Trinity Marie Baynham, a junior Education Major at Mississippi State University, received a generous Christmas gift and New Year’s surprise. When her mother, Nicole Hernandez, Store Manager at UPS in Southaven, MS, asked her daughter to drop by her job, she was presented a $2,000 Elizabeth McGhee King Scholarship by the late Elizabeth McGhee King’s two sons, Rev. Dr. Ronnie C. King, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church Memphis, and the respected four-time Emmy Award winning Director and Producer, Curtis King. Full of emotions, Baynham said, “this is one of the best Christmas gifts and New Year’s surprise a person can get. I will cherish this scholarship and will do everything possible to uphold the personal responsibilities and education values Ms. King so vigorously imparted in many young people she taught and those who she encouraged to further their educational career.”
With a 3.7 GPA, Baynham received a soccer scholarship at North West Community College (NWCC) in Senatobia, Mississippi. She was on the Soccer Team at NWCC from 2019-2021. Baynham loves to read and hike during her leisure.
Ms. King was an educator who taught in public education at Senatobia Public School for over four decades, prior to her retirement in 1990. In 1987, she was the first African American to receive the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Senatobia Chamber of Commerce.
The Elizabeth McGhee King Scholarship Program is a collaborative partnership with Psi Beta Zeta Chapter (Precious Pearls Scholarship Program) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, which Ms. King was an active member. “We are extremely excited to partner with Ms. King’s sons and grandchildren to be a part of this scholarship initiative” said Neffie Gatewood of Zeta’s Precious Pearls Foundation. “Soror King was a major voice and an advocate for education in the state of Mississippi and Sorority.”
More scholarships will be granted in the early spring of 2022 to students who pursue their education in the Teaching profession.