When it comes to philanthropy, the international, non profit, African American women’s service organization, The LINKS, Inc., is at the top of the list. According to its website, the group’s members contribute more than a million hours of community service every year and have provided nearly 4 million dollars in scholarships with nearly 700 thousand of those dollars awarded to HBCUs. Nearly 300 chapters are involved in engaging educational, civic, inter-cultural activities, and spiritual and character development in the chapter communities.
Just as the world was approaching the December 1st date of the philanthropic movement, #GivingTuesday, the Wilberforce (Ohio) chapter of LINKS, Inc., awarded Wilberforce University a scholarship.
” This scholarship offer is to help a sophomore, junior or senior continue their education. It is specifically for a female student, because we are a women’s organization.” Atreva Vaughan – president, Wilberforce chapter, LINKS, Inc.
Vaughan and LINKS chapter member Cheryl Marcus presented the $1,000 check to President Pinkard who expressed his gratitude.
“We are exceedingly grateful to the ladies of the Wilberforce chapter of The LINKS, Inc. Without these kinds of partnerships, the university could not expect to continue to do the work that it does in providing a teaching and learning opportunity for our students. Particularly during this time of thanks and giving, we are very grateful for this generosity and the goodwill expressed by The LINKS towards Wilberforce.” -Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, president, Wilberforce University