Hampton Education Foundation awards Michael Canty Scholarship to Hampton High School senior
The Hampton Education Foundation awarded A’zure Latimer of Hampton High School a $1,000 scholarship in honor of Michael Canty. The Hampton Education Foundation (HEF) awards the scholarship annually.
As a student at HHS, Latimer created a Bully Prevention and Self-Empowerment Program. The program focuses on ninth grade students, empowering those who have been bullied and lends voice to advocates for bully prevention.
“The Bully Prevention and Self-Empowerment Program has made me more confident in my leadership abilities,” said Latimer. “With increased courage, I am inspired to continue my mission of influencing change within communities.”
“A’zure has been more than the ideal student,” said Adam Neely, coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program in Hampton City Schools. “In order to achieve the highest grades and my deepest respect, she has demonstrated outstanding leadership and maintained a clear sense of purpose.”
Latimer will attend Georgia State University, where she will major in psychology. She hopes to eventually obtain her doctorate degree in the field and establish a nonprofit for bully prevention and self-empowerment for adolescents.
The Michael Canty Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Dr. Michael Canty, known to most as just “Mike.” Many words have been used to describe Mike – loving, devoted family man, good friend, educator, public servant, and all around nice guy.
Canty had an extensive background in education and was passionate about children and youth, and in particular, the underserved, “at risk” youth in the City of Hampton. He touched many lives during his time in Hampton, working at the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind, and Multi-Disabled, as principal of Hampton High School, as the director of InSync Partnerships, and finally as the City of Hampton’s Neighborhood Offices Service Manager.
He had a special place in his heart for those who have to struggle a bit more than most, but who nevertheless, find success. His heart was with those who seize opportunities when they present themselves, and despite obstacles, keep focused on their goals.
Canty passed away in October 2010 after a valiant and hard-fought battle with leukemia.
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