NACWC’s Eloquent Ladies Civic and Social Club of Pine Bluff is accepting applications for a $500 book award. Applicants must plan to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The applicant must be a 2018 graduate of an accredited high school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

The completed application package must be word processed and accompanied by two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, and a photograph. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 10, according to a news release.

NACWC (The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Inc.) was founded in 1896 by American women of color in Washington, D.C. Mary Church Terrell was elected the first president.

In February 1898 at Little Rock, the first Arkansas club was organized, followed by others across the state in subsequent years. The state’s organization, the Arkansas Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, was organized in 1905 in Little Rock.

The Eloquent Ladies Civic and Social Club was organized in 1976 in Pine Bluff as the Eloquent Ladies Young Adult.

Marva Thomas and the Doretha Geiggar met at Clytie Watkins’ home, a member of the Social and Arts Club, along with Hortense Jones, a member of the City Civic Club, to discuss the formation of a club. The club was formed and Watkins and Jones were advisors.

In 1986, in Hot Springs, the Eloquent Ladies Young Adult Club was officially sworn into the parent body as the Eloquent Ladies Civic and Social Club.

“The club’s purposes are to work for the welfare of the community, unify and strengthen the role of women, help motivate the community civically and socially, to perpetuate economical, educational, and religious welfare in the community, promote an appreciation for the tradition of the founders and pioneers of the Arkansas Association to teach the marvelous heritage of the Black race, to preserve the organization, and to inspire the love for home and all mankind,” according to the release.

“Over the years, the club has experienced success in many ways. Our charitable contributions include giving Thanksgiving and Christmas Cheer baskets to disadvantaged families, providing cash donations to the United Negro College fund, volunteering time and making cash contributions to the Jerry Lewis Telethon, awarding an Annual Book Award Scholarship to a high school senior, supporting the Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministries, Tablescape, Christmas Kettles, and Angel Tree, adopting underprivileged families with the Department of Human Services, assisting the Red Cross with cash donations, sponsoring a diabetes workshop, sponsoring a mental health awareness workshop, providing services to the tutorial program at the Family Development Center, cooperating with CASA Women’s Shelter with various toiletries, and supporting NACWC, Inc., in fund-raising projects,” according to the release.

Applications may be obtained by writing the Eloquent Ladies Civic and Social Club, 47 Lexington Circle, White Hall, AR 71602. Completed applications should be returned to the same address by March 10.

Details: Contact Marva Thomas at 870-540-9987 or Shirley Shelley, president of the Eloquent Ladies, 870-718-0653.