MVSU Student to be Honored by BET Networks

Vester Waters_Mr MVSU 2015_16June 19, 2015


Social Work major Vester Waters will be honored during the BET Experience, taking place June 25 through June 28, due to his ongoing community service commitments at Mississippi Valley State and beyond.

Both Waters and a student from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina will receive the Community Impact Award. Both students were recipients of the Denny’s – Tom Joyner Foundation Hungry for Education Scholarship, a scholarship they received for their work to end hunger in their local communities.

Waters received the scholarship after writing about how he had volunteered to deliver food to needy families in the Delta, in addition to wiring the proceeds from performing his gospel hip-hop single “Get Right (He’s Coming Back)” to a Detroit-based organization that used the funds to give Thanksgiving dinner to impoverished families in Detroit.

Denny’s is sponsoring the Community Impact Awards during the BET Experience. Only two student honorees from the 12 who won the scholarship were selected to receive this honor from BET.

On June 26, he will fly to Los Angeles to take part in the BET Experience. Once there, several celebrities are expected to receive the award in addition to Waters and the other student.

Waters has continued to be involved with community service. Currently, he is working as a volunteer music teacher for the MVSU chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, which was reinstituted at the university this summer. In the fall semester, he will begin representing the university as Mr. Mississippi Valley State University.

Ultimately, he hopes to embody the MVSU motto “Live for Service,” by empowering young people in his hometown of Detroit. He sees both the work he has done as a musician and the commitment to community service that lead to him receiving this honor from BET as stepping stones leading him to have a greater impact on larger groups of people.

About BET Networks:

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa.


About MVSU Alumni

Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master's University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research--a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

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