The 100 Scholarship Program was started in 1995. The four 1995 scholarship recipients received four year renewable scholarships. In subsequent years, the scholarship began to award four non-renewable one thousand dollar scholarships. In August 2008, the Organization made a commitment to the Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA) to award each member of the top fifty percent (50%) of the inaugural graduating class a one thousand dollar scholarship. At the time of this commitment, there were thirty-four students in VECA.
The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. works with corporate sponsors to deliver educational support services and unique learning opportunities that assist youth in achieving their educational goals. The 100’s education initiatives inspire confidence, create cultural awareness and foster academic leadership.
100 Scholarship Program
The 100 provides annual scholarship awards to deserving matriculating students who will be full-time students at accredited, post-secondary institutions based on 100 Black Men of America, Inc. eligibility criteria. Scholarship dollars assist youth in completing educational goals by providing resources to offset expenses associated with tuition, books and housing. The scholarship program allows the 100 to identify potential youth leaders in our local communities and motivates them to achieve academic and community service excellence.
Partnerships with corporations, foundations and individuals ensure continued sponsorship of our scholarship efforts. Local chapters are extremely important in promoting the ongoing needs of the national scholarship goals in local communities by showcasing the academic excellence and intellect among our youth and cultivating relationships with businesses.
The Wimberly Initiative identifies solutions to address the longstanding problem of disproportionality in special education, which continues to have a devastating impact on African American students. In 1999, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., partnered with the Policy Makers Partnership Project of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education to identify key strategies to address this epidemic. The Wimberly Initiative is not a program but a fluid “process” for insuring that no child is left behind or inappropriately placed in a special education program. It is a process that generates, through local planning, clear "student outcomes" that provide teachers, parents, mentors (the 100), and principals a map which reflects:
What teachers are expected to teach
What students are expected to achieve
The roles parents are expected to assume
Students who are identified as behaviorally challenged by the partnering school are adopted by the collaborating local 100 Black Men chapter and integrated into the existing mentoring program.
African American History Challenge
The African American History Academic Challenge is an educational program designed to enhance the study of African American history. The goal of the program is to encourage pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African American legacy and culture. The African American History Academic Challenge is a competition for scholarship dollars among youth within the 100 Black Men Mentoring program.
The chief authority for the Challenge is the sixth revised edition of Lerone Bennett, Jr.’s BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER. Lerone Bennett has written at least eight other books that center upon the African American experience and African American history. The Morehouse graduate currently serves as Executive Editor of Ebony magazine. The secondary authority for the program is Dr. Benjamin Quarles, author of "The Negro in the Making of American Life". Dr. Benjamin Quarles chronicles the sweep of events that have brought blacks and their struggle for social and economic equality to the forefront of American life. Through compelling portraits of central political, historical, and artistic figures such as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Duke Ellington, Malcolm X, and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Quarles illuminates the African American contributions that have enriched the cultural heritage of America.
Annually a competition is held entitled: 100 Black Men African American History Academic Challenge Bowl. This one-of-a kind academic challenge consists of two divisions of competition. The Junior Division which includes teams of students who have not yet entered the 9th grade. The Senior Division includes teams of students who have entered the 9th grade but whose graduation from high school shall not be earlier than January of the year of the applicable competition. Each chapter is allowed one team per division. The ultimate goal of every chapter president (senior division), is that the chapter entry will bring home “The 100 Cup” in one of the divisions. Awards include savings bonds and scholarships. 100 Black Men of Valdosta has won this National competition on three occasions and placed in the top three several times under the leadership of Tina Hodge.
New York Chapter - The Eagle Academy for Young Men
The Eagle Academy schools provide a comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education for young men that results in Eagle graduates attending and succeeding in college. The Eagle Academy has the highest (95%) NY Region's math and science exam passing rate in the Bronx public schools. The first Eagle Academy public high school opened in the fall of 2004 in the Bronx. At that time the Eagle Academy was the first all male public high school to open in New York City in 30 years. The second Eagle Academy opened in September 2008 in Brooklyn serving young men in grades 6 - 12. The mission is a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among young men in urban centers, particularly African-American males. The Eagle Academy Foundation tailored curriculum is based on the developmental stages and learning styles of young men as well as the unique challenges facing urban youth. The schools operate on The Eagle Academy Foundation's motto: We Believe. The belief being that Eagle students will shatter negative stereotypes and defy low expectations. Visit the Eagle Academy Foundation site to learn more about their Bronx and Brooklyn schools Eagle Academy Foundation.com.
Las Vegas Chapter - Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence
The Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence school serves 500 students from kindergarten through seventh grade. It was established by Imagine Schools, a nonprofit group based in Arlington, Va., that manages dozens of charter schools nationwide. The school has a partnership with 100 Black Men of Las Vegas. Members volunteer on a regular basis, mentoring pupils and demonstrating the school's theme of strong character development, which is emphasized in every class.
Atlanta Chapter - The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., in partnership with the Atlanta Public School System, established The Business Engineering Science and Technology Academy or B.E.ST. In the fall of 2009, the academy housed 6th, 7th and 8th graders and will expand annually to eventually include 6th through 12th grade students who are in the constant pursuit of excellence. The interaction by 100 members brings a consistent presence of positive African American male role models, which has helped to deliver added results. Learn more about B.E.S.T. at The B.E.S.T. Academy Website.
Mobile Chapter - Phoenix Program
An alternative program designed to provide educational opportunities for students who are-at-risk of dropping out of school or under long term suspension from the regular school program. Under this program, students are encouraged to stay in school and modify their behavior so they can achieve academic success. The program is a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education, the Mobile County Public School System and the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, Inc.