Charles Gardner Youth Scholarship
The Charles Gardner Youth Scholarship is a merit based scholarship established in 2020 to assist students from low income households with school supplies during the first year of college. Many good students face challenges that make it difficult to compete for other funding. The scholarship is named in honor of Charles Gardner, a lifelong Greenville resident. He has championed many causes to uplift and provide opportunity for underserved communities and supported youth development. Gardner retired as the City of Greenville Director of Community Development.
His passion for youth led him to find a sponsor and create the CCC Raiders little league youth football team where he coached for many years. During that time, he not only led three generations of youth championship teams, but as a mentor, he helped players develop beneficial life skills. This solidified his legacy of commitment to community and to youth.
Future Leaders Conference
The Future Leaders Conference was founded in 2015 by Glenn Singleton, publisher of Black History USA, an annual Black History Calendar. Mr. Singleton created the conference as an opportunity for youth to be exposed to Community Leaders and Role Models who have made historically significant contributions to their communities. The conference also recognizes a leader each year with the Black History USA Community Award.
African Americans have been making a difference in their communities, businesses, and our society for decades. They are Mayors of major cities, CEO's of Fortune Five Hundred Companies, Entrepreneurs of businesses small and large, and President of the United State of America. Although African Americans have accomplished great things, today's youth still face unique challenges across the board.