Club awards 2013 scholarship

Published 9:15 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Chums Club of Suffolk has awarded its 2013 scholarship to D’Angelo Jerome Wicks.

Wicks, a graduate of Lakeland High School, is attending Virginia State University, where he plans to major in psychology, this fall.



He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Wicks and is a member of East End Baptist Church, where he is involved in the Vision youth choir and youth ushers and has been honored as captain of the Bible Challenge Team and MVP of the Bible Challenge.


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The Chums Club was founded in 1937 by the late Aquila Graham, a music teacher in the former Nansemond County school system. The club was created to provide organized fellowship for her daughter and eight other young ladies who at the time were attending Nansemond Collegiate Institute.

The young ladies met weekly to encourage and support each other socially and academically. Now meeting monthly, the organization has continued to provide its members community service and personal and professional networking opportunities for 75 years.

In addition to the annual $500 scholarship, the club supports charitable projects including the American Red Cross, sickle cell anemia research, the Cheer Fund and food and gift basket distributions during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Madelaine Wilson, the club’s last surviving charter member, passed away in January. Currently there are 11 members and two honorary members of the club, whose current president is Mary Herndon.