About 200 people attended the event where 53 of the 204 received the awards. "This is considered to be the kickoff event for these awards and we, at the Foundation, are very proud to be able to encourage students to pursue their educational career by completion high school and attending College.", said Bobby Clark. Program Event Chair. This local event started in 1979 as a part of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity National effort called "Go to High School, Go to College" which was started in 1916. Since that time, 200 to 300 students are annually named as MLK Youth Award Winners by various selection processes at each High School at Greenville County. "We are very blessed to have a great relationship with the County School District, especially the High School Counselors who make this program possible to encourage students" said Clark.
Various different college and universities attended the event and participated in the "First of College Seminar" moderated by Alex Holloman. "We want students to ask questions about college success to the recruiters and students on our panel", said Holloman. Students from Furman, Clemson, and USC-Upstate participated in the first round of discussion and later recruiters from the sixteen colleges, were asked to give advice to the student winners present. In addition to the "College Year" Seminar, there was also an informational seminar on Financial Aid and how to apply for college assistance. Ms. Yvette Garrison of Clemson University conducted the presentation with more 100 parents and family attending the seminar. After the seminars, the awards were given out and light refreshments were served. Group pictures of the award winners were taken and students and families were able to speak to college recruiters until 1 PM.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation would like to thanks our great sponsors for making this event possible. Thank you to General Electric of Greenville, Furman University, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and our four Gala Foundation Sponsors, Piedmont Natural Gas, Vision Plus, and US&S, Inc., for their generous support, as well as all of the 2014 Gala Tier Sponsors.
2014 MLK Youth Program Winners
Furman University, Travelers Rest, South Carolina (picture by Mike Chatman)