One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York (OHBM) awarded $100,000 in college scholarships to 51 talented graduating students from a dozen New York City public high schools at a ceremony earlier this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“As founders of The Eagle Academy for Young Men eleven years ago, The One Hundred Black Men of New York today continues its work to mentor and empower young men and women not only with scholarships, but also by operating education and community programs that transform lives. These initiatives include our Robotics Summer Camps, Entrepreneurship Workshops, Economic Empowerment Summits and ‘Learn To Swim’ Initiatives,” said OHBM President Michael J. Garner.
Donna Williams, Chief Audience Development Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, welcomed the assembled students, parents, members and supporters of the OHBM. Following her address, Reginald Pittman and Gregory Worrell, Co-Chairs of the Education & Scholarship Committee, presented the program and introduced Rev. Jacques Andre De Graff who delivered a keynote address at the awards ceremony.
For more than twenty years, One Hundred Black Men, Inc. has provided scholarships based on academic performance, community service and financial need to seniors in New York City public schools who have been accepted to an accredited college or university. As the founder and initial sponsor of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, scholarships are given to Eagle Academy graduates. The Eagle Academy was opened in the Bronx in 2004 as New York City’s first single-gender public school in more than thirty years. Schools are also open in Brooklyn, Harlem and Queens, each with a focus on academic excellence, leadership and character development.