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Student receives ALD scholarship

Stevens Edwards, Afrikan Liberation Day Scholarship Fund Committee member; Solomon Gaut, scholarship recipient; and Paul Taylor, Afrikan Liberation Day Scholarship Fund member. COURTESY PHOTO

The Afrikan Liberation Day (ALD) Committee Scholarship Fund has awarded $500 to Solomon Gaut, a graduate of Denby High School. Solomon has been accepted into Grand Valley State School of Nursing. Nominees had to have reasonably high grade point averages and have been accepted at a college.

Paul Taylor, a member of the Afrikan Liberation Day Scholarship Fund, said recipients must also commit to remaining part of the community. “We ask them to stay involved with the ALD,” Taylor said. “We don’t want them to forget their roots.”

Taylor said ALD celebrates the liberation process of Afrikan people. “If we were going to liberate, we need to educate,” Taylor said. “Students who graduate from high school and have been accepted at a college or university sometime — most of the time — need help.

Solomon is studying to become a nurse anesthetist. “A nurse anesthetist is a nurse who specializes in the administration of anesthesia,” Solomon said.

Historically, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the United States received an anesthesia bachelor’s degree. In 1981, the Council on Accreditation developed guidelines for master’s degrees. Solomon plans to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Grand Valley State and attend two years of medical school.

“I always wanted to save lives. I applied to different schools. Grand Valley accepted me and gave me an $11,000 scholarship,” Solomon said. “But I value the $500 from ALD as much because it came from people who live in my community.”


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