By Maritza Bannerman
More than 400 Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumni, friends and community supporters turned out at the Lakeland Center on February 18 to celebrate a milestone achieved by the FAMU NAA Polk County Chapter.
The chapter achieved its goal of fulfilling a $100,000 scholarship endowment to support student scholarships.
Longtime president of the chapter, Doris Hicks, presented the check to Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
“The FAMU Polk County alumni chapter’s motto has been ‘teamwork is the only work that works'” Hicks said. “From the beginning to the night of the announcement we stayed committed and focused.”
Robinson was joined by FAMU Board of Trustees Chair Kelvin Lawson, Trustee Robert Woody, Student Affairs Vice President William Hudson Jr., Ph.D., University Advancement Vice President George Cotton, FAMU NAA President LTC Greg Clark, and NAA Florida Region Vice President Jean Downing.
The Polk County alumni chapter was able to complete the endowment in just three years.
“Our annual scholarship galas were a great vehicle to promote the endowment. We kept everyone informed of where we were financially at each gala over the last three years,” said Hicks.
Among the event’s announcements was the recognition of seven Polk County High School seniors who have been admitted to the University and will be attending FAMU beginning in the fall 2017 semester with scholarships in-hand.
The chapter was acknowledged in a special plaque unveiling ceremony on Friday, March 31, at the Eternal Flame on FAMU’s campus.
“We will encourage our students as they walk pass the Eternal Flame on Florida A&M University’s campus to stop for a moment and give thanks for something that was bigger than themselves. We invested in them,” Hicks said.