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Maleness to Manhood

Maleness to Manhood

Local Businessmen Provided Career Advice & 16 Scholarships at the 2016 'Maleness to Manhood' Seminar

Julius Hunter Gives Keynote Speech.

Sherman George and Mike Weiss bestowed Scholarship on Rolando Merriweather.

Eddie Johnson III Gives His Alumni Testimonial


2016 Maleness To Manhood Sponsored by TIAA-CREF

Businessmen shared their time and advice as mentors for teenage boys at the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls' Club's 17th Annual "Maleness to Manhood Workshop Series" on April 23 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel.  More than 200 men and teens were in attendance and 16 $1,000 college scholarships were awarded.

ESPN Radio's Randy Karraker moderated the festivities in which award-winning broadcaster and author of seven books Julius Hunter provided a heartfelt and inspiring keynote address and donated signed copies of his book, "TV One-on-One" for all the students and mentors to take home.  Alumnus Eddie Johnson III, overseer and apostle, Inspired Souls Praise & Worship Center, also shared with the audience how the event impacted him as a young man looking for guidance. Lunch featured music by Collage pianist Tim Huskey and a special performance by Atum Jones, a junior major in classical guitar performance at Webster University.

The support of title sponsor TIAA-Cref helped Mathews-Dickey increase the impact of their 17th annual program to serve more students.  Each of these young men was paired with a local businessman as a career-building luncheon partner, with about 200 in attendance.  The mentors shared their business card, conversed one-on-one with their student, answered questions, and offered advice and guidance for the student’s forthcoming professional and educational journey over a fine meal catered by the Airport Marriott. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FACEBOOK ALBUM OF EVENT. 

 Sherman George, retired fire commissioner & chief, bestowed 16 $1,000 college scholarship(s) to graduating seniors who've demonstrated scholastic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service. The scholarships went to:

  • Cordell Billups, Riverview Gardens High School, who plans to become NeuroSurgeon.
  • Jordan Clay, Vashon High School, who plans to become a mechanical engineer
  • Dominick Gillette, Pattonville High School, who plans to become an entrepreneur
  • Donte’ Hopkins , Parkway West High School, who plans to become a high school English teacher.
  • Jared Howard, at Parkway North High School, who plans to become a programmer
  • Charles Jones, Brentwood High School, plans to become an athletic director
  • Kyle Liggins, Parkway North High School, who plans to become a medical doctor
  • Rolando Merriweather II, Cardinal Ritter High School, who plans to become a computer engineer
  • Darnell Payne, Pattonville High School, plans to go into marketing
  • Christopher Potter, Parkway North High School, who plans to become an artistic director.
  • Jordan Pryor, Ladue High School, plans study Pre-Med
  • Patrick Sanders, Jr., McCluer High School, plans to become a physical therapist
  • Frantz Sanon, at Parkway West High School, who plans to become a Physician
  • Travaughn Watson, Riverview Gardens High School, plans to become a successful architectural drafter
  • Nicolas Williams, McCluer North High School, plans to become a veterinarian

Each teen attended a total of three 45-minute seminars taught by distinguished businessmen from 9 a.m. to noon:

  • "Beyond the Numbers: Careers in Accounting" — Michael Weiss, executive director, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • "Communications Professional" — Paul Lancia, partner, Glance Creative and Chris Quarles, partner, Glance Creative
  • "Engineering: A Successful Career Path" — Andrew Kimmle, structural engineer, Jacobs Engineering and John Chartrand, mechanical engineer, Jacobs Engineering
  • "Money Smart for Young Adults" — Aaron Owens, AVP, Bank of America 
  •  "Paging Doctor You" — Dr. Arnold Bullock, distinguished professor of Urology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • "Scientific Path" — Dr. Bobby Trawick, director chemistry, Mallinckrodt
  • "The Verdict: A Look at the Legal Profession" — Anthony Grice, attorney at law, Husch Blackwell
  • "What’s Private, What’s Not" — Shane Roach, prevention specialist, NCADA

Support also was provided by St. Louis Community College’s African-American Male Initiative, Ameren, Dr. Walter Ballinger Memorial, Dr. Walter & Mrs. Ruth Washington Memorial, Centene, Ernst & Young, Grice Group Architects and the Weiss Family Scholarship Fund.  

For information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228, or Ty Howard at (314) 382-5952, ext. 232.

The mission of the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is to produce well-educated, physically active and hopeful youth with family at the center of its efforts. The organization is a 501(c)(3) United Way member agency.

2016 Scholarship Mentees & Mentors.