ST. LOUIS (July 30, 2014) – As students prepare to head back to school, 30 collegians from across the country will participate in the third-annual Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown leadership symposium in St. Louis and accept $150,000 in scholarships. Legends of the Crown, an Anheuser-Busch program in partnership with UNCF, is an investment in the development of the next generation of leaders. This unique program provides exceptional student leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) $5,000 scholarships and workshops on career planning and leadership development.
The scholarship program and symposium were inspired by the “Great Kings and Queens of Africa” art collection commissioned by Anheuser-Busch in 1975. Created by 23 unique artists, each piece depicts an African leader and underscores the message of leadership on which the Legends of the Crown educational program was built.
“Legends of the Crown is an extension of Anheuser-Busch’s 35-year partnership with UNCF and our commitment to supporting and investing in diverse communities,” said Julio Suárez, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch. “The Great Kings and Queens of Africa art collection celebrates the richness of African history and the timeless lessons of leadership each king and queen exemplified.”
During the event, which takes place Thursday, July 31 through Saturday, August 2, the 30 Legends of the Crown scholars will visit area landmarks and work closely with Anheuser-Busch and UNCF executives as well as St. Louis community leaders. On Thursday, students will contribute to a special chalk art installation at Anheuser-Busch that will bring to life select images from the original Great Kings and Queens of Africa art collection.
Gian Paul Gonzalez, a motivational speaker best known for his inspirational work with professional athletes, will open Friday’s session with a keynote address. Gonzalez will share insight on the commitment students need to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.
In addition to Gonzalez’ presentation, students will participate in resume workshops and mock interviews with Anheuser-Busch leaders to help them prepare to enter the job market. Additional executives and community leaders will be on-hand to facilitate high-energy panel discussions on leadership development. New this year, previous scholarship recipients and symposium attendees have been invited back to share words of wisdom and guidance with the 2014 class.
Saturday’s activities will shift to community service with students taking part in sessions with UNCF Vice President of Development Paulette Jackson, Teach for America-St. Louis Executive Director Brittany Packnett and other established community leaders.
The Legends of the Crown symposium will culminate with students gathering at Kingdom House on Saturday to help beautify a place where thousands of people achieve self-sufficiency and gain economic independence each year.
“The Legends of the Crown scholarship program and leadership symposium have positively impacted the lives of young African-American students for the past three years,” said Jackson. “But we've partnered with Anheuser-Busch for decades to help provide students with funds to attain a college education. We count Legends of the Crown as an important part of our work to help make the educational dreams of African-American students come true.”
Legends of the Crown scholarships were awarded to eligible student leaders entering their junior year of study at four-year, accredited HBCUs in the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients were required to have a 3.2 GPA or higher, strong leadership skills, and must be pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, math, business or marketing. For more information about the scholarship program, visit uncf.org.