JACKSON, MS – The education arm of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) presented Jackson State University with a $15,000 check during its 5th Annual Session earlier this month to assist students with financial aid.
According to a press release by the university, Dr. Kenneth Hollins, education board chair of MNBSC, presented the gift during the annual event at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. He said, “We are a young convention, but our state president believes we should help students who fall in a gap situation when money runs out during their post-secondary educational studies.”
The donation, which recognizes the partnership between the university and the faith-based community, earns the state convention a JSU “Circle of 1,000” honor in the category of “Seeds of Promise” ($10,000 or more). Also, donors can earn distinction in the categories of “Seeds of Faith” ($1,000) and “Seeds of Hope” ($5,000).
Hollins, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Biloxi, said the MNBSC also has provided thousands of dollars in support to other HBCUs throughout Mississippi. “We have a historical account of how HBCUs have helped our communities. There was a time when (African-Americans) could attend only an HBCU. We are aware that when we sow seeds in good soil it brings forth a good harvest.”
Sandra Hodge, vice president of Institutional Advancement at JSU, extolled the generosity of churches in helping HBCUs.
“This is an example of faith-based organizations remembering and reminding others of our roots,” said Hodge, reflecting that JSU was founded in 1877 as Natchez Seminary.
Meanwhile, Hollins said he and two other brothers received their doctorate degrees from JSU, so he’s especially endeared to the urban institution. As well, he said he is duty-bound to follow the “wonderful leadership of Dr. Kenneth Davis, the president of Mississippi Baptist State Convention, for leading the charge to assist our young people in furthering their education.”
As the state convention continues fulfilling its mission, Graves said he especially wants people to know that “before we can ask anybody to help us as a people we must be willing to help ourselves first.” So, he’s urging HBCUs to “keep doing an excellent job in educating our young men and women because we have stellar individuals graduating from all of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”
ABOUT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
A Historically Black Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive public institution of higher learning located in the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State University educates a diverse student population from Mississippi, most other states and many foreign countries by providing a broad range of baccalaureate programs and a variety of masters and doctoral programs in its six Colleges: Business; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts; Lifelong Learning; Public Service; and Science, Engineering and Technology. The learning process at Jackson State is enhance through experiential learning in urban and rural areas throughout the city, state, nation, and global communities. Jackson State is a learning community for highly capable, as well as capable but under prepared students who require a nurturing academic environment.
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