The Arcadia Women Association (AWA) continues to seek ways to help and uplift communities. Recently, the organization made a commitment to Grambling State University to endow a scholarship.
GSU was chosen because each member has a personal connection to the university. Many of the members of AWA, either attended, graduated or had a family member to graduate from Grambling.
There was no doubt in their minds that they were going to do something for dear ole Grambling.
The organization wanted to ensure that Grambling State University continues to educate, shape and mold the next generation of productive men and women. The association wanted to support an institution that has given so much not only to its sons and daughters, but also to the community, state and region.
The association was organized in 1996, by a few women of the Hebron B. C. Mission Department. The group was incorporated September 30, 1996 with the mission to uplift, help; its motto, Women Making A Difference.
Since its founding, AWA has awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to area students.
AWA sponsors a plethora of community activities and events including: an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast to honor the memory and legacy of the late slain civil rights leader, an annual Senior breakfast to salute the graduating class of Arcadia High School, an annual golf classic to underwrite the awarding of scholarships given yearly, and an annual “Taste of Arcadia,” where various dishes special to the Arcadia community are served. In addition, the organization is always prepared to assist the community when needed as numerous families displace by fires, storms, and other perils have benefited from their benevolence.
The group also helped to purchase banners for Arcadia Historic District and has sponsored a needy child through World Vision.