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Lehigh Cavalier Domino Club awards four scholarships

May 17, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Cavalier Domino Club presented four students with a scholarship during its Mother's Day Dinner.

Lehigh Cavalier Domino Club Schol-arship Committee Chairman Bernadette Cummings said this is the fourth year the club has provided scholarships for students.

"It's an annual thing," she said of the scholarships. "We will be awarding at least two each year."

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Front row, from left, scholarship recipients Annie Leon (will be attending Florida Southwestern State College); Cynthia Louis (will be attending Southeastern University); Benjamin Grant (will be attending Florida A & M University) and Anari Thomas (will be attending Florida Southwestern State College). Back row from left, Scholarship committee members Laureen Slater, Audrey Reid, John Gibbons, Marie Bobb and Bernadette Cummings, chairman of the Scholarship Committee.


Although the club did not receive any applicants for the scholarship last year, this year they received nine.

The final five applicants underwent a short interview before the final four were chosen. Cummings said they put them through a panel of four committee members to let them get accustomed to the real world.

The four students received $1,000 each. In order to be eligible they had to be a high school graduate with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and be accepted to a college, university or vocational school.

The Louise Moore Scholarship Program recipients were Cynthia Louis, Annie Leon and Benjamin Grant. Anari Thomas was the recipient of the Patrick Bobb Scholarship.

President Clive Cummings strives to achieve and maintain a positive impact on the Lehigh community and has provided four scholarships for Lehigh students.

The scholarship committee is comprised of four members. In addition to Bernadette, Audrey Reid, John Gibbons and Laureen Slater also sit on the committee.

"We don't always agree. We really work together with different opinions and ideas," she said of the committee. "One of the committee members is a high school teacher. The other three are retirees of the business world. We bring those different ideas to the committee."

Bernadette said in order to maintain the integrity of the program, the committee established a criteria before the application opened for the scholarship.

"You don't want to show favoritism in any way. We work to maintain the integrity of the program," she said.

The Lehigh Cavalier Domino Club, which began in 2002, meets at the Majestic Golf Club Crown Room. Bernadette said in addition to sponsoring dominos and domino tournaments, they also sponsor other social activities. Some of the domino tournaments take the players as far as St. Lucie and West Palm Beach.

"Those teams travel here too to play tournaments," she said.

The club is currently comprised of 75 members who met Thursday, Friday and Saturday to play dominos, as well as other games.

"It's more of a social environment," Bernadette said.



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