The Bel Alton High School Alumni Association is proud to offer scholarships to Charles County's graduating high school seniors and other young adults in honor of our founders.
Our founders saved an important part of black cultural history in Charles County. They boldly interceded with the Charles County government in the late 1980s to stop its planned demolition of our historic Bel Alton High School building, raised six million dollars to restore the building, and ran a community center in the building from 2008 to 2015.
The Bel Alton High School was one of two segregated high schools that offered a secondary-level education for the 'colored children' of Charles County. The school opened in 1938, during the pre-WWII 'Jim Crow' era, and ran until the County integrated schools in 1966.
The Bel Alton High School is the only Historically Black High School in Charles County whose original building structure is still fully intact. The school building and the black community it served are important parts of Charles County's heritage.
The Bel Alton High School Alumni Association, in honor of its founders and the cultural history of the Bel Alton High School, is pleased to offer scholarships to help students defray some of the cost of pursing their educational goals.
We also hope that our Scholarship program will help us to preserve, promote, and share the cultural history of the historic Bel Alton High School and the Black community it served.
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Matthews N. Wills, Chair
T. Jerome Short, Vice Chair
Joseph Johnson, Treasurer
Mary Whalen, Secretary
Joyce M. Brown, Chair
Matthews N. Wills
T. Jerome Short