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Wiley junior Krystal Watson has received a $20,000 Anthony Anderson Scholarship to help her complete her final year of study at Wiley College. She was presented the award on stage during the early April taping of the United Negro College Fund Evening of Stars in Atlanta, Georgia. She was invited by UNCF to attend the show, but she had no clue she had earned the scholarship or that she would be called on stage to receive it from the show’s host, actor Anthony Anderson. The show aired on BET on April 26.
Watson said she was thankful to Anderson and UNCF for investing in her future and her education. ““The Anthony Anderson scholarship definitely provides the boost I need to carry on with pursuing and earning my degree. And while I am a recipient of Mr. Anderson’s scholarship, I accept the charge of returning the favor to a hardworking, independent student like myself.”
Watson is a criminal justice major who excels academically while participating in co-curricular activities including serving as president of her class, as well as serving as president of the Wiley chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. After she earns her undergraduate degree from Wiley in December 2015, Watson plans to work as a probation officer while attending law school.