Donoven T. Milton, left, and Desmond Roberson at the NFC campus.
Paying it Forward
TAMMY MONLYN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
eceiving the Tammy Monlyn Memorial
Scholarship has been a blessing for 22-year-
old Donoven T. Milton, a freshman at North
Florida College. His path to NFC has been filled with
roadblocks. He failed his first two semesters in college,
was involved in a horrible car accident and most
recently was displaced from his home in Panama City
due to Hurricane Michael.
Before the hurricane, Donoven was doing well at
Gulf Coast State College, bringing his GPA up to a 3.0
following a failing semester at another college. After
being displaced by the hurricane, Donoven and his
family moved to Madison.
Donoven, who is working toward an Associate in
Arts degree at NFC, was a perfect fit for the Tammy
Monlyn Memorial Scholarship.
“I am honored to be one of the recipients of this
prestigious scholarship,” said Donoven. “Coming from
Panama City and rebuilding my life, it helped me to
be able to pay for school.” Donoven also praised the
NFC Foundation and scholarship sponsor Desmond
Roberson for “Checking in on me and making sure that
my grades are good and making sure I am staying on
the right track. I really do appreciate them for that.”
Desmond Roberson, scholarship sponsor and son of
the late Tammy Monlyn, says he is proud to be paying
forward his mother’s good will and commitment
to helping others. “She was a fighter and I wanted
to make sure that I paid tribute to her legacy,” said
A native and lifelong resident of Madison,
Tammy Monlyn was a devout member of Bethlehem
Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a choir
member, financial secretary, youth director and praise
team director. She was well-known for helping others
and overcoming major struggles in her life. Roberson
published a book in 2011 about his mother’s life and
inspiration entitled From Tribulations to Triumph.
“For what she has done not only for me and my
family, but for this entire community, I wanted to
continue that legacy by continuing to help in her
name,” said Roberson.
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