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Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon raises nearly additional $7,000 for scholarships

Pictured above; Dr. Monedia Elzey, first lady of SC State University and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Floral arrangements adorned the tables as hints of spring and a slight breeze ushered in a new chapter for SC State University. On Friday, Feb. 28, a host of community members, faculty, staff, alumni, students and supporters of the university attended the First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon hosted by Dr. Monedia Elzey.

The fundraising event was held to generate scholarship dollars for deserving students and assist in making college more affordable. An estimated 97 percent of SC State students depend on financial aid to assist in deferring the cost of college.

More than $5,000 was presented to Dr. Elzey to assist in providing scholarships to students. Check presentations were given by various campus and community organizations such as: Edisto Fork United Methodist Church, South Carolina State University Student Government Association and SC State Class of 1975. Monetary contributions were also donated by local pastors and their spouses, community leaders, Trustee Pearl Ascue and countless others.

In addition to the check presentations, a silent auction was held and raised $1,162. Among the items featured in the auction were: dinner with President Elzey and First Lady Elzey, a portrait painted by South Carolina native and world-renowned artist Jonathan Green and printing services by local commercial printers, Major Graphics, LLC and Williamson Printing.

The Orangeburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (SC State University) and the Gamma Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Claflin University) presented Dr. Elzey with contributions to the First Lady’s Clothing Boutique.

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to win election to the U.S. Senate, delivered the keynote address. She encouraged attendees to embrace the challenges of making the past relevant to future generations. During her speech, she frequently referenced the Civil Rights movement, urging guests to never undervalue the work of those that came before them. She also made it clear that it is the responsibility of each person to tell young people the stories of their ancestors’ heroic efforts of championing equality for all mankind.

Emphasizing the purpose of the luncheon, Moseley- Braun stated, “Personal connections and contributions are sometimes all that is required to shape the direction of another person, community or world. More often than none, it is an anonymous person that sets the tone of the conversation and the direction of events.”

The event featured musical selections by the Roland Haynes Trio and SC State alumna and gospel artist Kristen JoyAnn Jamison.

For more information on the First Lady’s Clothing Boutique and for information on how to donate, visit


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