The 2009 SC State Foundation Scholarship Gala and Tribute ~ 'A Night Among the Stars'

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ann NesbySC State’s Foundation Scholarship Gala and Tribute will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center on the campus of SC State.

The Scholarship Gala and Tribute is an annual opportunity to honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating an uncompromising commitment to the tenets of service, integrity and excellence. As the Foundation’s major fundraising event of the year, Gala proceeds are donated to the University to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students.

“We appreciate the efforts of SC State’s faculty and staff, alumni, and friends as they support the University’s Scholarship Gala and Tribute. The donations obtained for these scholarships provide a substantial resource for our students while receiving their education at SC State,” said Dr. Jackie Epps, interim vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement at SC State.

During this year’s Gala, SC State will celebrate the academic achievements of eight students. They are:

Anthony Beckett, freshman, English Education Major
Jaime D. Dicks, junior, Physical Education /Sports Management Major
Brittany R. Green, freshman, Management Major
Henry R. Guion, freshman, Professional English Major
Ashley C. Hughes, senior, Professional English Major
Dashan J. Axson-Lawrence, sophomore, English Education Major
Sharonda Littlejohn, senior, Biology Major
Abdalla K. Straker, senior, Business Economics Major

Ann Nesby, R&B, gospel and dance music singer will headline this year’s Scholarship Gala and Tribute.
Nesby is the former lead singer of Sounds of Blackness, a Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis, Minn.; a songwriter with credits including Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight; an actress who co-starred in the 2003 musical comedy drama The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles, and made various appearances on the hit television series American Idol.

Nesby has been nominated four times since her departure from the Sounds of Blackness, most recently for her 2007 album “This is Love”, with the lead single “I Apologize” being nominated for a Grammy during the 2008 Grammy Awards.

In March 2009, Nesby will release an R&B inspired gospel inspirational album, titled “The Lula Lee.”

For more information on the 2009 SC State Foundation Scholarship Gala and Tribute, contact Erica Prioleau, director of University Relations and Marketing at (803) 378-1407 or