The Columbia (SC) Chapter of The Links, Inc. hosted a reception honoring their 2019-2020 Links Scholars program recipients and 2018 Brunch Sponsors. The reception took place on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Ernest F. Hollings Library. Set in the “Justice For All” Exhibit, the event is focused on celebrating and uplifting the vast history of South Carolina’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. The reception included an exhibit overview by Dr. Bobby Donaldson, University of South Carolina professor of history and the Director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research.
Jill Davis, Co-Chair of the Columbia (SC) Chapter Links Scholars Committee, said that she was especially pleased that the Columbia (SC) Chapter was able to award additional scholarships this year because of the continued success of the Chapter’s biennial Christmas brunch and the generosity of community businesses. She also stated that the community partnerships with Cigna, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia SC Metropolitan Convention Center, AFLAC, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Dominion Energy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of SC, Mickle & Bass, Vista Smiles, AT&T, Health Force, LLC, Gist Law Firm, First Citizens, Davis & Dingle Family Dentistry, AOS Construction, Carolina Children Dentistry, PA, Providence Hospital, Pioneer College Caterers, Inc., Carolina Concessions, AARP, D.C. Johnson Enterprises, LLC, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Benedict College and Brownstone Construction allowed the Chapter to award $30,000 in scholarships to deserving South Carolina students.
“The Chapter is extremely grateful to our sponsors for their continued dedication to our organization,” Davis continued. “With their support we are able to continue our mission of serving the community. This reception is a small token of our appreciation and an opportunity for them to see how their dollars are changing our community in positive ways.”
The Links Incorporated is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Columbia (SC) Chapter established the Links Scholars program in 1990 to assist African-American students in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties attend South Carolina colleges and universities.