Professional Development & Scholarships Provided to St. Louis Area Young Men
Local Businessmen Provided Career Advice & 16 Scholarships at the 2016 ‘Maleness to Manhood’ Seminar
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 increased 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.
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 to 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.