New Pacesetters selected at Northwest Florida State College


At a June 22 luncheon, Northwest Florida State College honored the newest members of the college's Pacesetters group. The young men were selected after a competitive interview process involving a committee of college staff and community members.

Pacesetters signing their contracts

The Pacesetters Scholarship Program assists African-American males who graduated from high school in Okaloosa or Walton counties and will attend college for the first time during the upcoming fall term. The scholarship is valued at $1,000 per academic year. The experience of serving as a Pacesetter includes the opportunity to be mentored by community leaders, as well as a requirement to complete the Service Learning Seminar course, through which the Pacesetters volunteer as mentors in local elementary schools.

The new Pacesetters are Rahshawn Caldwell of DeFuniak Springs (Walton High School); Tyler James of Crestview (Niceville High School); Anquan Lee Jr. of Crestview (Niceville High School); Charterion Moore of Crestview (Crestview High School); and Erik Young of Niceville (Niceville High School).

Alpha Phi Alpha checkAlso at the luncheon, two former Pacesetters, Romello Hillsman and Brent Marshall, were recognized for overcoming adversity to earn their degree from NWF State College. And a ceremonial check was presented representing the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity's annual donation to fund one of the Pacesetter scholarships.


Pacesetters signing: Four of Northwest Florida State College's five new Pacesetters are shown signing their contracts on June 22. L-R: Rahshawn Caldwell, Charterion Moore, Anquan Lee, and Erik Young. Not pictured: Tyler James.

Pacesetters check: Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity donates $2,000 each year to fund one of the Pacesetters scholarships at NWF State College. Shown holding the check are recipient Anquan Lee and Interim Director of Student Life Sam Hill.

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