Bed-Stuy Tutoring Service Launches Scholarship in Memory of Donor

A Bed Stuy tutoring service has launched a $1,000 grant for HBCU students in memory of its first donor, who passed away from COVID-19.

MB Tutoring Founder MJ Bryant said the Celena Thomas Memorial Scholarship was established to continue Thomas’ legacy of giving back to the community and supporting scholars through college.

MJ Bryant. Photo: MB Tutoring website.

“Celena was a graduate of Florida A&M University and has consistently donated her time, resources and money to students and organizations that advance student education and well-being,” Bryant said, adding that the scholarship would create a legacy she looks forward to would be proud.

To apply for the scholarship, students must attend an HBCU, have a GPA of at least 2.5, and write a short essay that answers the question, “Studies show that 30% of college students drop out within their freshman year . Describe your plan for success during your freshman year. How Will Winning The Celena Thomas Memorial Scholarship Help You Stay On The Path To Graduating College?

Bryant is hosting an event at Bushwick’s Industry Kitchen on February 27 to announce the winner of the competition, and he said he wants every student to leave the event understanding that they are loved by their community and country.

“We want the scientists to feel supported, and we want them to know that even people they’ve never met are cheering them to the finish line,” said Bryant.

“This scholarship is designed to build community, promote fraternity and ensure that scholars are sent to college with a determination to complete the process.”

Bryant said he began his tutoring service after, as a middle school English teacher, he realized that several of his students lacked the necessary basic skills.

“I’ve had eighth graders reading at fifth grade reading levels and there was nothing I could do about it during my class time. To help, MB Tutoring was born and within our first month we have been helping children in New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Alabama,” he said.

His goal is to ensure students achieve their academic goals and develop a love of learning, “and we give them the tools they need to be successful in their school and their lives.”

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