R&B recording artist Jeffrey Osbourne performs at the 2011 Presidential Scholarship Gala.
Over the past 18 years, the Presidential Scholarship Gala at Claflin University has raised more than $2.3 million to benefit academically gifted students.
“Claflin University would like to thank all of our generous supporters who have made this tremendous milestone possible,” President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale said. “Their kindness and generosity has allowed so many exceptional students the ability to pursue their dreams and make a palpable mark on the world.”
The Gala was among the activities celebrating the 142thanniversary of the University during Homecoming Week, which was commemorated with the theme “Envisioning Greatness.”
The 2011 Gala featured R&B balladeer Jeffrey Osbourne. In addition, five distinguished alumni and a former president were inducted into the Claflin University Hall of Fame.
The Gala began in 1994 with the goal of raising funds for the University's Presidential Scholarship Program. The program benefits high achieving students who demonstrate a commitment to pursue their studies beyond the bachelor's degree level.
Each academic year, a diverse group of students from across the nation are named Presidential Scholars. All Presidential Scholars receive full tuition, room and board and a book stipend.
“We are very proud of the University's longstanding tradition of developing men and women of vision, who demonstrate extraordinary achievement, distinctive confidence and a lifelong desire to transform society through selfless leadership and service. We believe graduates from Claflin University will meet and conquer tomorrow's challenges,” Tisdale said.