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Landsharks form scholarship in honor of Clements

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Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 12:20 pm

The Southside Virginia Landsharks Parrothead Club, based in Emporia, recently announced the creation of a $750 scholarship, to be given annually in memory of one of its former members, Moses Archie Clements. The scholarship will be awarded to the winning short essay applicant who will be attending any two year or four year accredited college or university.

“Moses believed that everyone should have the same opportunities afforded to them with regards to being able to improve their lives through education, and spoke frequently of friends and acquaintances that he knew who had worked two jobs while attending classes, or taken out huge tuition loans to be able to attend college, all because they realized how important a good education was to opening doors and offering opportunities that would not be available to them otherwise,” said Mike Veliky.

“He also was quick to acknowledge that not everyone was cut out to be a doctor. or a lawyer, and applauded those who simply wanted to develop the skills needed to learn a trade or other profession that would enable them to have a rewarding career”, said Veliky, one of the club’s founders.

As a Parrothead, Moses was always interested in helping others, and he offered his time and sometimes his own money to help people he knew as well as complete strangers who were in need, knowing that those he helped would someday be able to “pay it forward”.

It is with this philosophy in mind that this scholarship was created, to honor the memory of Moses, and to help “pay it forward”. The club has received donations in memory of Moses since his death earlier this year, and plans to hold one annual fundraiser each year, solely dedicated for the scholarship fund.

Applications will be accepted from Jan. 1 through June, for the 2018-2019 academic year. The award will be announced in early August. Applicants will be required to submit a short essay (500 words or less) providing information on how they have been able to “pay it forward” thus far in their life, through volunteering, helping others, preserving the environment, etc… To obtain an application, interested scholars should contact any Landsharks member, send an email or message to the club’s website or Facebook page, or request an application by mail by sending a request to: Southside Virginia Landsharks, 3858 Tryall Mill Rd., Emporia, Va. 23847. Donations to the scholarship fund can be done by the same method.