Mary E. Wood and Larry W. Carter Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Mary E. Wood and Larry W. Carter Scholarship Recipients Announced
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August 7,  2015. Des Moines, IA: The Community Foundation administers the Mary E. Wood Scholarship and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship funds which provide scholarships for African-American students seeking higher education.

Recipients of the 2015 Mary E. Wood Scholarship include:
Janita Pegram studying Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa
Kali Weiss studying Biology or Chemistry at St. Olaf College

Recipients of the 2015 Larry W. Carter Scholarship include:
Chimuanya Kween Agba studying Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University
Meredith Burkhall studying Journalism & Mass Communication at Iowa State University
Eric Butoto studying Agriculture at Iowa State University
Dominique Dafney studying Kinesiology at Iowa Western College
Ashkeya Denae Flemings studying Aging Services Management at the University of Northern Iowa
Keadra Foster studying Fashion Design Merchandising at Iowa State University
Gloria Graves pursuing a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at Drake University
Quinton Jenkins studying Biology at Morehouse College
Skylar Mayberry-Mayes studying Business Administration at Iowa State University
Julian Neely studying Journalism & Mass Communication at Iowa State University
Hermina Ngalim studying Nursing at Indian Hills Community College
Janita Pegram studying Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa
Sierra Singleton studying Kinesiology at Iowa State University
Sabonis J. Smith studying Business at Simpson College
Andre Thomas studying International Relations/Affairs at American University
Chris Thomas studying Physical Therapy at Kirkwood Community College
Kali Weiss studying Biology or Chemistry at St. Olaf College
Kellen Zanders studying Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design


About Mary E. Wood

Mary E. Wood was born August 28, 1902, in Des Moines, Iowa.  She attended Des Moines Public Schools and graduated from East High School.  In 1924, she received her Bachelors Degree from Drake University and continued her education at New York University in New York City, receiving a Master of Arts in Education. 

 

Mary Wood was the first African-American woman in the United States to be named executive director of a greater metropolitan YWCA and held that position in several states. After retiring, she served as a consultant for the National Board of the YWCA and implemented its imperative to "eliminate racism wherever it exists by any means necessary."

 

About Larry W. Carter

Larry W. Carter was also educated in Des Moines Public School system. He was the first African-American to enroll and graduate from the Intermountain School of Telegraphy.  He also received a degree from the Marquette University Advanced School of Management and the Management Development Institute.

 

Larry Carter worked for Norwest Financial for more than 27 years and eventually became one of the highest ranking African-American corporate officers in Des Moines.