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For Immediate Release
January 7, 2015

Scholarship Winners Announced for the MLK Breakfast


Micki Poole Clowney, co-chair of Moreno Valley College's Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast, announced the winners for the MLK Scholarships. Each of the five winners, one student from Moreno Valley College and two students each from Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school districts, will receive a $500 scholarship at the January 16 MLK Breakfast.

The event, which begins at 7:30 am, is open to the community, with free parking. Tickets for the breakfast are still available through MVC's Admissions & Records office at (951) 571-6358. The cost is $25.

The winner of the speech competition is Kiaria Johnson. Meanwhile, high school students Kaitlin Bowles and Andrea McKenna from Vista del Lago High School along with T'jah'Mari DuCloux of Rancho Verde High School and Maria Cuevas from Citrus Hill High School were selected as winners of the essay competition.

Dr. Leonard N. Moore, a senior associate vice president from the University of Texas, Austin, is the featured speaker. Moore has studied modern African American history, black urban history, and the intersection of race, sport and hip-hop. Moore spends a great deal of time helping high-profile athletic programs across the country implement strategic diversity initiatives that assist student-athletes excel both in the classroom and on the field.

Ironic, considering he finished high school with a 1.6 GPA and a 15 on the ACT.

Moore transformed his life after an intense encounter with a professor who encouraged him to take school seriously. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in history from Jackson State University, a master's degree from Cleveland State University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1998 at the age 26.

He was a professor and academic administrator at Louisiana State University for 10 years before going to UT. Today, he manages approximately 35 programs, initiatives, and centers at the University, and teaches classes. He also directs two global programs: Social Entrepreneurship in Beijing and Urban Economic Development in Cape Town. Both programs take college students who are either first-generation and/or low-income of African American or Latino descent abroad each year. His work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, 60 Minutes and ESPN.