The North Hills Ebony Women, Inc. held their annual scholarship reception in the Art Gallery at La Roche College June 27. Dina Clark, YWCA director of race and gender equity, provided the keynote address while NHEW President Joy Maxberry Woodruff added remarks. Scholarship committee co-chairs Fawn Robinson and Sharon Rollock presented the students with checks for $750 each.

WINNERS—DaMarra Underwood and Taylor Nile Doaty hold scholarship checks as co-chairs Fawn Robinson and Sharon Rollock look on. Center is Joy Maxberry Woodruff, president.

Taylor Nile Doaty of Pine Twp./Wexford was awarded the Norma Ware Duncan Memorial Scholarship in tribute to one of the founders of the organization. Taylor is a 2010 graduate of Oakland Catholic High School where she was a member of the National Honors Society, Mukwano Club, Film Club, Varsity Track Team, and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. While Taylor is a scholar with an amazing 4.46 GPA, she also was the subject of a feature sports article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her accomplishment as the WPIAL Champion in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The May 26, New Pittsburgh Courier article, “Doaty chooses chance for gold over commencement” detailed Taylor’s decision to participate in the PIAA State Track meet instead of her high school graduation ceremony. Taylor is the daughter of Nile and Thomas Doaty and will attend Georgetown University this fall.

DaMarra Underwood of Chartiers City/Pittsburgh was awarded the North Hills Ebony Women Scholarship. Dual enrollment at Community College of Allegheny County and CAPA, she is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School and a member of the National Honors Society, National Music Honor Society and Metropolitan Baptist Church Youth Group. DaMarra organized CAPA students in a march and spoke before Pittsburgh City Council in support of classmate Jordan Miles who was beaten by police. She is also a much sought after singer and has recorded a gospel CD titled “Ol’ Skool Gospel” which is being played on 22 gospel radio stations and is being downloaded in Europe, Japan and Canada. She is the daughter of Gloria and Howard Underwood and will attend Howard University in the fall.

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