Eureka NAACP press release: 


In January 2019 the Eureka NAACP began collecting money in honor of Josiah Lawson. David Josiah Lawson attended Humboldt State University. On April 15, 2017 at the age of 19 he was fatally stabbed during an altercation at an off-campus party.

The Eureka NAACP in partnership with Charmaine Lawson and her family created this scholarship fund to honor his life and support students that contribute through community service.

“Both of my children, DJ and Anthony, received several scholarships throughout their high school years. They felt very honored and blessed to receive financial assistance from different organizations,” Lawson said. “I am truly honored to give back, in honor of my beloved Josiah Lawson, to young people who are making a difference in their communities and their lives.”

Eureka NAACP Josiah Lawson Memorial Scholarship 2019 recipients are:

  • Ayana Rae Watson, Eureka High School
  • Lavender Alice Sharon Weburg, Arcata High School
  • Zora Jeanette Culps, McKinleyville High School

Information on applying for the 2020 Scholarships will be on our website at by July 1, 2019.