Scholarship commemorating Crescent City icons awarded

Evans, Williams, Pickens

Caleb Williams began his first semester of college as the first recipient of the Cecil and Fred Clemons scholarship. Created last year by St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens, the scholarship honors the bond between two Crescent City families whose friendship has flourished over three generations.

Williams, a native of Crescent City, plans to major in education. “I think it would be pretty cool to come back and teach,” he said. “I feel like I can encourage change in a lot of people.”

Pickens, also a Crescent City native, said he is fortunate to be in a position to create the scholarship that will benefit Crescent City residents while honoring two of the community’s icons.

“The scholarship represents three generations of Crescent Citians, who together, were part of building a community, growing a community and living through interesting and changing times,” Pickens said. “For the two families, it’s a very sentimental tribute.”

For more information regarding the scholarship and the Clemons family, read the 2015 press release at


Caleb Williams (center) is the first recipient of the Cecil and Fred Clemons scholarship. Serving as Williams’ mentor is fellow Crescent City native and SJR State Vice President for Student Affairs, Gilbert Evans, Jr. (left). The scholarship was created by SJR State President Joe Pickens to honor the two former Crescent City icons.



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