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3 Sep 2020

$15,000 in scholarships awarded to local students

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September 3, 2020 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Scholarship recipients and Beech leadership (from L-R); Jelani Hasan (Temple University), Andera Martin (Lincoln University), Kendra Stanford (Lincoln University), Zion Harris (Lincoln University), Nathan Little (Temple University), Dr. Kenneth Scott, president of Beech Companies, Lauren Ross (Temple University), Saul Williams (Temple University), Jabria Lowe-Smith (Temple University), Jermaine Heath (Community College of Philadelphia), Christine Brown, director of Beech Community Services. Not pictured: Larry Mapp (Cheyney University), Troy Pittman (Temple University),Aaron Rodney (Cheyney University), Kynoebi Simpson-Hankins (Temple University), Janay Washington (Cheyney University), Anya Westcott (Lincoln University)

Beech Companies recently provided $15,000 to 15 students from Community College of Philadelphia, Cheyney University, Lincoln University and Temple University.

Over the past 30 years Beech has provided hundreds of college scholarships to Black and minorities students from Philadelphia. The Beech scholarship program prides itself on being one of the few organizations that provide scholarships to upper classmen.

Research shows that, due to the pandemic, more families are concerned about the financial ramifications and their ability to pay for college. In addition, higher education institutions are anticipating an increase in students’ financial aid need.

Students from Community College of Philadelphia and Beech Leadership (L-R); Dr. Kenneth Scott, Jermaine Heath and Christine Brown.

“Now more than ever we have to support funding and other services to students during the pandemic as many colleges have cut financial support and services this year,” Dr. Kenneth Scott, president of Beech Companies, said. “This is especially important as students are often forced to leave school, not because of academics, but because of their inability to pay the tuition.”

The Beech Scholarship Fund was established by Beech Companies in honor of Beech Companies four founders, Dr. Bernard C. Watson, John Haas, F. Otto Haas, and Floyd W. Alston. 

Students from Temple University and Beech leadership (L-R); Dr. Kenneth Scott, Kendra Stanford, Andera Martin, Zion Harris, Christine Brown

For additional information and requirements, families should visit or call (215) 763-8824.

About the Beech Scholarship Fund

The Beech Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to deserving and qualifying minority students.

The scholarships are in honor of Beech’s founders, Dr. Bernard C. Watson, John C. Haas, F. Otto Haas and Floyd W. Alston.

The funding commitment from the Beech Scholarship Fund sets a criterion that includes having a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, declaring a major in either Arts, Business, Engineering or Education, and are active in extra-curricular activities through their school, church, community or work. For additional information, please visit:

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