At its annual End of Year Ceremony on May 18, 2022, 25-year-old Fayette County nonprofit AVPRIDE awarded three graduating seniors scholarships for continuing education.

McIntosh High School students LynnAnn Koh and Jocelyn Wang were both recipients of the Pota Estel Coston Memorial Scholarship, which honors AVPRIDE’s dedicated Youth Programs Manager and Fayette County Commissioner who passed away in 2015. A graduate of Marshall University, the Honorable Pota Coston’s passion was public service and youth development. She was a member of more than a dozen civic organizations and exemplified servant leadership.

Bernard Coston, husband of the late Pota Coston, presented the awards saying, “What is unique about this is the scholarship is not based on GPAs or any writing of extensive resumes, but the PEC Scholarship is used to identify those students who have the greatest potential to make a difference in their communities and among the people they meet.”

Koh has participated in extensive school and community activities. While attending McIntosh, she has served as Peer Leader for New Sources of Strength Program since her sophomore year among other achievements including a Girl Scouts Gold Award. Wang holds the President’s title for her school’s National Honor Society, Debate Team, and We the People Organization. She is also a member of multiple honor’s societies. Both ladies are examples of students who have exemplified hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.

Fayetteville City Councilman and AVPRIDE board member Darryl Langford presented the Oliver Family Scholarship which is given in honor of former AVPRIDE board member Fred and Audra Nicole Oliver, to an outstanding Fayette County School System senior who exemplifies the high standards of academic excellence and service to community. Brian Lamb accepted the scholarship on behalf of his daughter, Julianne York, who was unable to attend.

York, a Whitewater senior, has been on the A-Honor Roll since first grade, has earned a Beta Club Medallion every year of membership for exceptional community service, and has a goal of starting a nonprofit hotel for the homeless that generates its own solar power. She plans to attend Georgia Tech for business administration in the fall.

AVPRIDE offers its congratulations to these, and all other, graduating seniors of the class of 2022.