On Sunday, June 2, 2013, the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation (GZBF) hosted its annual GZBF LAMP Mentor Scholarship Luncheon, at the Pasadena Hilton. This year's theme was "Rising to the Top." Twelve African-American male high school seniors were honored, in front of over 350 family, friends and neighbors. Over seventeen thousand ($17,000) in awards were distributed to the young men, as they prepare to embark upon their collegiate careers.
In a reception, preceding the scholarship luncheon, United States Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) presented the GZBF and each LAMP student with a Congressional proclamation, commemorating the event. Pasadena City Councilman, John Kennedy, addressed the crowd and highlighted the importance of mentoring our youth. The young men were also presented with certificates from several local political offices.
The Keynote Speaker for the afternoon, Nolan V. Rollins, President/CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, implored the adults in the audience to continue teaching and nurturing the young men, in preparation for their opportunity to take the reins and "seize the moment," on their respective paths to greatness.
Honorees included Leadership Award recipient, Eric Holoman (President, Magic Johnson Enterprises) and Dr. Michael Scott, Community Award winner. Floraline Stevens accepted an Honorary Award on behalf of her husband, Melvin Stevens, and Mary Crew accepted a posthumous award for the late Ernest Crew. Chris Schauble, KTLA Morning News Co-Host was the emcee for the event.
The twelve student honorees are graduates of the GZBF LAMP Mentor Program, an award-winning ten-month curriculum that specializes in soft-skill training, with an emphasis on Leadership, Achievement, Management and Professionalism (LAMP). Successful completion of the program allowed the students to compete for the awards. The GZBF LAMP Mentor Program is available to African-American male high school students (grades 9 -12) who want to attend and graduate from the college or university of their choice. There is no cost to the students, or their parents. The GZBF LAMP Program meets monthly, from September through June.
For more information on the LAMP Mentor Program, please visit www.gammazetaboule.org.