LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart Scholarship Awarded to Rising-Star Youths in North Carolina

· Kyla and Skyla Brown, First Scholarship Recipients in North Carolina · Youth Achievers, Rising Stars · $1,000 Scholarship


Kyla and Skyla Brown, Founders of Ky & Sky Decorative Homemade Scented Candles, received the LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart Scholarship during the 2016 Career Mastered Leadership in Action Awards on March 1 at the Charlotte City Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The two sisters also received the 2016 Career Mastered Rising-Star Award.  Twelve year-old Kyla attends James Martin Middle School in Charlotte and nine year-old Kyla attends Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School in Charlotte.  The sisters started the business in 2015 because of a love and passion for candles.   

"It is about leaving a legacy of hope and help to create winning futures."

Lisa Wicker, Ph.D., Founder of Excel Village Center for Learning

Kyla and Skyla says they have been highly encouraged for years to start their own business.  Kyla says the business has taught her to know that if you can wish it and dream it, you can do it.  Her younger sister, Skyla says the business has taught her to be confident, responsible and outgoing.  The sisters had the opportunity to network with some of the most powerful business women in Charlotte during the Inaugural Women’s History Month Career Mastered Awards including Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Linda P. Hudson, Joan Higginbotham, Regina Wharton and many other iconic women. 

The Board and Trustees of Excel Village Center for Learning is pleased to award $1,000 to Kyla and Skyla Brown says Dr. Lisa Lindsay Wicker, Board Chair and Founder of Excel Village.  “Kyla and Skyla represent the essence of the late LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart’s life of positive choices, unfailing hope, useful gifts, educational honors and integrity. Our Board of Trustees is pleased to award this scholarship in conjunction with our corporate sponsor, Fifth Third Bank."

“The essence of a community is people with heart. We are thrilled to help support the vision of Excel Village and the Career Mastered Rising Stars,”  explained Jada Grandy, Senior Vice President, Regional CRA Strategies Director, Fifth Third Bank.

About LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart Scholarship:

LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart Scholarship is awarded to promising rising star students during the Annual Career Mastered Awards, the leading Women’s History Month Award Program in Michigan and North Carolina honoring today’s women leaders who are Game Changers who take charge of their careers and their futures. The Scholarship is awarded to the most promising students who show great academic or entrepreneurial potential. The late LaVerne Gardner Lindsay Stewart was an Author and Poet who graduated with honors and penned her class song.

About Excel Village Center for Learning:

Excel Village Center for Learning is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create winning futures and careers in community areas most needed at the elementary, junior-high and high school level. The organization offers an evidenced-based life-skills curriculum to aid in the implementation of winning futures and careers. Programs include Life-Skills Curriculum, Career Mastered Rising Star Award, Mentoring, and Excel Honors Awards.  All donations are tax deductible.



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