RI Alumni recognize scholarship winners
The Rappahannock Industrial (RI) Academy Alumni Association held its Annual Meeting and Banquet recently at Essex Intermediate School. The association celebrates the history and legacy of the RI Academy, a private boarding school for African-Americans that was in operation in Essex County from 1902 to 1948.
The RI Academy primarily served students from Essex, King and Queen, and Middlesex counties, and the alumni association has awarded scholarships to students from these three counties since 1978. The 2014 scholarship winners were introduced at the event. They are Lindsey Saunders of Essex County, Patrick Thompson of King and Queen County, and Alexis Beverley of Middlesex County. Viola Thompson of Essex County, a 2013 recipient whose scholarship has been renewed for the upcoming year, was also introduced.
Prior scholarship winners were acknowledged at this year’s meeting. John H. Mercer Jr. of King and Queen, a scholarship recipient in 2010 and 2011, was the featured speaker.