Six Medgar Evers College Students Also Receive $11K in Scholarships at Luncheon

Medgar Evers College (MEC) honored outstanding leaders in business, technology, medicine and education, and Medgar Evers students today at the 2013 ING/Medgar Evers College Pinnacle Awards Luncheon today at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Manhattan. The ING/Medgar Evers Pinnacle Awards, generously supported by ING U.S., honored five outstanding leaders and supporters, as well as six MEC students who received scholarships to continue their studies.

Joining Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard to welcome and laud the honorees and students were ING Foundation Community Relations National Director Chip Wheeler; CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson; First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn Senior Pastor Emeritus Reverend Dr. Paul Smith; WABC-TV Community Relations Vice President and luncheon Mistress of Ceremonies Saundra P. Thomas, as well as MEC School of Business Marketing & International Business major Sharrell Williams who spoke about her experience as a Medgar Evers student.

Six Medgar Evers College students also received a total $11K in scholarships. ING U.S. scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to Kelisha Alexander and Marilyn Beckford; Sprint scholarships of $1,500 each to Michael Angerville and Holy Cabrol; and UPS scholarships of $1,500 each to Tasheika Grizzle and Daun Joseph.

This year’s honorees included ING Foundation President & Office of Corporate Responsibility Senior Vice President Rhonda R. Mims; Macy’s Government and Consumer Affairs & Diversity Vendor Development Senior Vice President Edward J. Goldberg; Medgar Evers College Preparatory School Principal Dr. Michael Wiltshire; SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Graduate Studies and Vice Dean for Research Dr. Mark Stewart; and Sprint Corporate Social Responsibility Vice President Ralph D. Reid.

The luncheon takes place during the College’s Black History Month activities which honor and acknowledge the accomplishments of those who have supported African American civil rights and advancement efforts in education. Funds raised from the luncheon will benefit the Medgar Evers Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) entity which provides programmatic support as well as scholarships to MEC students.

“The word ‘pinnacle’ is defined as the highest or topmost point or level, and the ING Pinnacle Awards luncheon gives us the chance to acknowledge those who are at the pinnacle of their careers,” said Dr. Pollard. “ING, Macy’s, Sprint and UPS, SUNY Downstate, and Medgar Evers Prep are critical partners as we prepare our students to take on leadership roles for success beyond Medgar Evers College. We are grateful to ING U.S. for recognizing the potential in our students, for their willingness to invest in them, and especially for commemorating this occasion during Black History Month. We look forward to a longstanding relationship.”

“ING U.S. is excited to join Medgar Evers College as a partner in education,” said ING Foundation President & Office of Corporate Responsibility Senior Vice President Rhonda Mims.  “We strongly believe that a quality education is a key to future job opportunities, and ultimately, a secure financial future. This is why the ING Foundation has partnered with Medgar Evers College, and will present two scholarships of $2,500 each to Kelisha Alexander and Marilyn Beckford at the Pinnacle Awards Luncheon.  Both Kelisha and Marilyn embody the spirit and drive that will surely help them reach their ultimate goals.”

“At CUNY, Black History Month is a time of celebration, appreciation, and advancement as we share history, heritage, and high hopes for the future,” said CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson. “By supporting Medgar Evers College students, ING U.S., Sprint, and UPS are helping to positively transform lives.”

“I am extremely gratified for the association that both my company, Macy’s, and I have personally with Medgar Evers College,” said Macy’s Government and Consumer Affairs & Diversity Vendor Development Senior Vice President Ed Goldberg. “Medgar Evers College represents tremendous educational opportunities that abound in the New York school system for higher education and continues to inculcate in its student body all of the important attributes and skills that will lead its graduates to successful careers in just about any field or endeavor that they choose. Congratulations to the college and its faculty and staff for achieving excellence on a continuous basis!”

On behalf of the students of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, I am humbled to be among those being celebrated at the ING/Medgar Evers Pinnacle Awards luncheon,” said Medgar Evers College Preparatory School Principal Dr. Wiltshire. “During Black History Month, it is a great honor to be recognized in conjunction with the namesake of our school, as well as the College. Our students take pride in his legacy and continue to secure many successes.”

“Sprint is proud to be a part of the Pinnacle Awards, and as an honoree, I am thrilled to share in the success of the students receiving scholarships from Sprint, ING and UPS,” said Sprint Corporate Social Responsibility Vice President and honoree Ralph Reid. “As an important investment in their futures, we are privileged to do our part in helping to keep those futures attainable and achievable.”

“The future of science, math, and medicine depends on leaders who commit to be role models and mentors for the generations to come,” said Medical Center School of Graduate Studies and Vice Dean for Research and honoree Dr. Mark Stewart. “The considerable efforts of Dean Patwary and others at Medgar Evers College, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s relationship with them are key steps in building a network of mentors and role models that will be critical for guiding our young people into lasting and meaningful service. We are honored to be included in this year’s program.”

About ING U.S.

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About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

Contact:         Dawn S. Walker/ (718) 530-4539