St. Louis – As students prepare to head back to school, 30 collegians from across the country participated in the third-annual Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown leadership symposium in St. Louis and accept $150,000 in scholarships.
Legends of the Crown, an Anheuser-Busch program in partnership with UNCF, is an investment in the development of the next generation of leaders. This unique program provides exceptional student leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) $5,000 scholarships and workshops on career planning and leadership development.
Both Houston and Ft. Worth, Texas are homes to two of the recipients.
Chelsea Clark, Houston, who received $5,000, is using her award toward pursuing a degree in chemistry at Fisk University.
Patricia Okwena, Ft. Worth, who also received $5,000, is using hers toward pursuing a degree in computer science at Claflin University.
The scholarship program and symposium were inspired by the “Great Kings and Queens of Africa” art collection commissioned by Anheuser-Busch in 1975. Created by 23 unique artists, each piece depicts an African leader and underscores the message of leadership on which the Legends of the Crown educational program was built.
“Legends of the Crown is an extension of Anheuser-Busch’s 35-year partnership with UNCF and our commitment to supporting and investing in diverse communities,” said Julio Suárez, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch. “The Great Kings and Queens of Africa art collection celebrates the richness of African history and the timeless lessons of leadership each king and queen exemplified.”
During the event, which recently took place, the 30 Legends of the Crown scholars will visited area landmarks and worked closely with Anheuser-Busch and UNCF executives as well as St. Louis community leaders. Students contributed to a special chalk art installation at Anheuser-Busch that will bring to life select images from the original Great Kings and Queens of Africa art collection.
Gian Paul Gonzalez, a motivational speaker best known for his inspirational work with professional athletes, performed the keynote address. Gonzalez shared insights on the commitment students need to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.
In addition to Gonzalez’ presentation, students participated in resume workshops and mock interviews with Anheuser-Busch leaders to help them prepare to enter the job market. Additional executives and community leaders will be on-hand to facilitate high-energy panel discussions on leadership development. New this year, previous scholarship recipients and symposium attendees have been invited back to share words of wisdom and guidance with the 2014 class.
The Legends of the Crown symposium culminated with students gathering at Kingdom House on Saturday to help beautify a place where thousands of people achieve self-sufficiency and gain economic independence each year.
“The Legends of the Crown scholarship program and leadership symposium have positively impacted the lives of young African-American students for the past three years,” said Jackson. “But we’ve partnered with Anheuser-Busch for decades to help provide students with funds to attain a college education. We count Legends of the Crown as an important part of our work to help make the educational dreams of African-American students come true.”
Legends of the Crown scholarships were awarded to eligible student leaders entering their junior year of study at four-year, accredited HBCUs in the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients were required to have a 3.2 GPA or higher, strong leadership skills, and must be pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, math, business or marketing. For more information about the scholarship program, visit uncf.org.
About the Anheuser-Busch “Great Kings and Queens of Africa” Collection
First commissioned by Anheuser-Busch in 1975, “The Great Kings and Queens of Africa” is a series of 30 works by 23 African-American artists, many of whom went on to have successful careers in fine art. It features the great leaders and rulers throughout African history, researched by leading African history scholar, Prof. John Henrik Clarke. The paintings became a valued part of teaching African history throughout the country. The collection has been viewed more than 43 million times, including exhibits at the 1982 World’s Fair, 1996 Summer Olympics and on Capitol Hill. The collection’s award-winning artists included Jonathan Knight, Alexander Bostic, Barbara Higgins-Bond, Paul Collins, John Biggers, Lydia Thompson, Jerry Pinkney, Leo Dillon and Carl Owens. Reprints of the artwork were featured in Anheuser-Busch advertising, calendars and posters.
About The Anheuser-Busch Foundation
For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch and The Anheuser-Busch Foundation have reached out to groups in need, contributing to community organizations across the country and touching countless individual lives. Since 1997, the company and its foundation have donated more than $530 million to charitable organizations, including those that support education, the environment, economic development, disaster preparedness/relief and support of those who serve our country. For more information, visit anheuser-busch.com.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Learn more at uncf.org.