2019 Pinnacle Awards and Scholarship Gala
at Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00PM Cocktail Reception and Auction
7:00PM Dinner
Black Tie (Optional)

The Pinnacle Awards and Scholarship Gala is Medgar Evers College’s annual fundraiser, which exemplifies our commitment to supporting our students at every stage of their educational journey.

The Pinnacle Awards and Scholarship Gala showcases the tremendous value a Medgar Evers College education provides and the importance of raising funds for promising students. With faculty, staff, and students who hail from all five boroughs of New York City and around the world, Medgar Evers College is an environment rich in diversity that prepares students to become active citizens and changemakers poised to create a more equitable global society.

This year, we are focused on these distinct areas:

• The Transition Academy was established to assist Medgar Evers College students in need. Our program guides students through New York City’s complex systems to find adequate housing, eliminate food and clothing insecurities, and foster a sense of well-being and peace of mind.

• The Study Abroad program provides our students with intentional educational experiences on a global scale. With academic programs in China, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond, our students participate in first-hand cultural exchanges while advancing their studies. Once they return home, these students bring an international perspective back to our campus and inspire their fellow classmates to pursue their own experiences abroad.

• The Brooklyn Pipeline creates a pathway to college for students in New York City’s public elementary, middle, and high schools. Enrichment programs, career and leadership forums, and college readiness courses in math and science prepare young learners long before the college admissions process officially begins.

• Subsidized internships are essential real-world experiences in today’s highly competitive job market. Too often, our students must forgo unpaid internships in favor of paid employment to supplement their finances. By subsidizing internships, we give our students opportunities to explore career options and gain skills in a professional context that will continue to serve them well after graduation.

• Scholarships are a fundamental way in which we support our students. Institutional scholarships as well as grants and corporate partnerships allow our students to focus on creating bright futures as we work to lessen their financial burden.

This year, we are pleased to our honor the following Pinnacle Awards recipients:

Founders Award
Medgar Evers College Community Council
Incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the Community Council for Medgar Evers College was established to maintain community awareness of and continued support for the College. Its members comprise representatives from the extended community including residents, organizations, faculty, students, and local elected officials. Today, the Council participates in the selection of the College’s President, serves as an advisory body to the President and the College, and raises funds for scholarships and grants that directly benefit students. Since 1980, the Community Council has raised over $250,000 in scholarships for Medgar Evers College students.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Terence Hamilton Biggs II
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Terence Hamilton Biggs II is an executive coach, author, entrepreneur, and marketing and financial executive who has been an active member of the business community for over 32 years. In November 2008, he founded Marketplace Dynamics, a Princeton, New Jersey based marketing and technology agency where he currently serves as CEO. Biggs earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Accounting from Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He graduated cum laude and was commended for his dedicated service to the community and his business acumen.


Corporate Honoree
Patrick Pilch
Salvatore Renzo
BDO is an international leader in public accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory. With members in 162 countries, BDO employs 80,000 partners and staff, with over 1,500 offices worldwide. Through funding and internships, BDO continues to sustain Medgar Evers College, becoming a valued partner in ensuring that our students are positioned for success. We are pleased to present the award to Salvatore Renzo and Patrick Pilch on behalf of BDO.

To RSVP and purchase tickets to the Pinnacle Awards and Scholarship Gala, click HERE.
RSVP deadline extended to October 31, 2019.

If you cannot attend, but still wish to support us, please make a donation HERE.

For more information, please contact Sonia Wilson at soniaw@mec.cuny.edu or 718-270-6968 or Amber Magruder at amagruder@mec.cuny.edu or 718-804-8229.

The IRS designates Medgar Evers College Foundation, Inc. as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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