L.T.C. Pearl Ferguson and Dr. Elmira Mangum
Florida A&M University Broward County Alumni Chapter hosted its Fifth Annual Unity Day at The DoubleTree by Hilton, on June 28, 2014 where the 11th President, Dr. Elmira Mangum was the speaker. There were over 200 in attendance and over $11,000 given by alumni and community sponsors toward the establishment of an Endowment (permanent funds established for a specific purpose) which will ultimately assist with funding to support educational expenses for students.
“The Broward Alumni Chapter has stepped up to the call of our University President, Dr. Elmira Mangum. According to the National Association for College and Universities Business Officers “Top 10 HBCU Endowment”, Florida A&M University is number five with $115 million, as Howard University tops the list with more than $513 million in its endowment. Our President gave a challenge to support our Alma Mater by giving, and Broward is doing just that. Institutions of higher learning around the nation were hit hard by cuts in state support. FAMU could certainly benefit now, not tomorrow, but today, from the support of our alumni, community and everyone who cares about its survival,” stated Mary Smith, president of the Broward Alumni Chapter.
In an effort to recognize significant philanthropic gifts and support of the Broward Alumni Chapter and FAMU, the Broward Chapter’s Endowment Scholarship will be named after L.T.C. Pearl Ferguson, who has been a member and unswerving supporter since the chapter was founded in 1963. Pearl is a life member and donor, giving over $10,000 per year to the support of the Broward Chapter and FAMU. For more information on how you can support the Broward County Chapter Endowment; call (954) 430-9760 or online at www.browardrattlers.com.