Greater Memphis Media founder/CEO Brian Clay, with new LOC President Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs (left) on hand, details the latest round of scholarships. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

The fifth annual Greater Memphis Media Scholarship Awards presentation was held at LeMoyne-Owen College on Tuesday.

“It’s about providing one of the pinnacles of social justice – education opportunities – for HBCU’s and (about) recognizing Shelby County Schools educators for excellence under incredible circumstances,” said Brian Clay, founder/CEO of Greater Memphis Media, Inc.

This year’s grants and awards totaled $2,450.

Clay detailed these scholarships and recipients:

* Greater Memphis Media, Inc/ Speaker Pro Temp Emeritus Lois DeBerry Scholarship for Journalism/ Political Science Students; $1,000, LeMoyne-Owen College;

* Greater Memphis Media, Inc./ Bernal E. Smith II Academic Achievement Award for Memphis/ Shelby County incoming Freshmen Attending HBCU’s; $500, Christian Clark, TSU;

* Greater Memphis Media, Inc./ Shelby County Schools Educator of the Year; Syreeta Williams, counselor/ Brian Ingram, principal, Dunbar Elementary; $250;

* LeMoyne-Owen College Athletics; $500, Athletic Director Clint Jackson;

* Special Award – Pandemic Scholastic Fund – National Douglass Alumni; $200.

Greater Memphis Media founder/CEO Brian Clay (center) is pictured with (l-r) Mary Alyce Clay, Douglass Alumni Association; Towanda Peete Smith, board member of Best Media Properties, Inc., parent company of The New Tri-State Defender; Brianna Smith-Herman, daughter of the late Bernal E. Smith II, founder and former president of Best Media Properties; Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs, president of LeMoyne-Owen College; Carla Stotts Hills, chairwoman of Greater Memphis Media, Inc.; Brian Clay; Christian Clark TSU, scholarship winner; Syreeta Williams and Brian Ingram, SCS Educators of the Year; Kirsten Hurd, president of LeMoyne Owen College National Alumni Association; Van Turner Jr., Shelby County Commissioner, president Memphis Branch NAACP, and LOC Athletic Director Clint Jackson. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)