The Alice M. Thomas Scholarship was started by Dr. Clifford DeBaptiste in honor of Mrs. Thomas for her many years of service in the Guidance Office at Henderson High School. This scholarship is awarded to a student each year who exemplifies Mrs. Thomas’ awareness for social justice, academic achievement and community involvement. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to students graduating from Henderson High School in West Chester, PA pursuing post-secondary education.
Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship Recipient:
Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Recipient:
Applications may be obtained through Henderson High School’s Guidance Office
Call 484-266-3407 ext. 3408
Born and raised in West Chester, PA, Alice Thomas is a firm believer in the power of what a community can accomplish when it comes together. Mrs. Thomas has been involvement in her community since childhood and continued this involvement into adulthood by working in the guidance office at Henderson High School in West Chester, PA.
While working at Henderson’s guidance office, Mrs. Thomas facilitated support groups between students, parents and teachers where they could come in and comfortably have discussions about the students’ education. In addition, Mrs. Thomas served as the bridge between the school and the broader West Chester community.
Perhaps the biggest impact Mrs. Thomas had while working at Henderson was her involvement forming the Black Student Union in 1978. The Black Student Union was formed because there was a need for minority leadership in the student government. Mrs. Thomas says, “I wanted to give my students an identity at the school and make them see that they could do anything anyone else could do”. In 1991, four African American students became the first minority students to represent the student body.
Mrs. Thomas hopes her scholarship, and others like it, give students the means to attain higher education. Mrs. Thomas wants past recipients of her scholarship to serve as role models for current Henderson students who want to pursue higher education. She is entirely dedicated the success of her students and community.
Mail a check made payable to:
Alice M. Thomas Scholarship c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382