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AGF Celebrates Youth and Encourages College Dreams

posted Feb 17, 2015, 10:31 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 11, 2015, 5:53 AM ]
"Building a Beloved Community
means encouraging youth to reach their potential."

Greenville, South Carolina-  Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Furman University and General Electric of Greenville honored some of the 230 student winners at the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program and Dr. Rudolph G. Gordon College Fair. More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Trone Center's on Furman University Campus on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

"This award is special because it is your own teachers, coaches, counselors, and administrators who selected you as winners of the award.", said Bobby Clark, Program Chair, to this year's student winners. "Now it is up to you choose to make education and a college degree the next step of your journey". All of the public high schools in Greenville County participated in this year program, and students were selected by each school in five categories: Academics, Art, Athletics, Leadership and Music.

In addition to the youth award winners, ten colleges recruiters were in the attendance at the Gordon College Fair and seminars in Financial Aid and "the First Year of College" were held for the event attendees. The Financial Aid Seminar was presented Ms. Bonnie Carson, Director of Financial Aid at USC Upstate. for the second seminar, students from Clemson, Furman, and USC Upstate spoke to the student winners about their experiences with college in their first year. This year's session was moderated by Mr. Jeremy Richardson.

This program is a part of the Foundation celebrate and serves the local "Go to High School, Go to College" effort sponsored Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha started the national effort to encourage students to stay in school and pursue college in 1916. GGL has been conducting the program since 1979.

 2015 MLK Youth Program Winners
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In all, 64 student winners attended the program and the other students will receive their awards at the High School's Year end award program. "We want to encourage students but also to show the Upstate community we have youth who are doing positive in school and for their community" said Keith Barksdale, Foundation Chair.

The unclaimed certificates will be sent to back to each school for presentation at their school's award program. Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is proud to be continuing this program and recognized these students for their performance. Thank you to all the students, parents, and families who attended the program and we look forward to seeing your choices as you continue to your careers.