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List of Special Awards

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Special awards were established over the years in memory of individuals having a legacy of service to the Foundation and the community. The following Special Awards are listed below, with date of initiation


Delores P. Harper


Dr. James F. Cooper

Community activist and early Foundation supporter, along with husband, Robert, who funded the Award for many years.

Founding member and early supporter of Foundation; Practicing Psychiatrist. Award has been funded by wife Jean, daughter and son-in-law for many years.


Gilda W. Lewis

Founding member of the Foundation. Past President of Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, who designated scholarship in her name. The Sorority has funded the award at $1,000 a year for twenty-four years and $1,500 for eight years.


Columbia Foundation

The Columbia Foundation (now Community Foundation of Howard County) for many years provided annual operating grants to the Foundation.


William "Bill" Lewis

Established by the Foundation in memory of founding member "Bill" for his many years of service as President of the Foundation.


Ernestine Jones

Established by the Foundation in memory of Ernestine Jones, an energetic, devoted, and extraordinary founding member, who at different times served as Secretary, Campaign Chair, Treasurer, and President.

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