Above: Alijah Leflore of Jackson (left), who received the 100 Black Men of Jackson Scholarship. With him is Jonathan Townes, Associate CTE Dean.
LeFlore, a first-generation college student studying architectural engineering at the Utica Campus, is a two-time scholarship recipient. In addition to financial support, scholarship recipients also receive mentoring services, which focus on achieving educational excellence, health and wellness, economic empowerment and leadership development.
“This scholarship ensures that I can become college educated and achieve my dream of becoming an architect,” LeFlore said. “After completing my studies at Hinds, my dream is to further my studies at a four-year institution in hopes of someday upgrading the infrastructure in my hometown.”
Jonathan Townes, a member of the 100 Black Men of Jackson Inc. and dean of Technology-Career and Technical Education, said LeFlore deserves the scholarship because of his consistency and dedication to his studies. “As a mentor, it brings me joy to see students such as Mr. LeFlore thrive under the tutelage of our organization,” he said. “I know this scholarship will aid him in his degree completion at Hinds and his matriculation to a four-year institution.”
The 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc. was founded in 1990. The organization strives to improve the lives of at-risk African American youth in Jackson and surrounding communities. It annually provides financial assistance to hundreds of prospective and currently enrolled college students. It also partners with other nonprofits, churches and civic organizations to provide health screenings and educational resources for diseases prevalent among African Americans.
“It feels really good to be recognized by this prestigious organization of Black men who are leaders in my community,” Leflore said. “Because of them, I too aspire to serve as a positive role model for younger generations.”
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