YBM Awards over 10K in Scholarships!

YBM Leadership Alliance awards thousands in scholarships

 CHARLOTTE — The second annual YBM Scholars Day was an afternoon of celebration, praise and awards. Several high-achieving, black, male high school seniors had the chance to reap some well-deserved rewards and share some great news with people who have mentored, supported and trained them over the years.


Young Black Men Scholar Day @ Dresslar's 6-1-14

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The event, held June 1 at Dressler’s Restaurant, is modeled after National Signing Day, when high school athletes announce the colleges they have agreed to attend. YBM Scholars Day is when Charlotte high school scholars announce the colleges they will attend in the fall. Twenty-two young leaders from YBM Leadership Alliance were on hand to share their great news. The list is quite impressive. Institutions include Duke, NC State, Morehouse, Winston-Salem State and Virginia Tech. A complete list can be found below. As each young man shared the name of the college or university he will attend in the fall, along with his selected major and scholarships he has received, he proudly wore a hat representing his school selection!


After a great meal, the program that followed was nonstop inspiration and adulation. YBM College Ambassador Branden Cook, a rising sophomore and Presidential Scholar for Theatre at Wake Forest University, served as program host. Branden shared some good news of his own. The theater major will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the cast of the production Black Stars of the Great White Way Broadway Reunion Concert on June 23. He will join some legends and award-winning African-American actors on the stage.


Frank Barnes, CMS Chief Accountability Officer, brought greetings on behalf of the school system. CMS has been a great partner with YBM in identifying the scholars who are part of the Top 100 project. Additional Alliance partners and others who came to show support and provide valuable one-on-one time with the young, black men were: NC Senator Joel Ford; Eric Watson, Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council; Tae-Sun Kim, Ph.D – Davidson College; and Calvin Love, AT&T.


Johnny Taylor, President and CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Foundation was the keynote speaker. He praised the young men for their significant accomplishments so far. “They are great,” he acknowledged, but cautioned them to realize “it will take hard work to make it on the next level.”

YBM College Ambassador Marshall Craft, a member of the 2012 Top 100 cohort, shared his experiences at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He emphasized the value of YBM support when it got tough during his first year. He said he was glad “to have a support system that I knew had my best interest at heart and wanted to help me succeed.”


Jaylon Alexander, who was given a $150 cash award for having the highest GPA (5.0) of all the young men in attendance, spoke about his experience serving as an Ambassador for YBM and being in the 2014 Top 100 cohort. He said he appreciates the opportunity to meet business and community leaders. He also mentioned how YBM help him develop a plan to attend college. He will attend NC State on a full scholarship.


The highlight of the event was the presentation of YBM scholarships and awards. YBM presented more than $10,000 in scholarships. The 18 YBM Ambassadors each received a new business suit to send them out ready to face the world looking their best.


The YBM Scholarships awarded Sunday afternoon will provide financial assistance to well-deserving, hardworking young scholars. Recipients were chosen by members of the YBM leadership team.  The funds to provide the scholarships were raised through the Golf Tournament and from private, non-profit and corporate contributions. “YBM Leadership Alliance is grateful to everyone who helped make this day possible,” said YBM Founder and CEO John Martin. “These young men have worked so hard. It is an honor to give them a hand up as they embark on their higher education journeys.”


YBM Academic Scholarships

1st Place – Michael Dorsinvil – $1500

2nd Place – Brandon Brooks – $1000

3rd Place – Rakhym Gallant  – $ 750


Highest GPA

Jaylon Alexander – $150


Character Counts Scholarship

Rakhym Gallant – $2000


YBM Leadership Alliance Scholarship

Rodrick Carter           – $1000

Carl “Trea” Johnson – $1000


YBM Scholar of the Year 

Randy Stitt – $1,500


Founders Award – Young men who exhibit exemplary leadership, sincere social commitment, academic excellence and generous community service

Isaac Pinkney – $1000

Wesley Miles   – $1000

All Scholars Day High School Seniors


Name   College Attending in the Fall Anticipated Major
Jaylon Alexander NC State Electrical Engineering
TaVaris L. Anderson Western Carolina University Pre-Physical Therapy
Brandon Brooks Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Architecture
Bryce Cracknell Duke University Environmental Science
Demetrius (Ameer) Desilva NC State Engineering
Michael Dorsainvil Wingate University Criminal Justice
Ytulo Evans NC A&T University Mechanical Engineering
Rakhym Gallant UNC Greensboro Business
Joshua Igbinazaka UNCC Undeclared
Trea Johnson NC State University Industrial Engineering
Joshua Jones Winston Salem State University Sports Management
Kyle Long Virginia Tech Computer Science
Jaheem Mann North Carolina State University Aerospace Engineering
Joshua Mcilwain Central Piedmont CC Transferring to USC Mechanical Engineering
Wesley Miles UNC Wilmington Film Production
Isaac Pinkney Morehouse College Computer Science
Montague Sanders UNC Charlotte Civil Engineering
Emiere Scaife Georgia State University Business Management
Lawrence B. Snipes Wake Forest University Neuroscience
Randy Stitt East Carolina University Broadcast Communications
Kenneth Webb, Jr Western Carolina University Athletic Training / Physical Therapy
Justin Williams Western Carolina University Computer Science



For more information about YBM Leadership Alliance, go to ybmleadership.com.

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I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of it. The presenters and panelists were outstanding.

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