Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship Presented to Asia Eichelberger

R to L: Montana Eichelberger, last year’s winner, presents the scholarship to her sister Asia
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Asia Antranelia Eichelberger was presented the Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship, Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Calvary Apostolic Church, Louisville, MS. with Elder James Young as the pastor. The theme for the 2016 Scholarship presentation was “Born to Lead”. Chyna’s mother, Kenisha Hughes and last year’s winner, Montana Eichelberger presented the scholarship. Montana is the sister of Asia Eichelberger. Asia Eichelberger graduated from LHS as an honor student May 2017 as #11 in her class. She will attend University of Mississippi-Oxford in September 2017 to pursue a degree in Business Management. Asia is the daughter of Paul and Rita Eichelberger; granddaughter of Johnny K. Jackson and Betsy Ann Eichelberger.


Kenisha delivered an inspirational message encouraging students to be like themselves, be better than parents and to keep their minds focused. She expressed the grief of losing her daughter by stating that, “When I lost my baby (Chyna) that was a feeling like no other.”

L to R: Elder James Young, Chyna’s Mother Kenisha Hughes, Asia Eichelberger
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)


Chyna Willis passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly in 2012 at the young age of 13 years. According to her mother, “Everyone who knew Chyna was saddened by her untimely death. Chyna was committed to being the best that she could be and loved life to the fullest. Chyna was active in church as well as school. She participated in youth activities and ran track. She loved the Lord and was an avid lover of sports as well. She was a friend to those who got to know her for themselves and she cherished their friendship. I would like to continue to honor Chyna's efforts of being the best she could be in whatever it was she set out to do by blessing another child. I started this scholarship two years ago and it was successful, so I would like to continue it to be a blessing in the years to come. Same as last year, the scholarship will be given away in the generous amount of $500. As the years pass, I plan on moving this amount up but with your help! I ask you to help me to keep making this a memorable event to look forward to every year and see the smile on another child's face. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks in advance for your generosity in helping make this possible. May God bless each giver double fold!” Inspirational musical selections were performed by Kygeria Dawkins, Delane Hudson and Performing artist Rodrick Donald. Leslie Loving, Lillian Curtis and Anastashia Gill are on the Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship Committee

(The Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship is a registered www.gofundme.com account. You may make a donation at anytime).