Endowed Scholarship Fund Started by Local 100 Black Men Chapter


The 100 Black Men of the Cape Fear Region has pledged $25,000
for the establishment of an endowed scholarship at Fayetteville State
University (FSU). The scholarship will be awarded to students based on
financial need.

 “One of the founding
principles of our organization is to empower and educate young
African-Americans, and what better way to do that than investing in their
future,” said John W. Smith, Jr. president of the 100 Black Men of the Cape
Fear Region.  “We believe that what they
see is what they will be so, mentoring is what we do.  Our chapter, established in 1998, is devoted
to improving the quality of life for African American youth and communities
through programs focusing on Educational Enrichment, Economic Empowerment,
Leadership Development, Health and Wellness and Mentoring.  It is our hope that one day the recipients of
these scholarship dollars will follow the lead of our great organization by
paying it forward and giving back and supporting the communities in which they
live and work.”

Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine said that it’s important
for groups like the 100 Black Men of the Cape Fear Region to support education,
and she is grateful to them for selecting FSU to establish their endowment.

“The 100 Black Men have a national and international reputation
for supporting their communities,” Valentine said. “Their work is so
far-reaching that they have established chapters for young men on college
campuses, to include ours. That speaks volumes of the quality and importance of
their work. I am so pleased and honored that they have made this financial
commitment to Fayetteville State University and in its students.”

Endowment gifts such as this go a long way towards ensuring
the viability and continued success of institutions of higher education,
particularly HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), said Dr.
Harriet Davis, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at FSU.

“This gift is truly an investment in FSU and its future,”
Davis said. “I can’t thank the 100 Black Men of the Cape Fear Region enough for
recognizing the importance of a quality education and the life-changing affects
it can have on our students.”

About 100 Black Men

The initial idea for 100 Black Men
of America was conceived in New York in 1963 by a group of African American
professionals who wanted to improve the quality of life and economic
opportunities for the black community by fostering better education and youth
development. Elements of the organization’s creed that date from this era
(“e.g. no member shall be without transportation, no member shall be without
legal representation, etc.”) provide some insight into the challenges faced by
many African American organizations during the height of the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960s. Some of the early members
were David
 and Jackie

By 1976 a separate chapter was
formed in New Jersey and before 1987 other chapters formed in mostly major U.S.
cities. Between 1983 and 1986 these chapters held several national conferences
with the aim of forming a more official national organization. On May 27, 1987,
100 Black Men of America, Inc. held its first national conference in Atlanta,
, with businessman Nathaniel
Goldstien as its first president and chairman of the board.

In 1994, the organization established the Collegiate 100
as an auxiliary to its chapters throughout the nation. The Collegiate 100 is
composed of only young men actively enrolled in college. The Collegiate 100
members provide support for the chapters as well as receive mentoring from
chapter members.

In 2010, the organization established an auxiliary for
young professional men known as the Emerging 100. The Emerging 100 focuses on
recruitment and engagement of men between the ages of 22 and 35. Atlanta was
the first city to establish an Emerging 100 auxiliary.

Fayetteville State University

State University is a constituent institution of The University of North
Carolina System and the second-oldest institution of higher education in the
state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university
offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more
than 6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse
institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University,
visit www.uncfsu.edu.

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