The Percy Strothers Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2017 to continue the lifelong legacy of Percy Strothers. He was a dedicated citizen to his country, community and family. Percy was also a true believer that an education was extremely important. Born on June 7, 1925, he had life struggles that was not easy to bare as young adult. Born in Natchez, Mississippi his mother died shortly after his 1st birthday of an unknown illness. Thereafter, his grandmother raised him unitil her death. He was 7 years old. His father then raised him to the age of 13 thereafter his father died of lingering complications of a car accident. Percy was then raised by his stepmother until he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. He volunteered to enter the military to help protect his country at an early age. After such turmoil through his youth, Percy was dedicated to make a better life for himself and his family through work ethics, hard work and determination.
In 1943, after finishing high school Percy joined the Army at the age of 17, where he served for 3 years. As a World War II Veteran, his tenure included the United States of America, England, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the ATO-Medal, EAMETO-Medal, GOOD CONDUCT Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He married the former Carolyn Sue Webster on October 30, 1966 and to this union two wonderful children were born. Percy remained a faithful husband to Carolyn for 50 years. After returning from the Army, he opened the first black owned Taxi Cab business in Vicksburg MS, which he operated for 27 years. He also worked for Shell Oil Co. for 11 years. Percy later worked for the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier for 27 years and Mail Supervisor for 1 year before retiring in 1990. Percy served his community well. He enjoyed serving his community as a Local Historian and Legendary community activist. Percy was affiliated with the National Association of Letter Carriers, NAACP
(National Association of Advancement of Colored People), American Legion Tyner-Ford Post 213 and the Esquire Club of Vicksburg. He served as past President of Vicksburg Letter Carriers Union Branch 94, past Chairman for the State of MS Letter Carriers Sons and Daughters Scholarship Committee. Percy received a Proclamation from Mayor Robert Walker designating November 30th as Percy Strothers Day in Vicksburg, MS. Percy was instrumental in the development of the 1st Black Subdivision (Melinda Robinson Subdivision) where he served as chairperson of the development. In honor of his hard work and dedication the street in the neighborhood bares his name.
The Percy Strothers Foundation, Inc. will provide Educational Scholarships to youth in all counties of Mississippi to attend any college of their choice.
To qualify for the scholarship, the youth must participate in the Percy Strothers Foundation, Inc. yearly summer programs starting at the age of 10. The applicant must also be a U.S. ciitizen.
The summer programs will include the following:
1) Mentorship into adulthood
3) Health and Wellness
4) Athletic Programs
6) Career placement assistance
Once the youth have completed each summer program and has graduated from High School with a grade point average of 2.5 or better, they will qualify for a educational scholarship from the Percy Strothers Foundation, Inc.
You can send questions about the scholarship process to:
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Kennedi Cooper is a 2019 graduate of Clinton Christian Academy. Kennedi graduated with honors with a 4.0 GPA. She describes herself as compassionate, ambitious, and confident. She was a busy member of the student body where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Cheerleading Team, Student Government Association, Fellowship with Christian Athletes, and was a founding member of the Drama Club. If Kennedi could meet any famous person in the world, it would be Oprah Winfrey. Oprah inspired Kennedi because she simply believed in herself. One of Kennedi‘s favorite quotes by Oprah is “create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because what you believe is what you become.” Isaiah 41:10 is her favorite bible verse; “so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand”. Kennedi will be attending Ole Miss this fall where she will major in Journalism/Broadcasting.
Kahlil R. Morgan will be a Freshman at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Fall 2019 majoring in the Oil & Gas Technology program.
I was born in Rome, Georgia. At the age of 2, my family and I returned to Jackson, Mississippi. I attended the B.E.A.C.O.N Center/Black’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Here, at a very early age, I was introduced to the scripture, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I participated in community service at school events and at a veterinarian hospital. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing video games, going to the movies, and going out to eat. In the lower grades, I participated in school pageants, fundraisers, and social events. Outside of school, I engaged in ballet, tap, and jazz dance and recreational softball. My love for softball continued to Terry High School where I was a member of the softball team for 3 years. This year I was the recipient of the Terry High School Softball 2019 Bulldog Academic Award. Also while at Terry High School, I was a member of JROTC for 4 years (leadership position, a member of the drill team, and a member of the physical training team), a Terry High School Homecoming Court Senior Maid, and a soccer manager. I graduated from Terry High School on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, with special honors and a 3.69 GPA. This summer I will be attending Jackson State University’s Summer Bridge Program. After the summer program, I will continue my education at Jackson State University, where I have received an Academic Leadership Scholarship and a 3 year ROTC scholarship. I will be majoring in Computer Science with interest in assimilation animation and/or cyber security. I hope to own a business one day. Also, upon graduating, I will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant for United Sta
The Percy Strothers Foundation is a Not-for-profit organization. The EIN number is 82-2629402
PO Box 21059, Jackson MS. 39280
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Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to inspire our youth of today to be great leaders of tomorrow through education and mentorship. Together, we can make a difference. The Percy Strothers Foundation is a Not-for-profit organization. The EIN number is 82-2629402.
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