Anson natives start scholarship program

By: By Natalie Davis -

A group of African-American women, who are natives of Anson County and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, launched a scholarship program catered to college-bound high school senior female students attending Anson County Public Schools.

Courtnie Coble McIntosh formulated the idea Jan. 13, and shared the idea with fellow Anson County natives.

“Sweetheart Scholars” was born on Feb. 5, by McIntosh, Melissa Doggett, Ashely Little and Todnie Lotharp.

As in every strong organization, there is strength in numbers, they said.

Other members include attorneys Andre Flowers Mayes and Evadne K. Smith and DeLisa Woodburn Crosby, Ph.D. as fellow trailblazers in this initiative.

Anson Deltas are a group of educators, attorneys, vice presidents, CEOs, and nutritional experts who not only share a love for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated but a love for the community in which they grew up.

“We are proud to say that our members collectively have over 40 years of work experience and community service,” the founders said.

A “Sweetheart Scholar” will receive a $500 financial award which will “help mend financial barriers as well as mentoring from the Anson Deltas to create a network of women who will continue to leverage relationships in the community, as well as, in their personal lives.”

The scholarship criteria is as follows:

• Must be a female high school senior attending Anson High School, Anson County Early College or Anson Academy.

• Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (verified by official transcript).

• Must be accepted to a four-year college/university, two-year community college and/or trade school.

• Must submit one community service recommendation letter.

• Must submit one teacher recommendation from a high school instructor.

In May, two deserving young women will be awarded the first scholarships from the Anson Deltas.

For more information about this scholarship opportunity, call McIntosh at 704-222-1923 or Little at 757-773-5504, or email Lotharp at








By Natalie Davis