The Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation has good news for people involved in it who are pursuing higher education. The program, created to uplift and empower Black gay males, has sent its first student to Morehouse College.
The nonprofit organization seeks to create strategies to assist with the elimination of educational and systematic barriers for Black gay/queer men as they pursue valuable life skills.
“Black, Gifted & Whole is a call-to-action for not only Black gay men, but for all people to love themselves in spite of,” founding president Guy Anthony said. “[It’s meant] to celebrate themselves in spite of and to recognize that each of us, on any given day, could very well become a martyr in America just for being Black.”
Anthony founded the organization in 2015 as a way to combat the racial and social inequities that exist for Black, gay/queer men.
The program awarded more than $4,000 in scholarships to Washington D.C. native Jauan T. Durbin. He is the first-ever HBCU scholarship recipient of the program and is studying Political Science at Morehouse College.
“I am blessed and honored to be the first scholarship recipient and mentee of the Black, Gifted & Whole organization,” Durbin said in a statement sent to EBONY.com. “Because of their guidance and support both monetarily and emotionally, I am blossoming into the Black queer man that I was destined to be at the institution that I was destined to help change.”
The organization’s current initiative seeks to inspire social change. The Black, Gifted & Whole HBCU Scholarship Ambassador Program will provide selected students financial support and mentoring throughout their college career.
The foundation will award up to five students across the country that has been accepted to an HBCU. The scholarship will offset the cost of tuition, money for books and a yearly food stipend.
For more information on the Scholarship Ambassador Program, visit www.blackgiftedwhole.org.