Recipients of marching band scholarship announced


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (May 22, 2013) — Two recipients have been awarded the Charles E. Boddie Memorial Scholarship. Started in 2005, the endowed fund for members of the Marching Crimson Pipers Band was named after a former drum major who died in 1973. 

Charles Boddie of Phenix City, Ala., was a drum major for the Marching Crimson Pipers. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1973.
Gerriod Sharp, an occupational therapy graduate student from Montgomery, Ala., was a Tuskegee drum major and the first recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. He graduated with a master’s degree May 10. 

“Looking at my current financial status, the scholarship was very beneficial,’’ Sharp said, adding that he used the award to help buy books. “It opened many doors. Without books, I would have been lost. It helped me get through the year without being in a financial hole.’’

The recipient for the 2013-2014 year is Alandria Allen. She is a senior mechanical engineering major from Cincinnati. She plays baritone horn and French horn.

Boddie, Class of 1969, was drum major at Tuskegee for four years. He was also a student leader who served as class officer each of his four years at Tuskegee, and he was president of his senior class. He was also in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he served for three years.

To help the fund, donations should be mailed to Celestine Thomas, 324 Kresge Center, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088. Make checks payable to Tuskegee University with Boddie Scholarship on the memo line. Donations are tax deductible.

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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