D’Asysa Butler (Social Work major), Anthony Jones (Master of Social Work candidate), and Megan Sherrer (Master of Social Work candidate) were three of eight recipients chosen for The 431
Exchange Winter 2021 Scholarship. Jones was previously highlighted for this achievement.
Each student has a unique story that can be found on www.431exchange.org/news. In spite of the past year’s challenges these students have found courage and determination through the role models of parents and grandparents, and from compassionate allies at Jackson State University.
The 431 Exchange established a Scholarship Fund to award eight applicants with cash grants for continuing or vocational education in honor of the legacy of the Adult Education Center. Scholarships are $1,431 each in two different categories: Legacy and General Awards. Legacy Awards are open to descendants of the 431 graduates of The Adult Education Center, including: children, stepchildren, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. General Awards are open to the general public.
The Adult Education Center (AEC) on Exchange Place in New Orleans provided innovative vocational training to 431 inspirational women from 1965 to 1972. These women went on to become the first black secretaries to integrate the multinational corporations and local businesses of the city. Eventually their impact spread throughout the South and helped pave the way for equal employment opportunity for all American citizens. Jeanne and Jeff Geoffray, descendants of Alice Geoffray, the school’s director, created The 431 Exchange: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to advocate nationally on behalf of adult education and social justice issues.
For more information, please visit www.431exchange.org.