May 2019 Volume 15

Spencer’s Financial Becomes First Black Owned Firm To Be A Platinum Sponsor Of Tuskegee Scholarship Programme

Lester Hinds
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Spencer’s Financial, a black-owned financial firm based in Newburgh, New York, has become the first black owned business to be a platinum sponsor of the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship programme.

The announcement was made on Saturday February 2, this year at the 21 st annual tuition assistance award Celebration held at Anthony’s 9 Pier in New Winsor, New York.

Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Noel Spencer, the Jamaican owner of Spencer’s Financial, handed over the firm’s first check for $10,000 to the program at the dinner. Spencer’s Financial has committed to $25,000 over a two year period.

Spencer’s Financial joined such firms as United Airlines as being a platinum sponsor of the programme.

At the dinner, under the theme “Building Bridges: A Path to the Future”, the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated gave out scholarships to 13 students who are headed to college.

Since its inception 21 years ago, the tuition assistance programme has awarded over $210,000 in scholarships to college bound high school seniors from the Hudson Valley area.

The chapter has also created an endowment fund which currently stands at $270,000 to be used in perpetually for future scholarships.

Among the other achievements of the Major General Irene Throwell Harris Chapter is the establishment of a one of a kind Lee Archer Red Tail Youth Flying Programme at Stewart Airport, a mentoring programme for 7-12 grades.

The programme has provided more than 100 hours of flight time to students in the Red Tail Flying Programme toward solo fight; provide hundreds of hours of mentorship to students in the programme; operate a one week summer camp of 6-12th graders; mentored numerous students to industry aviation careers, military careers and private industry professions.

At its awards dinner on February 2, the Tuskegee Airmen Chapter honoured, among others, the Mayor of Newburgh, Mr. Torrance Harvey, The Newburgh Armory and Mr. Everette Smith , vice president Emeritus Purple Heart Hall of Honour.

Speaking at the dinner after handing over his sponsorship check to the chapter, Mr. Noel Spencer challenged dinner guests and supporters to contribute to the programme of the Tuskegee Airmen scholarship assistance programme.

He suggested that one way people could contribute to the programme was through rewards cards.

“Giving is the highest expression of potency for in the very act of giving one experiences strength, wealth are power,” he told the audience.

Mr. Spencer said that he wish to congratulate persons for supporting young people with scholarships.

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