The Overseer Richard Rayborn Sr. Scholarship Fund held its second annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on June 17.

Four Ascension Parish 2017 graduates were recognized and awarded $1,000. The students honored are John Dwight Riley IV, East Ascension High School graduate enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Monroe majoring in pharmacy; Tamiko Terraz Stroud, Donaldsonville High School graduate, attending Southern University Honors College with a double major in finance and English; Katilyn Tierra Williams, Donaldsonville High School graduate who plans to attend LSU to study biological engineering; and Bailey Alia Wright, East Ascension High School graduate who plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University's nursing program.

Irma Miller was the keynote speaker. She serves as an instructor and dean of academics at Christian Bible College of Baton Rouge, where she received a Doctorate of Theology in 1988. She received her bachelor's and master's +30 from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Miller challenged the four scholarship recipients to believe in themselves and develop a “can do attitude,” based on the Word of God – “I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.” (Philippians 4:13).

The Rev. Richard Rayborn II, pastor of the Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church in Gonzales, said he was proud  of the recipients and their academic accomplishments.

“Our scholarship is a financial gift of encouragement for four deserving graduating seniors in the Ascension Parish community,” Rayborn said.