total of twenty-eight teams brought their “A” game to Reddeman Farms Golf course in Chelsea, MI for the 19th Annual George C. Turner Scholarship golf outing. The event, named after the Michigan Chapter’s founder, was created to raise both awareness and financial support for the next generation of minority leadership.
“In spite of the weather and all of the other obstacles we faced, people turned out to support and raise funds for our future scholars, and I’m very appreciative of that”, said Darrell White, current president of the AABE Michigan Chapter.
The funds raised will serve to provide scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and college students, pursuing careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. This year alone, the organization awarded $22,000 in scholarships to Michigan students across state.
The educational benefits extend to AABE members as well. LaTrelle Eldridge, Chairman for this year’s event, said organizing the golf outing helped him gain valuable experience in event planning and strengthened his leadership skills.
“The committee members and Chairperson I worked with last year taught me a lot, and they are a large part of our success this year as well”, Eldridge added.
The Annual George C. Turner Scholarship golf outing is just one of the many ways the AABE Michigan Chapter upholds its commitment to encourage African Americans and other minorities, to pursue careers in energy-related fields. In 2012, the event will celebrate its 20th year, and members hope to have Mr. Turner participate in that milestone event.
By Shaltreece Reddick