On October 7, 2010, Cheyney University, the nation's oldest HBCU, will host the first annual Ed Bradley Scholarship Gala in honor of the late Ed Bradley, an alum best known for his role with CBS’s “60 Minutes” and for his style of investigative journalism. The gala will be held on the university's main campus in Cheyney, PA, and will benefit their Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Towards Effective Role Models) program, designed to increase the number of African-American males teaching in urban settings.
Via Press Release: Ed Bradley graduated from Cheyney University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Throughout his career and lifetime, Bradley proudly proclaimed the benefit of receiving an education from Cheyney University as he rose to the status of American icon. Dr. William H. "Bill" Cosby, Jr., who is the Honorary Chairperson of the Call Me MISTER program at Cheyney University, refers to the University as “Ed Bradley’s school.” In recognition of his late friend and distinguished alumnus, Dr. Cosby will be performing in concert.
University President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital shares, “We thank our Honorary Chairman, Dr. Bill Cosby for his generosity of influence and spirit that will help us generate needed scholarship dollars for the Call Me MISTER Program—our urban K-12 teacher education program focusing on producing more male teachers of color and more female teachers in the STEM areas.”
Originally, the Call Me MISTER program was created at Clemson University and provides opportunity and access for a diverse student population. This nationally recognized program supports Cheyney University’s mission to graduate generations of confident and competent visionary leaders who are reflective of their environment and responsible citizens for society. In 2006, State Representative James Roebuck (D), Chairman of the House Education Committee, championed and secured $1 million in seed funding in order to bring the Call Me MISTER program to Pennsylvania. Cheyney University is one of four HBCUs to join the program.
Unlike Clemson University, Cheyney University does not receive dedicated annual state funding for the continuation of this program. University officials are optimistic that the benefit gala will bring awareness to the importance of this program; as well as serve as vehicle to annually honor the life and legacy of Ed Bradley.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please contact 1-877-698-9988 and visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu/.
Source: Press release/Photo: USAToday