The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. held their 20th Annual Grand Scholarship Gala on last Saturday evening at the Marriott Riverfront Savannah. The program included, a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by Kimberly Gunn.
During the awards presentation, the Educational Leadership Award was presented to Mr. Alfred McGuire, Jr. and the Mentoring Service Award was presented to Shed Dawson, Sr. Former mayor Otis Johnson received the Community Service Award and former mayor Edna B. Jackson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Report Card presentations were made on the Youth Leadership Academy by Simeon D. George/Mentor and Tara Smith as a Parent.
Brenda Roberts presented comments on the School Mentoring Program. Denali Pringle, a fourth grade student, was the highlight of the program as he spoke on his mentoring experience. Lloyd Johnson delivered comments on the Savannah 100 Foundation, Inc. and Dr. Leroy Zimmerman, President introduced the scholarship recipients and made closing remarks. Dawn Baker served as Mistress of Ceremony.
Scholarship recipients include: Cierra White – a senior at Savannah Arts Academy, James Hazzard – Jenkins High School, Nkenge Mitchell – Savannah Early College, and Marquis Baker – Windsor Forest High School.
Nkenge A. Mitchell, a 2016 scholarship recipient will be attending The University of Georgia majoring in Biology Pre- Med and minoring in dance. Mitchell is a senior at Savannah Early College High School and has been accepted into 6 colleges and counting, including Spelman College, The University of Georgia, Mercer University, Emory University, Georgia Southern University, and Stony Brook University. Marquis Baker will be attending Johnson & Wales University majoring in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Baker is a senior at Windsor Forest High School.