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PHOEBE Ministries awards $6,000 in scholarships to Wilson County students

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Lori Graves, Niki Graves, Sammi Austin, Melinda Austin, Glynda Green and Ronda Martin at the inaugural PHOEBE Ministries scholarship banquet. SABRINA GARRETT / The Wilson Post

PHOEBE Ministries awarded $6,000 in scholarships to Wilson County students on Monday night.

A scholarship banquet to honor the six recipients was held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon. PHOEBE Ministries founder Ronda Martin explained that this was the first year they've done an outreach of this kind; however, PHOEBE Ministries, which is comprised of widows, often gives back to the community.

Each student received $1,000 to continue their education.

Martin said she gave information about the scholarships to the Wilson County Schools office to disperse. Applicants were required to be residents of Wilson County and have a widowed parent who had not remarried.

"The whole purpose is to help widows and children go to college and help their dreams come true," she said. "We hope to make this an annual event."

Niki Graves and Sammi Austin, who are currently seniors at Mt. Juliet High School, were two of the scholarship recipients.

Graves said they both plan to attend Tennessee Tech for college in the fall.

"Our school did a good job getting the information out," she added.

PHOEBE Ministries launched in 2010 under the direction of Martin and original members Glynda Green, Elaine Pearson and Carol Pharris.

Martin, a member of Immanuel, said she had been praying about God's plan for her when she was inspired by remarks for Pastor John Hunn. "Pastor Hunn mentioned seeing a widow who asked him, 'When does it stop hurting?' He said he had never walked down that road but that someone has - so I went and talked to him," she told The Wilson Post in an earlier interview. "God brought together these strong, Christian women."

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