Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet Set for April 27
The Black Alumni Council of My Carolina Alumni Association will host the annual Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Seawell’s located at 1125 Rosewood Drive in Columbia. Leah B. Moody, '96, a member of the university's Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker.
At the event, the council will honor three alumni for outstanding achievement in the community, business and athletics at the Third Annual Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet. Teresa Wilson, Dr. Leon Finklin, and Langston Moore will be honored at the yearly banquet which raises funds for the Greener Endowment.
Teresa Wilson is being honored with the Black Alumni Council’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Leadership. Wilson, a Columbia native, is an honors college graduate from Carolina, earning her degree in English in 1996 and her law degree from the school in 1999. She was chosen to serve as Columbia’s City Manager in January 2013 after building a remarkable record of accomplishment since joining the city in 2007.
Wilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League and the Columbia Chapter of Jack & Jill of America. She has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Columbia’s 2008 “Top 20 Under 40” Business Professionals by The State newspaper, one of Columbia Business Monthly’s “50 Most Influential People in 2011,” and one of Southeast Small Business Magazine’s “Top Women of Influence.”
Dr. Leon Finklin will be presented the BAC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Business. Dr. Finklin earned his B.S. in pharmacy from Carolina in 1972. He has owned Finklin Pharmacy in Columbia since 2006 and has been on the owners advisory committee for the Medicine Shoppe Franchise for the Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina region. He has been a leader in his field having served as the president of the Palmetto State Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, a member of the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy, a pharmacy consultant for Benedict College’s Student Health Center and the Eau Claire Community Development Council.
Langston Moore is the recipient of the BAC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Athletics. Moore is a former two-sport student-athlete at the university. He lettered in both football and track and filed while at South Carolina and was named captain and team Most Valuable Player during the 2002 football season. He is a Former NFL player of six years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, and the Detroit Lions. He is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management NFL “NEXT” program. Moore currently consults with various companies and public institutions as well as being an avid real-estate investor. He also serves as the sideline reporter for the University of South Carolina football broadcasts on the radio and is a member of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management alumni society board.
The banquet is held every year in an effort to raise funds for the Greener Endowment. This year’s banquet will also honor selected alumni for outstanding achievement in athletics, community service, and business. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be purchased online at www.MyCarolina.org/bacscholarship or by calling (803) 777-4111.
Richard Theodore Greener, the man for whom the scholarship is named, became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University in 1870 and was the first African-American faculty member at the university in 1873. The foundation awarded its initial scholarship in 1988. More than $137,000 has been awarded to more than two dozen scholarship recipients since its inception.
Scholarships are presented to deserving high-school seniors who will be attending the university and have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, financial need, and community involvement. By awarding the annual Greener Scholarship, the BAC is working to attract bright students to the University of South Carolina.