Norwalk resident Mahogany Tillman has been awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship by Person-to-Person.
— an announcement from Person-to-Person
The P2P Scholarship Program was established in 1968 to provide financial assistance to college students from low-income households, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education.
With the awarding of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, each year P2P recognizes the considerable achievements of a college student who demonstrates a high degree of integrity and responsibility as well as a commitment to service and volunteering. In recognition of these accomplishments, each student is awarded $1,000.
Ms. Tillman was honored during the Jan. 20 ceremony commemorating Dr. King’s birthday, hosted by Stamford NAACP, with Ms. Betty McCree serving as Grand Marshall.
Speakers included Representative Jim Himes, Stamford Mayor David Martin, and Reverend Dr. Frederick J. Streets. Ms. Tillman was presented the award by P2P CEO Nancy Coughlin.
“Mahogany not only embodies the ideals of service championed by Dr. King, but she is instilling these values in her son, who volunteers alongside her, Coughlin said. “We applaud Mahogany’s dedication and perseverance.”
Ms. Tillman was nominated for the award by Mrs. Josephine Anderson, a member of P2P’s Scholarship Committee for over 30 years.
“Receiving the scholarship makes me feel valued and like I am on the right path,” Ms. Tillman said. “It will help me continue to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
She will be receiving her nursing degree from Sacred Heart University in May and plans to attend Southern New Hampshire University next year to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Ms. Tillman is committed to a life of service and to using her professional skills to help others in need.
Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services.
A community-supported agency, Person-to-Person is committed to providing individuals and families with assistance for basic needs to overcome daily challenges and access to resources to improve their lives.
With a vision of educated, financially stable, and hunger-free homes for all, programs include food and clothing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and Camperships and Scholarships.
With locations in Darien and Norwalk, and a mobile food pantry in Stamford, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.