Chinua Lambie, LT’07, Providence St. Joseph Health; Earl Parker, LT’14, Port of Seattle; Anthony Shoecraft, LT’11, City of Seattle
In 2016, South Shore PreK-8’s celebration of National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) inspired more than 250 Black men to welcome students to school with enthusiastic high fives. The media coverage of this community event led a Detroit-based organization to pledge $100,000 in scholarship dollars to ten Black male seniors graduating from high schools in the Seattle area. Sadly, the organization did not fulfill that promise, affecting the educational futures of the young men who absolutely needed that assistance to make college a reality.
Seeing the negative impact of that broken promise, we created the MoHundred Scholarship Fund to fill the gap, rallying our local community to help make their college dreams come true.
The impact of the fund is huge: it will change the narrative for the young men receiving the scholarship. When adults break their promises to children, it leaves them with a feeling of disappointment, resentment, and mistrust. While we know MoHundred can’t undo the past, our intent is to make good on the future. With this fund, we aim to restore the financial promise made to these young men and show them that their community cares about them and is invested in their success.
As leaders of MoHundred and LT alumni, we are committed to serving as many people as possible; giving back to our community to enable a more powerful future for our youth is a daily practice. Our vision is that one day this scholarship fund will be greater than the need. To learn more about this scholarship fund and how you can get help make more educational futures happen, visit http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/scholarships/mohundred