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Mildred Bynum Book Award

The Mildred Bynum Book Award was established to honor the life, love and legacy of Mildred Bynum. The phenomenal woman possessed a strong faith in God and exuded confidence beyond measure. She touched so many lives with her encouraging words and loving spirit. Affectionately known as Mother Bynum, she always opened her heart and home to those she encountered. She modeled and taught to always trust in God, to give 100% in all we do, and pushed those she loved to excel in all areas of our lives. Because of this foundation and her constant push for educational advancement, many have been able to achieve their career goals and aspirations. Despite having only, a middle school education, she consistently pushed for the need of higher education and skills training.


The Mildred Bynum Book Award that is given out annually to local high school students to help supplement the cost of books and supplies for their freshman year. We also keep in touch with recipients throughout their college tenure by connecting via email, social media and sending care packages. Since 2015, we have been able to provide financial support to 20 deserving students.


The Scholarship Award Brunch is an exciting annual event held to give recognition to students who are selected as scholarship recipients for their exemplary achievements. Scholarship awards are made based on a combination of factors, including financial need, demonstrated academic excellence, student life involvement.



Through the Mildred Bynum Book Award,  Hats and Heel Inc. provides supplemental funding to college-bound students in the Washington, DC area. Over the past few years the recipients have attended:

  • Trinity University

  • Virginia State University

  • Stevenson University

  • University of North Carolina- Charlotte

  • North Carolina A&T University

  • Cheyney University

  • United States Air Force

  • North Carolina Central University

Are you a student and want to apply for the scholarship?

past recipients
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