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Eighteen students to spend summer promoting Black College Fund

5/27/2004 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn

By United Methodist News Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Eighteen students representing the United Methodist Church's 11 historically black colleges and universities are spending most of their summer traveling to annual conferences to promote awareness of their schools.

Each year, students enrolled in the schools are selected on the recommendation of their college presidents to serve as good-will ambassadors to promote and interpret the Black College Fund throughout the church's five jurisdictions.

The 32-year-old program is supported by local church apportionments and promoted by the internship program, which was named for former fund executive Lina H. McCord. The Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns section of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry sponsors the program.

The 18 interns and ambassadors -- former interns who serve as mentors for interns and promote the fund on short-term assignments beyond the annual conference --will travel to 32 annual conference sessions, visit with local churches and United Methodist men's and women's groups, and attend college and youth events.

The students, all church members themselves, will thank people for paying apportionments and describe how the fund has changed their lives. More than 15,000 students attend the church-related historically black schools and universities.

The 2004 Lina McCord summer interns and their itineration schedules are:
· Esaunta Buncomb, Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.-South Carolina, North Carolina.
· Erin Grimes, Dillard University, New Orleans-special speaking engagements throughout Nashville, Tenn.
· Lillian Ferguson, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas-Student Forum, Texas, Iowa
· Kenia da Silva Guimaraes, Clark Atlanta University-Wisconsin, North Georgia
· Chris Washum, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark.-North Indiana, South Indiana, West Ohio, East Ohio

The 2004 summer ambassadors and their itineration schedules are:
· Kevyn Amos--Red Bird Missionary, Alabama-West Florida
· Goumah Bass--Florida
· Llewon Felder--Student Forum, Oakland, Louisiana
· Frank Miller--New York. Missouri
· Audrey Morehead -- Student Forum, North Texas, Illinois Great Rivers, Harambee
· Kenneth Neat-New England, Eastern Pennsylvania
· Erica Newman-Mississippi, Southwest Texas, North Alabama
· Kamari Odai--Kansas East, Central Pennsylvania
· Janet Campbell Rogers-- Tennessee
· Dorrett Rozier--Peninsula-Delaware
· Jeffrey Thomas--Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest
· Rubert Thomas--Arkansas
· Roberta White--Baltimore-Washington

For more information, visit http://www.gbhem.org/bcf on the Web or contact the Black College Fund, Division of Higher Education and Ministry, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007; phone: (615) 340-7378.

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