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Pictured, from left, are Nancy Newson, corresponding secretary of the Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner; Yvonne Stanford, president of the Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Rosalyn Griffin, scholarship chair of the Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
CLARKSDALE – Members of the Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., presented Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner with a check for $10,000 Wednesday.
The money was generated with the help of legislation passed in 2002 by the State of Mississippi that allowed the organization to have distinctive automobile license plates available for purchase. Portions of the proceeds are placed in a tag fund that is divided among the five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state.
According to Towner, the donations will be used to aid students continuing their education at CCC.
"Colleges will increasingly need to partner with organizations as we endeavor to provide accessible, affordable and quality educational services and training to students. Monetary gifts such as the $10K donation given by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporation significantly positions Coahoma Community College to help students,” said Towner.
President of the Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Yvonne Stanford said the sorority members are proud that their automobiles bear the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., tags and even prouder to be a part of the, “Driving Force Behind Education”.
“We challenge members of the sorority that don’t have a ‘Delta’ tag to purchase one as soon as possible so that we can help benefit even more students,” said Stanford. “This is a way we can help improve the recruitment and retention of students at HBCUs by showing them that there are funds and support available to help them along the way.”
Towner said he hopes the monetary gift will also prompt other organizations to support the institution.
“The generous donation can potentially serve as a spark of motivation for other organizations to partner with us, and we are excited and grateful for the trust and support given to our college," he said.