Pota Estel Coston Memorial Scholarship

About Pota Coston

The Pota Estel Coston Memorial Scholarship honors AVPRIDE’s dedicated youth programs manager and Fayette County County Commissioner who passed away in 2015.  A graduate of Marshall University, the Honorable Pota Coston’s passion was public service and youth development.

The Association of Village PRIDE, Inc. (AVPRIDE), which specializes in leadership development for teens and young adults, greatly benefited from her dedication. She began as director of career exploration and eventually became director of AVPRIDE’s workforce development program, coordinating and participating in numerous initiatives to help youth in the community.

She was a member of more than a dozen civic organizations including the county’s Ethics Board, the Chamber of Commerce, Fayette FACTOR, Friends of the Tyrone Library, and the River Oaks Advisory Board. She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church.

About the Pota Estel Coston Memorial Scholarship

Each year a $500 scholarship is given to a senior Fayette Youth Leadership Pride team member to assist with college or technical school costs. The scholarship is not based on GPAs or extensive resumes. Rather, the PEC scholarship aims to identify those students who have the greatest potential to make a difference in their community and among the people they meet.

How to Apply

Please fill out the biographical sketch (see link below). E-mail an essay that addresses one or more of the following areas.

  1. How have you changed while in the FYLP program? Describe the experiences which have influenced your outlook and development regarding life and your future plans.
  2. FYLP students are often described as “Diamonds in the Rough,” young people with great potential who could benefit from mentoring and a friendly environment that allows them the freedom to explore ideas and leadership skills that will serve them well in the future. How have you engaged with the FYLP program and your peers to develop your leadership skills?
  3. Team work and team development are crucial aspects of succeeding in the business world and as adults. Describe your team experiences as a FYLP student and how it has impacted your perspectives on achieving goals in your professional and work life.
  4. What has FYLP meant to you?

Please fill out the biographical sketch at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wdQDp3NnluZt9TUHfT5VCg7haJpeS-hIbq522yF_9LA/edit

Please email your essay to margarettecoleman@avpride.com.

Deadline: May 31, 2020