The University of South Carolina's Black Alumni Council
Presents the Third Annual Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet
“Honoring Yesterday, Celebrating Today and Building Tomorrow”
Saturday, April 27, 2013
1125 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, SC 29201
Leah B. Moody, Alumna, '96, J.D.
University of South Carolina Board of Trustees member
Submit your award nominations today!
Order your tickets for the banquet online now for $50 apiece.
You may also order in person at My Carolina or from a member of the BAC.
Dinner is included in the ticket price. A cash bar will be available.
If your purchase is made online prior to April 5, the tickets will be mailed to the address provided. Any tickets purchased after April 5 will be available for pickup at the welcome table the evening of the banquet.
No tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the event.
Sponsorships and Gifts
Through the generous support of our banquet sponsors, the BAC and University of South Carolina are able to provide scholarships to deserving students. Sponsor this scholarship online on behalf of your business.
If you would like to personally donate a monetary gift starting at $25, you may do so during registration.
Donors that purchase banquet tickets and attend the event will receive special recognition.
Make your gift by April 5 to receive recognition at the banquet.
Purpose of Scholarship Banquet
The Black Alumni Council (BAC) hosts the Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet in an effort to raise funds for the Greener Endowment. The foundation awarded its initial scholarship in 1988 to honor the University of South Carolina’s first Black professor. As of the 2010-2011 school year, $137,000 has been awarded to 27 scholarship recipients.
In addition, the Banquet will honor selected Alumni for outstanding achievement in the following areas:
- Community Service
- Business or Businessperson
About Richard T. Greener
Born on January 30, 1844 in Philadelphia, Richard Theodore Greener became the first black graduate from Harvard University in 1870, and the first Black teacher at the University of South Carolina in late 1873. During his tenure with the university, Greener became Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, where he served as librarian, taught Philosophy, and assisted in the Departments of Latin and Greek, Mathematics, and Constitutional History. In 1875, Greener became the first African American to be elected a member of the American Philological Association, the principal learned society for classical studies in North America. Greener studied at the University of South Carolina's Law School and received a LL.B. degree in 1876, graduating with honors. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 1877 and the bar of the District of Columbia the next year. In 1882, he received a LL.D. conferred by Monrovia College, Liberia, Africa, and in 1907 was honored with another LL.D. conferred by Howard University.
After providing years of foreign service and administration, Greener settled in Chicago with relatives in 1905. He held a job as an insurance agent and practiced law. He occasionally lectured on his experiences for the remainder of his life. Greener died of old age in Chicago on May 2 1922.
We would like to thank the following sponsor for its support: