By Bluefield State Faculty
The primary recipients of the “Terry Thompson and John Cardwell” scholarships are pictured on the latest Hatter Corridor Scholarship Luncheon at Bluefield State Faculty.  They’re (seated, left-to-right) Damien Lynch, Aziyah Jackson, (standing, left-to-right) Michael Acheampong, Michelle Lawson, Kashif Alston, Terry Thompson (BSC retiree for whom, with John Cardwell, the scholarship was named), Patrice Sterling, Nia Lumpkins, and Desmond Freeman.  BSC alumna Tosin and Yemisi Falasinnu pledged $100,000 to create the scholarship fund, named in honor of the Bluefield State Faculty retirees who assisted the Falasinnus throughout their undergraduate years on the Faculty. The Mercer County Chapter of the BSC Alumni Affiliation acquired the $100,000 pledge.

Tosin (John) Falasinnu and his sister, Yemisi (Josephine) Falasinnu are proud Bluefield State Faculty alumni.  Following their commencement a number of years in the past, they’ve loved productive and fulfilling careers. Tosin is a Supervisor, iPhone Product High quality, at Apple, Inc. and Josephine is a registered nurse.  Each now dwell and work in San Jose, California.  They’ve pledged $100,000 to assist different college students of their educational pursuits at Bluefield State Faculty.

The scholarship program underwritten by their generosity is known as in honor of two former BSC workers, Terry Thompson and John Cardwell, each of whom at the moment are retired.  “When Tosin and Josephine traveled from their residence in Lagos, Nigeria to Bluefield State, John Cardwell and I took them underneath our wings, discovered housing for them, and helped each all through their pupil years at BSC,” recalled Thompson, former Educational Advisor within the Counseling and Advising Heart and Registrar on the Faculty.

“Josephine and Tosin actually appreciated our assist and the help they acquired after they have been college students at Bluefield State,” Thompson continued, “they usually determined to pledge $100,000 to allow extra college students to additional their schooling at BSC.  Each labored as tutors after I was a tutorial advisor within the Counseling Heart. They have been like my kids your entire time they attended BSC, spending each vacation with me and my household.”

Cardwell additionally supplied well timed perception and help for the Falasinnu siblings, in response to Thompson.  “John handled them with such respect,” she stated.  “He was all the time accessible, sharing recommendation and perception to assist each Tosin and Josephine. He made positive they have been financially steady, and he handled them with such respect,” Thompson recounted.

The Mercer County Chapter of the Bluefield State Faculty Alumni Affiliation acquired the Falasinnus’ pledge together with their preliminary $10,000 test.  The scholarships shall be awarded yearly to Black or Hispanic college students with monetary want and who keep a minimal 3.0 grade level common.

“The Falasinnus are excellent examples of BSC success tales,” added  Cardwell, former Vice President for Pupil Affairs.  “Now they’re able to provide again so others can have the identical academic alternatives that they had.  Tosin and Josephine are true ambassadors for Bluefield State Faculty.”

The primary “Terry Thompson and John Cardwell Scholarship” recipients acquired $1,000 awards through the February 18 Hamilton Hatter Scholarship Luncheon at BSC. They’re Damien Lynch, Aziyah Jackson, Michael Acheampong, Michelle Lawson, Kashif Alston, Patrice Sterling, Nia Lumpkins, and Desmond Freeman.