Mental Health America-Abbeville County awarded the 2012-13 Ruth Kelly Scholarship to Erskine College senior Tillary Blackman Feb. 7 at the 50th anniversary Mental Health America Banquet, held in the Founders Room of Moffatt Dining Hall. Professor of Psychology Dr. Stephen Sniteman presented the award to Blackman.
The scholarship is given annually to an outstanding Erskine student majoring in a field leading to a career in mental health service.
Blackman, whose hometown is Charlotte, N.C., is completing a double major in English and psychology as well as a double minor in biology and theater.
An active campus leader, Blackman is a member of more than 10 campus organizations, serving as an officer in several groups.
Co-president of the Fleetones, vice president of the Choraleers, and a member of the Chamber Singers, Blackman is also vice president of the theater honor society Alpha Psi Omega, is a member of the Erskine Players who has appeared in 11 plays, and is founder of the Ballroom Dance Club. He is a member of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and serves as vice president of the Erskine Society for Psychology. He serves on Erskine’s Judicial Council and is a Student Government Association representative.
Blackman serves as an editor and peer reviewer at the Write Here Center, and works in the Animal Room as turtle caretaker in the Daniel•Moultrie Science Center. He is also a staff member at the Mirror, Erskine’s student newspaper. Some of his off-campus activities have included service as a counselor with the Wilderness Program at John De La Howe School and work as an assistant fine arts director at Central Church of God in Charlotte.