By Patrice Smith
The inaugural Benedict College Fundraiser is set for August 17 and 18 here in Charleston. Net proceeds from the two day event will fund scholarships in education and criminal justice.
“The scholarships are geared towards local students who would major in these two fields and then come back and serve the area,” says Kevin Hollinshead, a Benedict alumnus. Hollinshead notes that there is a lack of African American police officers. He says plans include working with Tri-county municipalities to get them to hire qualified Benedict graduates.
The weekend event features a gala on Friday August 17, 2018 at the Gaillard Center from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Benedict alumnus and state Senator Darrell Jackson as the guest speaker. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased through Bridgeportfoundation.org and Just Taxes Inc. at 808 Orleans Road in West Ashley. The Wheeler Hughes Scholarship honors the beloved longtime principal of Chicora Elementary School who educated thousands of students. The Kenneth Marion Scholarship is named for Benedict’s Berkeley County Alumni president.
Day two of the Benedict College Fundraiser will feature an education seminar on Saturday August 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (formally Rivers Middle School, 1002 King Street). Benedict’s first female president, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, will address the gathering. Artis comes to Benedict from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she also served as that school’s first female president. Artis is described as a prolific speaker, critical thinker and fierce advocate for educational access.
The founders of the T. M. Landry College Prep School will also speak. Mike and Tracy Landry started their ‘no frills’ school 12 years ago in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana where 100% of the students graduate and attend college. Video of T.M. Landry students being accepted at Ivy League universities went viral recently on social media. The education seminar is open to parents, teachers and anyone concerned about the education process.