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Published on July 9th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Columbia, South Carolina — The mission, vision, and values of the 100 Black Men of America are to continuously seek ways to assist youth to obtain their life-long educational goals and aspirations.  In 2019, the Greater Columbia Chapter of 100 Black Men of America identify and support deserving students by awarding $13,500.00 recurring scholarships.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia has several initiatives that deliver educational support services and unique learning opportunities.  Saturday Academy, SCDJJ New Beginnings, Lunch Buddies, and mentoring are some of the programs that inspire confidence, create cultural awareness, and foster academic growth.

Since 1999, the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia has been comprised of members that include civic, corporate, community, as well as independent business owners and entrepreneurs. The chapter has twice received recognition as the National Small Chapter of the Year and once Medium Chapter of the Year.  All of the membership shares the same goal to enhance the educational and economic opportunities for young African-Americans.

With the financial support from grant awards from State Farm, Wells Fargo, AARP, Coca Cola, and Richland County, scholarships, donations, and organization fund development, the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia has awarded more than $125,000.00 in scholarships to graduating high school students.

The annual scholarship is awarded to deserving matriculating students who will be full-time at an accredited, post-secondary institution.  The scholarship assist youth in completing educational goals by providing resources to offset expenses associated with tuition, books, and housing.  Each year six graduating high school seniors receive the award that is disbursed over a four year period provided the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.

On Saturday, June 29, 2019, the 20th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet was sponsored by the University of South Carolina and held on campus at the University of South Carolina Russell House Ballroom.  After live entertainment provided by Curtis M. Bates, an excellent dinner, and inspirational remarks by keynote speaker Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Superintendent of Richland School District One, the scholarships were presented to: Precious Breeland (Eau Claire), Rashard Brown (Dreher), Jared Clyburn (Airport), Angel Gohel (Eau Claire), Nhandi Long-Shipman (Fairfield Central), and Taylor Williams (Spring Valley).

In addition, Robert “Antwon” Minder, of Irmo High School, earned a scholarship sponsored jointly by Midland Technical College, MB Kahn Construction Company Inc., and the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia of $1,000.00.  This is the first scholarship of its type awarded to an individual majoring in the construction field.  The scholarship has an internship component with MB Kahn Construction Company Inc.

On June 12-16, 2019, the 100 Black Men of America national convention was held  at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia sponsored four young people, all expenses paid, to attend and participate in competitions at the national event.  The cost was $7,000.00 and each of the participants received awards for their competitive efforts.

The first Saturday of each December, the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia host the
Evening of Elegance black tie gala.  Not only is this an opportunity to end the year with the community and friends of 100 Black Men of Columbia, but the gala is a fundraiser for the scholarship awards.  Join the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia on December 6, 2019 and experience the pride and passion each member has developed for the young people in the Columbia metropolitan area. 

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia

Vincent A. Gatling Jr., President

P.O. Box 11507

Columbia, S.C. 29211-1507


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