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O’Dowd Students Honored at the 2017 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Scholarship Gala

For the second consecutive year, Evan Smith ’20 received the 100 Black Men Bay Area High School Scholar Award in the amount of $1,500. Evan was the first recipient of this award, which was created in 2016 by 100 Black Men Bay Area member Keith Robertson.

Robertson presented Evan the 2017 award at the organization’s gala held on July 23 at Oakland’s Sequoyah Country Club.

Prior to creating the High School Scholar Award, the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area chapter only gave scholarships to college students. Past O’Dowd parent and a member of the group, Robertson advocated for the support of young men of color in high school.

Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average, participate in the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area mentorship program, and participate in community service.


The chapter awarded over $50,000 in 2017, and has given roughly $1.75 million in scholarship money since being established in 1988. Get more information…


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