Reverend Arthur Foy III Scholarships Keep Hope Alive

By KBJR News 1

June 1, 2014 Updated Jun 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Soulful sounds spread across Duluth's East Fifth Street as a tribute to Reverend Arthur Foy.

Ten years ago, the pastor of St. Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Church was killed in a car accident.

A decade later, his pastoral friends still remember the man's contributions to the community.

"Reaching out, starting employment services but he believed in the value of education." said Pastor Kathy Nelson of Peace Church.

To support that belief in education, St. Mark's has given annual scholarships. One of this year's is going to soon to be East High grad Cierra Morris.

"It was really exciting and I'm super happy and school is expensive so it's going to help a lot." said Morris.

Morris will study to be a nurse beginning this fall.

St. Mark's current pastor believes that calling will be a tribute to Reverend Foy's desire to help others.

"Words are nice but actions are even better so we want to be about action." said Pastor Michael Gonzales of St. Mark's.

"There's something about your name." sang soloist Henry Banks.

A decade ago, St. Mark's had only enough money for one scholarship.
This year, fundraising made two possible.

Denfeld's Peggy Campbell got the second one and hopes to be a nurse like her friendly rival from East, Cierra.

She urges other people her age to think about careers that help.

"I would definitely do that. There's no greater feeling than knowing that you're helping others." said Campbell.

"He's my friend." sang the choir again.

Music for the scholarship concert was provided by the choirs of St. Mark's, the Church of Restoration,Duluth Congregational Church and Peace United Church of Christ.

Henry Banks of KUWS Radio sang a solo.

Dave Anderson