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NTEDi Book Scholarship Awards Celebration - May 15, 2015

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on May 13, 2015 at 9:30 PM


NTEDi Book Scholarship Awards Celebration on May 15, 2015

"Attitude + Knowledge = Excellence.”

TULSA, Okla. -- The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) nonprofit organization invites you to support and participate in our 3rd Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration on May 15, 2015 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This celebration is focused on the continued education of senior high school students who have promising college futures, but may lack the additional resources necessary to obtain books or supplies required to support their college educational goals. The theme of the celebration is “Attitude + Knowledge = Excellence.” The Book Scholarship Awards Celebration will be held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street (Upper Level), Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The NTEDi Book Scholarship Awards celebration supports the continued education of deserving Tulsa students. A dynamic keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Wiley, will be on hand and will provide an inspirational message. Dr. Wiley, a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, is an anointed teacher of God's Word. Dr. Wiley is well known as an international youth evangelist and motivational speaker. He has been instrumental in developing and establishing many recognized church youth group ministries around the country. During his evangelism travels, he is credited with pioneering Gospel Rap and is known as the "Godfather of Gospel Rap." Dr. Wiley is presently Founder and Pastor of Praise Center Family Church in Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, "One Church in Two Locations." Dr. Wiley is known for keeping the Word practical and simple to understand. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Friends International Institute in Anaheim, California, with a Master's degree in Biblical Counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry. Dr. Wiley is currently Assistant Vice President of the Center for Christian Ministry and a professor of religion at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He is recognized as the first artist to have recorded a full-length Christian rap album. Wiley was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma, attending college at the University of Oklahoma. He began a career as a jazz drummer in 1979 and wrote a song called "Basketball." This tune would later go on to be recorded by mainstream rapper Kurtis Blow. By 1982, Wiley was performing rap music with Christian lyrics at a time when Run DMC's breakthrough to the mainstream was still a year away. In 1984, Wiley took a job as chaplain at a juvenile detention center. Wiley released his first Christian rap album, Bible Break, in 1985 and saw its title track reach the No. 14 spot in 1986 on Christian radio. Dr. Wiley is married to Pamela Wiley and together they have ministered for over 28 years. They have two children, Stefani Renee and Andre' Jackson.

Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, President of NTEDi, shared that “We are striving to do more to support students through multiple avenues. By providing additional supplemental funds toward the cost of books and supplies, we are able to help relieve some of the burden of college expenses for some students. For many students, a book scholarship is an excellent way to aid them while earning a college education.”

According to, in 2014-2015 the Oklahoma average annual cost of books and supplies at four-year public colleges is $1,151. With your support, we will be able to award scholarships of $500.00 each to go toward the purchase of books and school supplies for the 2014-15 school year. NTEDi's goal is to award a minimum of six (6) Book Scholarships and we feel confident we can achieve our goal with your help. Please plan to join us for a fabulous celebration. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting us at 918-607-3343. Proceeds from this event will support several deserving students residing in the NTEDi boundary area.

For more information visit We look forward to your support in making our 3rd Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration a smashing success.

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Contact: Dr. Lana Turner-Addison

NTEDi President

Phone: 918-607-3343


P.O. Box 6201

Tulsa, OK 74148


Categories: Education

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