|L to R:Vice-President Thomas Haynes, President Elmira Mangum, Jeannetta Scriven and Rev. Charles J. Scriven|
There is truth behind the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Reverend Charles J. Scriven and the members of Corinth Christian Fellowship in Midway, Fla. understand that proverb and take it to heart. Recently, the small congregation of seven members donated $1,000 to the scholarship fund at FAMU to support a student in need.
“This is the Christian ministry – supporting missions and education,” said Scriven. “We want to see students excel in life and education is one of the most positive ways to succeed.”
The church has been contributing scholarship dollars targeted to benefit students from Gadsden County for the past five years. This year, the decision was made to provide the funds directly to FAMU for the use of a student who needed financial assistance to make ends meet.
“This heartfelt donation is an example of the community partnership that we look forward to growing with organizations in the Big Bend area,” said Mangum. “Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is intricately woven into the fabric of the community, which is evident by the outpouring of support we receive from near and far.”
Pastor Scriven, a former adjunct professor in FAMU’s department of criminal justice, said it is the responsibility of the Christian ministry to support students who are pursuing an academic career and he would encourage other churches to do the same.