In 2017, our club lost a very dear friend and faithful member, Chanell E. Gatewood, after a long, hard battle with Scleroderma, Chanell is finally at rest. We honor Chanell with the Chanell E. Gatewood Scholarship. This annual scholarship will go towards providing much needed educational resources for youth facing hardship from health, economic, and environmental challenges.
Chanell Elestine Gatewood was smart, articulate and always eager to learn more. This drive and thirst for knowledge led her to become the high achiever that she was. Chanell attended the Baldwin School of New York, where upon graduation, she earned the Alumni Award. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Coppin State University in Baltimore Maryland. Returning to New York, she was employed by the New York State Department of Probation Rikers Island Division. She served in the Department of Corrections for over two decades.
Chanell was a pillar of her community and many active organizations. To name a few: Rotary Club of Harlem, National Council of Negro Women, Danny D. Farrell Jr. Democratic Club New York City, New York City Board of Elections (Poll Worker), Probation Officers Guardians, New York City Representative of New York State Probation Officers Association.
In 2006, Chanell was diagnosed with Scleroderma, an auto-immune disease. Chanell took on the challenge of the illness like the champion she was, becoming the organization’s co-support group leader.
Chanell has been an inspiration to many and will continue to inspire a new generation of leaders with these scholarships. The Chanell E. Gatewood Scholarship committee is proud to be entering into the THIRD year of applications.
The Chanell E. Gatewood Scholarship will be awarded annually as follows:
Award announcements are released in April. If you have questions or need assistance, please email [email protected]Donations to the scholarship fund are always appreciated.