Clarksville, Tennessee – In 2013, the African American Alumni Branch of Austin Bay State University established the Marvin Posey Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship is named after the late Marvin Busey, Jr., an APSU graduate and artist who created vibrant work during his lifetime. With the support of family, friends and community members, the scholarship has recently been awarded.
Angela Posey Jeffries, sister of Maven Posey Jr., spoke about the scholarship, saying, “Wow! My grandmother always said Chico would do great things one day! I know she would be very proud of her grandson who was born on her birthday. Even though my brother left us early So of his life, he lived 38 years to the fullest.He lived his dream of merging music and art together to brighten the world for others.He often spoke of leaving a legacy that would inspire people to live their dreams, enjoy music and appreciate art as much as he did.Marvin Posey Scholarship, Jr. Endowment is that the dream is complete.After Chico’s death, my parents’ wish was to establish a scholarship in his name in our alma mater.Unfortunately, due to my mother’s deteriorating health, they had to stop the process.I am incredibly thrilled that APSU started where I left off and that Chico’s legacy will continue. Already through the lives of future art students.”
In the late 1990s, painter Marvin Posey was one of the most promising young artists to emerge from Tennessee in years, with his work appearing in galleries across the country. Known for his vibrant artwork, Posey has exhibited in galleries from New York City to Atlanta, Chicago to Denver, and Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. Individuals, including former President Bill Clinton and Louise Mandrell, own private collections of his pieces.
This annual scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student and a returning African American student. To be eligible, freshmen must be admitted for the first time to APSU, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 23. Applicants must be registered Upperclassmen at APSU with junior or senior status and a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must also demonstrate campus and community involvement. To retain the scholarship for the second semester, recipients are required to complete 20 working hours at the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (WNDAACC). Applications for this scholarship must be submitted each year.
“I am very excited to be awarded this scholarship,” said Jasmine Jones (2004), president of the APSU African American Alumni Branch. “When the idea for the scholarship first came to me, I wasn’t sure when or if we would be able to reach our goal. It had been several years in preparation, but after a huge push over the past two years, we were finally able to cross that finish line. We are officially beginning to assist future governors in their pursuit of higher education. I am very happy that we were able to pave the way for more African American students to walk on this beautiful campus. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in our various fundraising events. Special thanks to all our donors From Posey Legacy and the Posey family. They made this possible, along with other donors. And the giving doesn’t end here! Please continue to donate at givetoapsu.com/Posey. I can’t wait to award the first scholarship winner, and I look forward to seeing how we continue to help Future Rulers!”
Endowments are permanently restricted trusts managed by the Austin Bay State University Foundation. The amount of each scholarship may vary and will be determined based on the endowment value and the institution’s spending plan.
To support APSU fundraising initiatives, contact the University Progress Office at 931-221-7127.
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