Black Professional Men Inc. Announces the 19th Annual Rays of Hope Awards Scholarship Breakfast Winners
“Understanding One’s Mission….Pursuing the Passion”
By Rod Carter
(Baltimore, April 27, 2012) - For the past 19 years in June on the Saturday morning preceding Father’s Day, hundreds gather to celebrate the scholarship of a least 10 African American high school males embarking upon educational endeavors at institutions of higher learning and to honor business and community leaders for their industry and civic endeavors during the Annual Rays of Hope Awards and Scholarship Breakfast that is sponsored by Black Professional Men Inc. (BPM, www.blackprofessionalmen.org).
The Rays of Hope Awards and Scholarship Breakfast provides an opportunity for BPM Inc. to showcase and distribute scholarships to deserving African-American male students graduating from Greater Baltimore metropolitan area high schools. During the event’s 18 year tenure, BPM Inc. has awarded over 165 scholarships to deserving African-American male students. The 2012 BPM Scholars are the following students:
*Hafiz Aina (Woodlawn High) Towson University
*Tamar Boone (Loyola Blakefield High) Essex Community College
*Yelnats Calvin ( Lansdowne High) Columbia University
*Delante Desouza (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) Maryland
*Michael Greene ( Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) Morgan State
*Maurice Harried Jr. (Vivien Thomas Medical Academy) UMBC
*Hassan James II (Towson High) UMBC
*Jhustin Paschall (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) Towson
*Tyrone Page Jr. (The Baltimore School for the Arts) Peabody
*Charles Robinson, IV (Western Tech) Frostburg State University
With sponsorships of Northrup Grumman, Grant Capital Management, Comcast Cable, Associated Black Charities, AAI Corporation, Baltimore Gas and Electric and several other corporate sponsors, BPM Inc. anticipates in awarding $13, 500.00 in scholarships to 10 graduating young men bringing their 19 year scholarship total to well over $175,000.00.
The Rays of Hope Awards are given to outstanding African-American men from the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area who have excelled in their prospective professions and serve as role models to younger African–American males. Awards are given in the categories of law, business, religion, communications, STEM, education, and organization.
The 2012 Rays of Hope Award recipients are:
*Larry S. Gibson, Esquire - Legacy/ Law
*Dr. Skip Sanders - Education
*James Hamlin - Business
*Doni Glover - Communications
*Ted Imes Sr. - STEM
*Leon Purnell - Organization/ Health
*Rev. Marlon Tilghman - Religion
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Baltimore Hotel located at 101 W. Fayette Street at 9 a.m. Marc Clarke, a WHUR radio host, is the Master of Ceremony for this year’s breakfast.
Past recipients have included The Honorable Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski (UMBC), Dr. Tyrone Taborn, Joseph Haskins, Dr. Cyril Byron (Tuskegee Airmen) and Dr. Harold Carter to name a few.
For more information regarding purchasing tickets ($55.00), journal ads, vendor space, or sponsorships please visit the organization’s website www.blackprofessionalmeninc.org or call 410.377.1023. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal. Please refer to the BPM website.