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The Kennetha Sawyers

About Ms. Sawyers

Ms. Kennetha D. Sawyers unexpectedly transitioned on January 30, 2022. A loving daughter, mother, and grandmother, Kennetha was very supportive of her daughters Shlonda and Niesha traveling for hours in support of their many rehearsals, football games, dance competitions, and other activity involvement. She was about “family” which meant so much to her! She knew how to walk into a room and brighten it up with “Hey Everybody” or her phone calls of “What you doing?”

In Kennetha's Honor

During our 2022 Holy Convocation, the Holy Spirit spoke to our founder to establish a memorial scholarship in her honor for graduating seniors who would be attending a 2 or 4-year college/university or a vocational training program. Apostle Snider went and asked them for permission to do so and they granted it. Ms. Sawyers is also the niece of our Vice Bishop, Bishop Byron L. Sawyers, Sr.

2024 Kennetha Sawyers Memorial Scholarship Criteria

  1. Be a Black or African American Senior (12th Grade) graduating from high school or receiving their GED by June 30, 2024, with a “B” average/ 3.0 average GPA, who will be attending either a 2 or 4-year college/university, vocational school, or some other educational learning experience/institution.

  2. Complete an essay (no more than 2 pages long, typed, double spaced, Times New Roman Font Size 12, black font) on the topic “Drinking and Driving”.

  3. Plagiarism is not allowed. Plagiarized papers will automatically disqualify entrants and will be reported.

  4. Essay submission cost: $10, non-refundable fee

  5. Essay Submission Timeline: July 20, 2023 – February 29, 2024.

  6. Zoom Interviews with Finalists: March/April 2024

  7. Winner(s) Notifications: By May 10, 2024.

  8. Prizes: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $150.

Essay Submissions

Click on the link below to fill out the form, submit your essay, and make payment. Please remember the deadline is February 29, 2024.

Kennetha Sawyers Memorial Essay Contest 2024 (

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