The Isaiah Davenport House Museum will present the Davenport House Scholarship for Community Service to Savannah Arts Academy senior Raven Bryant on Sunday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the home’s annual Spring Garden Party. Bryant will be the first recipient of this new scholarship award.
Raven Bryant has been involved with the museum since 2008 when she participated along with 14 other Savannah Arts Academy students in the fall Junior Interpreter program.
Bryant is both an employee and a volunteer at the Davenport House, working as a docent on the weekends and for special programs like “Yellow Fever!” She attends Junior Interpreter meetings regularly, assists with activities such as Super Museum Sunday and helps with the Christmas living history program as well as the Savannah Garden Expo.
In addition to her service to the museum, Bryant also attended the Governors Honors Program in the summer of 2010, majoring in Social Studies. At Savannah Arts Academy, she is currently ranked number three in her class of 169 and has a 4.0 grade point average. AGirl Scout and a leader of the youth group at First Union Baptist Church, she has been accepted to a number of well-respected colleges including Vanderbilt University.
“Raven Bryant embodies the excellence and commitment that set the standard for future scholarship recipients,” said Davenport House Director Jamie Credle. “We congratulate her on her exceptional service to the Davenport House Museum and her dedication to Savannah.”
In evaluating eligible young people, museum staff reviewed volunteer service and commitment to the museum of students in the class of 2011. The Davenport House began the Junior Interpreter program in March 2003 to provide an educational and a service-oriented program for students in grades nine through twelve.
Savannah Arts Academy teacher Rod Mackay was instrumental in creating the program and has been an advocate for it ever since. Since 2003, more than 130 students have participated in the Davenport House’s Junior Interpreter program.