For the third year, Philander Smith College honored over 200 student scholars from local high schools at its annual African American High School Honors Ceremony on Sunday, February 25, as a part of its 2018 Black History Month events.
The event, which was created to help recognize academic excellence in the African American community, celebrates African American high school seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher from the Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District, Lighthouse Academies, Cabot High School, eStem Public Charter High School and other high schools in the Central Arkansas area. In addition to recognition for their scholastic achievements, Philander Smith also awarded a total of approx. $7.2 million in scholarships to students who qualified.
Mr. Frank D. Scott, Jr., a native of Little Rock and executive at First Security Bank, served as the keynote speaker for this year's ceremony to close out Black History Month activities.