Starbucks & A Story About A Scholarship Program Making A Difference

Back in December, I was in Starbucks catching up with my friend Bill Keyes who started and now runs the Institute for Responsible Citizenship (www.i4rc.org). Bill’s daughter was invited to join The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) several years ago at Spelman College and I got a call from Bill.

At that point we had never met but he had an idea for an organization he wanted to start for African-American young men.  We met for the first time at Starbucks at 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue and I loved the idea. It was the beginning of a great friendship and mutual admiration society.

He has been very committed to the success of the Institute and it has been fun to watch it grow and evolve over the years.

We continue to meet pretty regularly and share ideas and support each other in our quest to grow our organizations that are making a difference.

We typically meet at a Starbucks.

On this one particular cold and dreary day in December, we were on the way out when he  when he got a shout-out from across the store.  It was Mike Mallory, the Executive Director of  The Ron Brown Scholars program, and he was there chatting with a writer from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

I have heard great things over the years about the Ron Brown Scholars and Bill was very complimentary of their success.

Today I received a copy of the Ron Brown Scholars story from The Chronicle of Higher Education. It reminded me, first of all, that great conversations happen at Starbucks  and secondly it was a good reminder of how something very positive can emerge from a tragic situation.  I feel certain that Ron Brown would be proud of this program and each and every one of these scholars who are so genuinely committed to the Foundation and to giving back.

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