On June 8th, 2013 – The Urban League of San Diego County celebrated its 22nd Annual Golden Pyramid Scholars Program on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The event took place at San Diego Concourse, Golden Hall. The program was designed to identify, recruit, nurture and support students who are striving to achieve academic and economic excellence. The communities’ goal is to ensure that its future parents, politicians, scientists, carpenters, doctors, and professors are identified early and supported continuously in their quest to achieve excellence.
Pamela Gray Payton, Assistant Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs, University of San Diego, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Jeff Carr, Chief Diversity Officer, led the day off with a universal invocation. Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer, San Diego State University, provided the keynote address while relating to all of the diverse age groups in the audience. Linda Greene, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of California, San Diego, provided the greeting and induction followed by sharing that UCSD will provide large scholarships to students that are accepted into their university from targeted schools in the urban community. The Honorable Shirley Weber, California State Assembly member, provided a greeting on behalf of the State of California and presented certificates of recognition to high school students with a cumulative 4.0 and above GPA. The Honorable Myrtle Cole, Councilmember, City of San Diego, provided a greeting from the City of San Diego, Fourth District. Cindy Marten, the incoming Superintendent, and Marne Foster, School Board Member, provided greetings from San Diego Unified School District. Mack Jenkins, Chief Probation Officer, and Captain Zerbin Singleton, U.S. Marines, presented awards while sharing tips about success and entering non-traditional careers.
Al Abdallah (State Farm Insurance) Board Chair, James Watkins (Bank of America) Programs Chair, and Ray King, the President and CEO, Urban League of San Diego County, hosted an early morning reception thanking the sponsors and partners for their continued support of the organization. During the reception, Henry Lawrence, Market President, Union Bank, announced a new three year $150,000.00 partnership with the Urban League of San Diego County for a housing education program.
In partnership with several community based organizations, more than $215,000 in scholarships were presented to Golden Pyramid Scholars who represent African American and other underrepresented populations. The scholarship partners included College Bound; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter; San Diego State University; San Ysidro Health Center; and Rudolph Johnson Scholarship Fund, Neighborhood House Association & Urban League of San Diego County. Additional thanks goes to our military personnel who volunteered their time to help with logistics and crowd management.
The Golden Pyramid Academic Scholars Awards program provided participating organizations and businesses an opportunity to connect with more than 1,300 high-achieving underrepresented youth and their families. This year’s program attracted more than 2,529 people. Participants were encouraged to enroll in one of our year-round youth programs such as Project Ready (College Readiness Programs for males and females 11-17). The Golden Pyramid Scholars Program features encouraging messages which promote academic achievement, civic responsibility and professional success. The programs emphasis on academic achievement and career success attracts aspiring, influential teens and young adults, ages 8-18 along with loyal parents/grandparents/guardians of all ages. These consumers bring a mindset perfect for marketing certain consumer brands, career opportunities and social campaigns that appeal to this trend-setting demographic.
Enrollment is now open for Project Ready College Readiness Program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the program and the application process.