August 29, 2008
100 Black Men Pledge Scholarships for VECA Grads
VALDOSTA - Members of 100 Black Men of Valdosta announced today
the organization's pledge to provide scholarships to the top 50
percent of students from the inaugural graduation class of the
Valdosta Early College Academy. The presentation was made at 10
a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the lobby of VSU's Education Center.
Roy Copeland, spokesman for the group, also announced a pledge to provide three scholarships per year beginning with the graduation class of 2015. The awards will be provided annually from the 100 Black Men of Valdosta Scholarship Endowment Fun to deserving individuals based on academic performance and financial needs. While the scholarship amounts have not been set, Copeland said he expects them to initially be around $1,000.
The Valdosta Early College Academy is a school within the Valdosta City School System in partnership with Valdosta State University. Students are nominated for admission based on standardized test results, attendance and teacher/principle recommendations. By the end of 12th grade, they can earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 semesters hours of college credit. Students will also complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service each year.
"We didn't want these students to be in a situation where they reach the place VECA intends, but then have too worry about finances," Copeland said. "This is a commitment with a plan to ensure they have what it takes to reach their ultimate goals."
A local chapter of the international service organization, 100 Black Men of America exists to serve under-privileged youth in the Valdosta area, instilling lasting values and promoting education. E-mail Copeland at email@example.com for more information about the organization or its scholarship pledge.