Local students receive help for first year of college

by: Tenikka Smith Updated:

CHARLOTTE - Four Charlotte students were honored for their academic achievements while overcoming major challenges.

On Sunday, the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Tau Gamma Delta Sorority Inc. held its Trunks for Success program.  The event provides trunks filled with school supplies and personal items for students as they prepare to start their first year of college.

Chapter president Sherika Mays said the selected students have overcome the challenges of being raised in single parent homes, having families dealing with illness and living in homeless shelters.  They are also first-generation college students.

The recipients were Keith Wiggins of Myers Park High School, Ashley Fernandez of Marie G. Davis High School, Nadisha White of Garringer High School and Anthony Proctor of Marie G. Davis High.
The sorority also awarded Fernandez  a $500 scholarship.

"Each of the four students selected had amazing stories of challenge but their acceptance to college shows their triumph," Mays said. "We are so proud to offer them assistance with college expenses."