(Memphis) Leymoyne-Owen College kicked off a big campaign to ensure current students have the money they need to achieve their academic goals.
The emergency scholarship fund was launched Thursday.
John Harris is a sophomore at the school and knows all too well how hard it can be to pay for school.
“It’s people here right now that need money for next semester as a matter of fact,” Harris said.
The alumni association believes it will take a “Buck-A-Day” to help those students in need.
“Our students, like students all over the country, are in need of scholarship,” Jeffery Higgs, president of the alumni association, said.
Active alumni are calling on their former classmates, including names like former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.
“This college must not only survive it should thrive,” Herenton said.
City Councilman Myron Lowery, who also earned a degree from the college, also spoke.
“It’s out responsibility to pass it on,” Lowery said.
They are looking to help pass on the legacy of what it takes to become the next generation of movers and shakers.
The Barkays helped more than 15 students stay in school with their scholarship fund.
Students told WREG this new program would mean the world to them.
“What it would mean for us is just that somebody cares,” Daniel Haywood, president of the student chapter of the NAACP, said.
Janice Hill-Williams, alumna from the class of 1968, said she will do her part.
“Somebody helped me and I feel dedicated to the fact that I’m willing to help these students,” Hill-Williams said.
Alumni are calling for others to help because these Lemoyne-Owen Magicians know all too well that sometimes getting through a semester is like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
The program will go through the end of the year.
If every alumnus signs on to the program, the school will raise more than $1,500,000.