Gloucester resident gets VIP treatment, $25,000 scholarship from rapper Wale

by Elsa Cooke Verbyla - Posted on Jul 02, 2013 - 02:48 PM

Photo: Lauren Pryor of Gloucester stands in the spotlights of rap artist Wale’s album debut party and concert after receiving the singer’s $25,000 scholarship.

Lauren Pryor of Gloucester stands in the spotlights of rap artist Wale’s album debut party and concert after receiving the singer’s $25,000 scholarship.

Gloucester resident Lauren Pryor, in the space of one brief week, went from winning a chance in a thousand to a moment in a million—and best of all, she won a $25,000 scholarship.

From rapper Wale. At the debut party and concert for his new album, "The Gifted." In a glitz-filled period of two days as a VIP in New York City. After interviews and a presentation on stage for the BET cable channel show, 106 & Park.

For a show broadcast the next night, after she was home with her family in time to watch herself accept the prize.

The moments of a lifetime kept coming for Pryor, a sophomore at Hampton University, after she took the challenge on June 18 from Norfolk hip-hop station 103 JAMZ to be the 25th caller.

"I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton," negotiating Hampton Roads traffic when she heard the radio challenge, that the 25th caller would win the prize, related Pryor. The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. She was in her friend’s driveway at 3:55 and started. "I called four or five times. The line was always busy." She kept trying. "On about the 14th call I told myself to give it a rest. I was taking the phone from my face and had my thumb on the ‘end’ button when I heard a man say ‘hello.’

"I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide."