Dear BAC Members and Supporters,
The Columbia College experience can be exciting, intellectually stimulating, and socially engaging—but for those who face financial challenges in meeting the demands of tuition, it can also be daunting.
As you may know, the Black Alumni Council supports Columbia College students with critical financial aid dollars. Every year, we award partial scholarships of $10,000 to as many students as possible, based on what we raise. For many students, the BAC scholarship is what enables them to engage in one of the world’s best undergraduate educations—to engage in the challenges, growth, and opportunity that a Columbia education provides, and to reach and exceed their potential in the world around us.
I hope that you will join this wonderful initiative with your gift to the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund.
Right now, we are in the midst of an unprecedented fundraising initiative: the Columbia Scholars Matching Challenge. If BAC can raise $150,000 toward the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund in five years—that’s just $30,000 per year—we will qualify for a 1:1 match from the estate of John Kluge, ’37CC. The $150,000 in matching funds will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in the BAC’s name. The revenue from that fund, along with the dollars we raise each year, would provide financial aid in perpetuity to an even greater number of students eligible for the BAC’s support.
We are enjoying tremendous support from alumni and friends like you—and we are now just $35,000 away from our goal. We can’t stop now.
Please join us in reaching this tremendous milestone and the priceless benefit it can bring, and renew your support to the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund today. Every gift, of every size, makes a difference when we work together.
Contributing to the future of a student today can have an impact well beyond easing the financial constraints of a top-flight education. While our Scholarship Fund is a critical focus, BAC also offers mentoring to students, organizes professional networking, and creates events—such as the black graduation ceremony we supported this year, to a tremendously positive response. I know how important such support can be, firsthand—I benefited from mentoring programs growing up, and as an undergraduate, members of the Black Alumni Council mentored me through the Alumni of Color Outreach Program. The advice and encouragement that I received from my BAC mentor was an integral part of my time at Columbia. These experiences had a profound effect on me and inspired me to give back; I now mentor high school students through my job at Citigroup and mentor Columbia undergraduates through the Columbia Mentoring Initiative.
I am proud to be part of the long legacy of Columbians and successful black alumni who are staying involved with the community. I’m also proud to give to the BAC Scholarship Fund. With an endowed scholarship, our legacy will continue for generations to come.
I hope you will continue to support the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund, and join me and countless other alumni of the University in giving deserving young men and women the opportunity to join the Columbia community. Together, our gifts can make a world of difference.
Christopher L. Jones, ‘07CC
President, Black Alumni Council
P.S. All gifts to the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund are 100% tax deductible, and are eligible for John Jay recognition for Columbia College. Please use the enclosed envelope to send a check or follow the instructions on the enclosed reply card to make an online gift. Thank you!