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College Tour Results in Scholarship Awards For High School Seniors
Since Men United, Inc. began almost exactly a year ago, the organization has accumulated an abundance of support from their community, celebrities, political figures, and even colleges and universities.
Men United is a Mississippi-based youth outreach program aimed at providing young men the opportunities and resources needed to develop leadership skills.
Lee Williams, the Director of Operations, spoke with us in January about why the organization was started.
The leaders of the organization, who are not only cousins but also current or former law enforcement agents, have been able to change countless lives since founding Men United.
Most recently, during a trip to tour Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri.
“We took a huge group because we wanted everyone to get that experience,” said Williams. “Because not everyone can say ‘I’ve had a college tour’, so we wanted all them to know what that’s like.”
Men United traveled with a female-focused nonprofit called Exquisite Pearls of Excellence, who have a similar goal – to help female high school students with mentorship, scholarship, leadership, service, and college and career readiness.
Together, the administration and Men United had been planning a life-changing surprise for some of the seniors in the group.
At the end of the trip, the President of the University, Dr. Latonya Smith, awarded multiple high school seniors with scholarships to the university – right there on the spot. Some, even full-ride.
The scholarship recipients were hand-selected by Dr. Smith and other administration.
“These are scholarship that these kids earned. They went through their GPAs, report cards, everything. They earned those scholarship. It was not just given to them,” said Williams.
The scholarship recipients were: Jordan Browley, Clay Taylor, Deja Walker, Aaliyah Bridges, Zyashanti Brooks, Kennedy James, and Mercedes Bradford.
The experience ended up being such a success that the organization is confidently planning many more tours to be planned in the future.
“Harris-Stowe State University was awesome,” said Williams.
“They worked with us perfectly. I’ve never seen a president so engaged as [President Smith] was. This is most definitely not going to be a one-time deal. This is something that Men United put into place so we can show these kids that they don’t need to limit themselves to one thing, they can travel, they can get those experiences too. We’re going to make sure of that.”
The opportunity was made possible through the support of many people. Milton Williams, the Founder and CEO of Men United, made the following post upon their return:
Men United meetings are held weekly in each location, and there is only one requirement to being a part of the organization: show up.
Tuesday they are in Charleston, MS at 6:00 p.m., and on Thursdays they are in Lambert, MS at 6:00 p.m.
On March 26, Men United will celebrate their one-year anniversary; they will be hosting an anniversary banquet in Batesville where all are invited, with appearances from Darryl Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe (see poster below).
Men United, Inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men United, Inc. Phone: 662-477-4370