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2022 Judge Willie J. Lovett, Jr. Award - Home to Alfred Ely Beach High School


This year is the 40th year of Judge Willie J. Lovett, Jr. graduating from Alfred Ely Beach High School (one of the oldest public high schools in Savannah, Georgia).

In recognition of his 40th year graduating as Valedictorian, the Judge Willie J. Lovett, Jr. Scholarship Program is bringing the Lovett Scholarship home to Willie's beloved Beach High School for the 2022 award.

The 2022 designation is for a Beach High School graduating Senior attending a four-year accredited higher education institution.

The award is $3000 per year for up to 4 years if certain criteria are met annually (20 hours of community service, continued enrollment in a four-year accredited higher education institution, and certain GPA).

The same rigorous application and selection process will apply.

In working with the Beach High School administration and Willie's family and classmates, we anticipate releasing the 2022 Lovett Scholarship application in mid- December 2021.

About the Lovett Scholarship Program: Please read about the Lovett Scholarship Program at

About Alfred Ely Beach High School: In 1867, the Beach Institute was established by the Freedmen's Bureau with funds donated by Alfred Ely Beach, editor of Scientific American. The school was privately funded as a manual training school for newly freed African-Americans. By 1874, the institute was appropriated by the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education for the purpose of providing free education to Savannah's African-Americans.

The Beach name survives in the name of Alfred Ely Beach High School.

Read more on Beach High School's ties to emancipation of slaves at

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