Tickets now available for Saturday scholarship banquet

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 06:57 PM


The eighth annual Reclaiming Our Youth Scholarship banquet will take place Saturday, at 6 p.m., in the civic center on the main campus of Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson. Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., the 12th president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, will be the guest speaker for the occasion.

Jenkins holds a bachelors degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University; as well as both a masters degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University in Indiana. Assuming his current post in February of 2006, he has since made significant changes to the college. By stabilizing the institution’s finances, increasing student enrollment, and renovating and making additions to the campus, he has reduced the school’s debt by more than $10 million while increasing its net asset value by more than $12 million during the time. 

Scholarship and award winners will be announced during the banquet: they will actually receive their awards upon their enrollment at their respective Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Also, major contributors will each receive recognition with the presentation of a “Golden Key Award.”

This will be a semiformal event. A catered meal will be served and a live band, “Just Friends,” will perform.

The Reclaiming Our Youth leadership program provides opportunities for youth throughout four counties, including Vance County. Vincent Ragland, executive director, is encouraging the community to attend this event.

To purchase tickets, for more information, or to either contribute or sponsor a scholarship, contact any of the following: Ragland at (252) 213-2095, Eddie Williams at (704) 472-6274 or Rosemary Lewis at (252) 432-0243.