Year End Banquet dates for 2013:
Tuesday, April 30th, 5:30-7:00: 6th-7th grade mentor/mentee banquet at Urbana Civic Center
Wednesday, May 1st, 5:30-7:30: Elementary Pizza Party at Urbana Civic Center
Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00-8:00: 8th-12th grade mentor/mentee banquet at Hilton Garden Inn
In May of each year the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation sponsors a banquet for C-U One-to-One mentor/mentee pairs in Champaign/Urbana Schools. The goals of this event are two-fold:
* To encourage mentors to commit to another year of mentoring their students, and
* To encourage students to stay in school, graduate and pursue continuing education.
The highlight of the Middle School/High School banquet each year is the presentation of scholarships to our graduating Seniors. More than 30 Urbana and Champaign Seniors will receive this scholarship in May, 2013. Ninety-seven scholarships have been awarded to C-U One-to-One mentees since the first scholarship was given in 1999 to Denise Graves.
More than 250 people attended the 2012 elementary mentor/mentee pizza party on April 26th at the Urbana Civic Center. UHS graduate Derick Johnson spoke to attendees about his plans to become an EMT and then a firefighter.
More than 500 people attended the 2012 middle school-high school banquet on May 1st at the Hilton Garden Inn. Vontay Marshall, 2011 graduate, told students in attendance, I'm no different than any one of you! Vontay graduated in 2005 from SIU Edwardsville and has gone on to get a Masters degree from the U of I in Human Resource management.
The banquet, pizza party and scholarships are all funded by generous donations to the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation.