The College Trust Fund for Students of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) of Nashville, TN, Inc. will hold its 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Banquet on Friday, February 1, 2013. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, in Nashville.
The featured banquet speaker will be Reverend Joshua Dubois, who serves President Barack H. Obama as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The mistress of ceremony for the event will be Ms. Vicki Yates, reporter/anchor at News Channel 5 WTVF TV.
Highlighting the evening will be two scholarships awarded to students from each of the Nashville’s four historically black colleges and universities: American Baptist College, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University. A special scholarship in honor of the late Lynette F. Reed will also be presented by her parents Dr. Norman Reed and Mrs. May Reed.
Also featured will be awards to high school students from area churches that have written winning essays on the importance of voting and continuing the dream of Dr. Martin King, Jr.; and a “Drum Major” award to an outstanding civic leader whose commitment to community service exemplifies the work and life of Dr. King.
The Funds chairman, Robert S. Poole, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Meharry Medical College, said, “it is vital that this fund continues its growth to help support worthy and deserving students. Moreover, the fund, in collaboration with the IMF and local churches, is promoting community-wide advocacy for scholarship fundraising that benefits local HBCU students.”
The College Trust Fund was founded under the leadership of Dr. Marcel Kellar during his tenure as President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF). The fund was chartered in May 1983 to create an endowed scholarship fund to benefit students attending Nashville’s four HBCU’s.
The Featured Speaker
Joshua Dubois, MPA
Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Joshua DuBois is Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As director, he manages the federal government’s relationships with faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations around the country. One of President Obama’s longest serving aides, DuBois previously served in then-Senator Obama’s legislative office, and he led the Religious Affairs Department for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.
In the Obama Administration, DuBois is a leader on many of the President’s signature programs and initiatives including the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, which helps fathers reconnect with their families; the “Together for Tomorrow” challenge, which supports community organizations that help low-performing schools; the congregation-based “Job Clubs” initiative that helps put Americans back to work; and President Obama’s Interfaith Campus Challenge, which connects students of different faiths together to serve their community.
DuBois is a noted expert on the intersection of religion and public life, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN and elsewhere. Before working with Sen. Obama, DuBois was an Associate Pastor at a small church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. DuBois was raised in Nashville, Tennessee.