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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Markus McKinney thanks the Black College Fund

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During the afternoon plenary of the 2016 Annual Conference session, Markus McKinney, a rising senior at Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., thanked the Conference for the opportunity the Black College Fund afforded him and affords many others.

    McKinney quoted Nelson Mandela, who said, “Education is the most powerful method that you can use to change the world.” He explained how his experience thus far at Rust College has been one of excellence; because the professors at Rust College have taken him under their wings, he went from a 3.3 GPA in high school, to a 3.8 GPA in college.

    McKinney explained how the Black College Fund granted not only him the opportunity to go to college, but also many others who would not have been able to go otherwise.

    “Many of these students have excellent grades, but do not have the money to afford college,” he said. “This is where the Black College Fund steps in and gives them the opportunity of a college education. The Black College Fund doesn’t just provide scholarships; this fund produces leaders of today and tomorrow.”

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2016


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."