Claflin University is inviting the community to support scholarships for deserving students at is annual United Negro College Fund Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.
This year’s keynote speaker will be the Rev. Sam W. Richardson, pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in St. Matthews.
The University holds a campaign every year to raise funds for the UNCF, the nation’s largest and most successful financial assistance organization for minority students in higher education. Over the past 28 years, Claflin has either met or surpassed its UNCF fundraising goal. For every dollar Claflin contributes to the UNCF via the campaign, the University receives a return of nearly 30 percent from the organization.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton said support of local ministers for the breakfast over the years has been outstanding.
“This continued outpouring of personal and financial contributions from the faith community for our UNCF Community Prayer Breakfast has been critical to ensuring students have educational opportunities. After all, these students will become the visionaries that lead our community and nation forward in the generations to come,” said Middleton.
Richardson is native of Greeleyville who has served Mt. Carmel Baptist Church as its pastor for more than 11 years. He is a 1976 graduate of Claflin who has also studied at the Interdenominational Theological Center at the Morehouse School of Religion and Erskine Theological Seminary.
He is currently employed by the state Department of Social Services as a social worker. Richardson is a 33rd Degree Mason and Shriner and deputy grand master of the Most Worshipful Williams Grand Lodge, in addition to being a member of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina and the Calhoun County First Steps Board.
He and his wife, Gail, have two children, Sam, II and Arena.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $15 by calling Ms. Cassandra Odom at (803) 535-5722. Sponsorships are also available for $250 and the package includes a table for 10 guests. The breakfast will be held in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center on campus.