2012 Book Scholarship Recipient

From left to right, Chantil Coleman, BWCA members Beverly Andrews and Wanda Dorsey

Chantil was selected as a 2012 recipient of the Black Women’s Coalition of Atlanta, Inc’s, Lita McClinton Book Scholarship.  She is a graduate of Henry W. Grady High School with a 3.8 GPA.  She will be attending Wesleyan University.
Chantil was selected on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, and leadership potential.  Giving back and volunteer service are more than requirements for graduation; they are passions that Chantil holds dear to her heart.  Being a recipient of aid herself, Chantil is diligent about giving back.  Chantil’s favorite quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatmas Gahndi’s words spoken decades before Chantil was born, resonates with her, through food and clothing drives, tutoring, and neighborhood cleanups.
Chantil was also recently selected as Boys and Girls Club Georgia’s “Youth of the Year.” Chantil has been a member of the Bellwood Boys and Girls Club since she was seven years old.   She has demonstrated that her Club is important and the youth that frequent the Club are her brothers and sisters.
Chantil’s service to the community is highlighted in the work that she does with the Grady Teen health clinic.  Chantil dedicated her time to helping her peers identify and pursue healthy relationships.  Chantil readily gives advice about the consequences of risky behavior.  Chantil helps other teens see the benefits of hard work by using her life as an example.  Overcoming adversity is necessary in Chantil’s neighborhood and Chantil boldly shares her own past struggles and encourages her peers inside the Club and out to make the right decisions.
The Book Scholarship will be awarded each semester during her college tenure as long as she maintains a 3.0 GPA.