When Middle Georgia’s newsmakers and influencers gather at Fort Valley State University’s 23rd Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon, they’ll conduct some important business, all while networking and listening to speeches. By their presence, event participants will empower the next generation of inventors, scholars and leaders. The BHMSL takes place at 12 p.m. Monday, February 15 in the Health and Physical Education Complex. Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the benefit has become FVSU’s single largest source of scholarship funding for presidential scholars.
The banquet’s theme is “Dollars for Scholars: Securing the Promise for the Future”. Organizers have set new levels of giving for corporate donors, alumni and friends of the university at the high-profile event hosted by U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop and State Representative Calvin Smyre.
“We’ve set a minimum goal of $500,000,” said Leitra Young Maxwell, interim director for the FVSU Foundation, Inc. “Our hope is that one day we won’t have to turn students away due to a lack of financial aid.”
The guest speaker at the luncheon is Lorraine Miller, 35th clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
The Texas native served in a number of positions in both the legislative and executive branches and is the first African American to hold the post in congress.
The BHMSL has generated more than $1 million in scholarships for students. There are several levels of giving. Donors may contribute at the Bronze ($250-499), Silver ($500 -$999), Gold ($1,000-$4999), Platinum ($5,000-$7,499), Diamond ($7,500-$9,999) or Corporate ($10,000 or above) level; or by purchasing tickets to the event. Individual tickets are $50.
This year, although FVSU experienced another record breaking enrollment of 3,600, 400 eligible students were unable to attend because they could not meet financial obligations. It is our belief that every qualified student should have an opportunity to pursue a college education.
On behalf of the Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon Committee, and the FVSU family, I invite you to become a sponsor of hope at the 23rd Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon.
if you are unable to attend the banquet, please mail a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible. Additionally, all donors will be recognized at the luncheon and listed in our program.
Please send donations to the Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc., 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 or make your contribution online at http://www.fvsu.edu/bhmsl20010/give
For more information contact the FVSU Foundation Office at (478) 825-6474.http://www.fvsu.edu/files/mainfiles/BHMSL%20Invite%20Booklet%202010.pdf