The First Lady of South Carolina State University, Dr. Monedia Elzey, wants to empower students with funding from the upcoming scholarship luncheon.
“There will be a lot of surprises at the luncheon,” Elzey said. “We are looking forward to a terrific time.”
The First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon will raise money for deserving students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend college. The event is one of several surrounding the inauguration of her husband, Thomas J. Elzey, as president of S.C. State.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley-Braun, the first African-American women elected to the United States Senate, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural luncheon to be held at noon Friday in the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.
“Our theme for the inauguration activities is ‘Recognizing Legacy and Leadership’ and Ambassador Moseley-Braun has a great deal of experience and we felt she was the appropriate choice to help address both of those issues,” Dr. Elzey said.
Musicians scheduled to perform at the luncheon are the Roland Hayes Trio and gospel recording artist and South Carolina State University alumna Kristen JoyAnn Jamison.
Jamison, an Orangeburg resident, recently won the national contest, “Your Dream Is Out There Live Sing-Off,” sponsored by American Family Insurance, a company based in Madison, Wis.
She went on to share the stage with national Grammy Award-winning recording artists such as Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Tasha Cobbs, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin during the 15th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Pre-Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I am overjoyed to be a part of such a fantastic fundraising effort,” Jamison said. “South Carolina State University helped groom me and helped me to become the woman that I am.”