Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men
Scholarship funds, leadership development opportunities and mentoring are the key ingredients in the Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men. Over their junior and senior years these young men gain experiences and support with completing their degrees and preparing to launch post-baccalaureate careers.
Created and coordinated by the Minnesota Private College Fund, the Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men is funded by The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. Students are named in the spring of their sophomore year and participate over their junior and senior years.
The 2017 cohort of 15 students was named in the spring. They come from five participating institutions:
- Carleton College
- Concordia University, St. Paul
- Hamline University
- University of St. Thomas
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
The initial 2015 cohort (see photo, left to right) have now graduated from college:
- David Peterson, an accounting major at Hamline University. A graduate of Eagan High School, he had been a member of the PRIDE Black Student Alliance, Black Men's Circle and the NCORE Team at Hamline University.
- Malick Ceesay, a theater and education major at Augsburg College. He graduated from Brooklyn Center High School and had been involved in the Save the kids organization on campus.
- Zach Nelson, a business/management major at Concordia University, St. Paul. He graduated from Fridley High School and had been involved in coaching and mentoring youth.
The program participants receive significant scholarships over their junior and senior years, along with a set of valuable experiences, including advising, mentoring and leadership development opportunities. They participate in internships, attend a national conference and network with local African-American leaders.
The participants are in regular contact with Dr. Abdul Omari, who coordinates the program. They also connect frequently with a campus coordinator at their institutions as well as the other student program participants. The program is intentionally designed with a flexible framework that can focus on each student’s educational journey and complement the services and support already provided to students by campus professionals.
“Young college students are faced with numerous barriers on a given day,” Omari said. “Success requires a level of personal commitment and hard work coupled with external support. This program requires the first from scholars and assists with the second.”
About Eddie Phillips
The scholarship program honors Eddie Phillips, a successful businessman and philanthropist in the Twin Cities.
“Eddie always believed a good education was an essential ingredient for a good life,” said Archie Givens, President and CEO of Legacy Management and Development Corp. “He and his family greatly valued education and he believed it was important to advocate for young people who might be at a disadvantage such as minority students.”
Dean Phillips, co-chair of The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, is Eddie Phillips’ son. “Our Dad was a passionate believer in the transformative power of higher education and invested much time and treasure to expand opportunity to as many as possible during his lifetime,” he said. “We are thrilled to partner with the Minnesota Private College Fund to perpetuate his legacy by supporting men of color with the creation of the Eddie Phillips Scholarship.”
The program is managed by the Minnesota Private College Fund. For more information contact Carolyn Jones, development director, at email@example.com or 651-228-9061.