“In a broader sense, I would define academic excellence as the will to do more, to learn more, to become more. True excellence is walking out of this convocation hungry for more success. True excellence is rising above yourself and doing a bit more than you did yesterday in and out of the classroom.” – Jude Dartey, Sponsor-A-Scholar, Class of 2017
On Wednesday, March 29, Philadelphia Futures hosted the White-Williams Scholars Honors Convocation, celebrating the legacy of White-Williams Scholars and recognizing the academic excellence, commendable character and outstanding commitment of students participating in Philadelphia Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection Programs.
The evening began with a video highlighting the rich history of White-Williams Scholars through the eyes of Reverend Olivia Stuard Henry, one of the first White-Williams Scholars, who graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1924. Following the video, our students reflected on the three characteristics that make up a White Williams scholar today — academic excellence, commendable character and outstanding commitment — and how Philadelphia Futures prepares them for college success.
After the awards presentation, guests attended a reception with light refreshments to celebrate the accomplishments of our White-Williams Scholars recipients. See photos of the evening on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media pages.