$20K donation will help Edwards Waters produce more Black male teachers

JACKSONVILLE – Edward Waters College (EWC) has received $20,000 in donations toward its Call Me MISTER scholarship program.

Front row from left to right: Kenneth Francis, Call Me MISTER Program manager; Claylo Brown, donor; Attorney Willard Payne; Curtis Powell Call Me MISTER student; and Dr. Nathanial Glover, President of Edward Waters College. Back row: Tony Hill, former Florida state senator; Pastor Gary Webber, Southside Baptist Church; Dr. Robert Gibson, attorney; and Charles Spencer, Edward Waters board member.
Front row from left to right: Kenneth Francis, Call Me MISTER Program manager; Claylo Brown, donor; Attorney Willard Payne; Curtis Powell Call Me MISTER student; and Dr. Nathanial Glover, President of Edward Waters College. Back row: Tony Hill, former Florida state senator; Pastor Gary Webber, Southside Baptist Church; Dr. Robert Gibson, attorney; and Charles Spencer, Edward Waters board member.

Former Florida State Senator Tony Hill presented the check to President Nathanial Glover during an Alumni Presidential Reception during the college’s homecoming festivities last weekend.

The Call Me MISTER program was created to help increase the number of African-American males who teach on the elementary level. According to the Department of Education, African-American men only make up two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent of them teach in elementary schools.

“You won’t be it if you can’t see it,” said Hill. “That is why we are so adamant about ensuring this program is successful because we know it will change lives.”

Open to Black males
The scholarship program is open to African-American males majoring in elementary education and pays for the last two years of coursework. Recipients of the “Call Me MISTER” scholarship must teach in an inner-city elementary school in the Duval County Public School System for at least five years.

Edward Waters College is hoping to have at least 15 to 20 “Call Me MISTER” scholars every spring and Fall semesters. Students interested must be admitted into the institution to qualify for this scholarship.

For more information about the program, contact Ken Francis, the Call Me MISTER manager, at 904-476-9004 or via email at k.francis@ewc.edu.

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