Broward FAMU alumni launch endowment kickoff June 28 — Dr. Elmira Mangum, speaker
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — New Florida A&M University president, Dr. Elmira Mangum will keynote a “Unity Day” celebration Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Doubletree By Hilton in Sunrise, Fla. Sponsored by the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Alumni Association, Broward County Chapter, the affair will launch an endowment at FAMU to provide scholarships for underserved high school seniors.
Typically, many young people from underserved areas lack adequate financial resources and important “life skills” development. Dropout rates show that high school seniors from these populations succumb to intense frustration and give up hope of “making it.” Ramifications of negativity cascades down to the lower high school grades and exacerbate dropout rates.
Each year, the Chapter has focused on strategies that will unite community partners and Florida A&M University to address issues such as this that changes how our students succeed. These issues may range from lack of preparation to lack of funding for college and how the community can help increase efforts for student success.
One main focus is to assist with much needed funding for a college education. This event will be the first of its kind to raise monies for the Broward County’s Chapter establishment of an Endowment at the University. Alumni are called to support these efforts which will allow student access to much needed funding to accomplish lifelong goals.
Dr. Elmira Mangum is the institution’s first female president. The President will be on hand in the designated press room to answer well-wishers and curiosity seekers questions. Her message will also apprise guest of the state of the University.
The Unity Day endowment fundraiser will include elected officials, corporations, clergy and church members, Greek letter organizations and members of various community groups.
The endowment creation is a dynamic move by the Broward County FAMU alumni to provide opportunities for qualified inner-city high school seniors to attend the nationally regarded FAMU schools of pharmacy, engineering, nursing, business, journalism and others.
For more information contact FAMU Broward Alumni Chapter (954) 430-9760. firstname.lastname@example.org.