As a member of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC), I am always happy to share events that positively impact our community. MBCC will host its fifth annual golf tournament on Monday, June 8th, at the Heritage Links Golf Club in Lakeville, MN, to raise funds in support of its college scholar’s education fund and program initiative. Golfers and non-golfers are encouraged to support the chambers’ event by coming out to enjoy a fun filled day of golf, celebrity appearances, a BBQ buffet, and games/prizes. Student golfers will be paired with business leaders to demonstrate their skills as golfers and practice networking. BBQ buffet and awards reception following the golf.
The purpose of the fund program is to close the post-secondary achievement gap and make young people the centerpiece of the business community’s priorities. The MBCC program plan includes mentoring, internship, tutoring, and financial assistance, targeting students that are interested in careers in business and entrepreneurship.
This fall the chamber will award its second round of scholarships to three deserving students. “Our goal is to raise $20,000 thru 2016 to expand the chamber’s scholarship support to include 10 additional students” said MBCC President, Lea Hargett. To recruit scholar candidates, the chamber has established collaborative partnerships with the University YMCA through its Collegiate Achiever Program (Y-CAP) and the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) Twin Cities Chapter. As the College Scholars program evolves, the chamber will align its business members and constituents to offer summer internship, career mentoring, guest speakers, and exposure to business networking, and mentoring to the college students enrolled in the program.
Data provided by the U.S. Department of Education, shows that only 30% of Minnesota African Americans enrolled in an undergraduate program finished Bachelor degrees; 29% finished Associate degrees; and 41% completed certificate programs. We believe that our work must include the education and preparation of our future leaders. Our collaborations will give us greater capacity to reach Minnesota college students through our shared efforts to impact post-secondary completion rates”, Hargett said. This year, MBCC Board member, Hillary Swanson, has assumed the leadership responsibility for the expansion of the scholar awards and the development of the program.
To support the MBCC College Scholars initiative, register for the College Scholars Golf Classic on the chamber website at www.minnesotabcc.org and click on the “REGISTER NOW!” link.
Current Golf Tournament Sponsors are: Xcel Energy, Estes Gifts and News, Minnesota Twins, Olu’s Home, and UpNet Technologies.
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