Role Models receive full ride to B-CU

Program administrator, Dr. Theron Clark talks importance of HBCU’s

Ashley Montgomery | 8/7/2014, 9 a.m.

With the dwindling number of enrolled students and the rising cost of higher education, Historically Black Colleges Universities (HBCU’s) have been taking a substantial hit as of late.

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that they will be awarding full scholarships totaling to $500,000 to deserving students from inner-city high schools.

Deon Emile from Miami Edison Senior High and four Miami Northwestern Senior High students: James McMillan III, Marcus Postell, Keon Richardson and Joshua Watson.

“The students had to go through with an extensive application process,” Dr. Theron Clark, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project program administrator said. “They had to also be a part of the program for at least three years and exemplify an outstanding interest in the program.”

The scholarship recipients met all community service requirements and participated in events throughout the year.

“I am excited, thankful and humbled regarding the opportunity afforded to me by Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and Role Model Dr. Larry Handfield,” Postell said. “I am a proud recipient of a scholarship to B-CU because my keys to success — faith, consistency and hard work paid off.”

The 5000 Role Model of Excellence Project was founded in 1993 by then Miami-Dade School Board Member Wilson and has since transformed the lives of thousands of young men in Miami-Dade County. The Project has proven to be at the forefront of providing rich educational assistance, mentoring and academic and social enrichment opportunities to help young boys at risk of dropping out of school.

“I am very proud of these young men and I look forward to a very fruitful relationship

between the historic Bethune-Cookman and 5000 Role Models,” Clark said. “Hopefully this will turn into a long-lasting relationship between the two.”

Dr. Clark challenged the scholarship recipients to strive for at least a 3.5 grade point average during their first semester of college.

The Role Models have accepted the challenge and are ready to begin matriculating at B-CU.