Medgar Evers College

Edison O. Jackson
Richard Anderson Sr.
Liberal Arts
Science, Health and Technology
Professional and Community

For 40 years, Medgar Evers College has fulfilled its mission to serve the educational, cultural, and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. Founded in 1969, Medgar Evers College is CUNY's youngest senior college offering baccalaureate and associate degrees. Named in 1970 for the slain civil rights activist, the College has continued its focus on developing and maintaining high-quality, professional, career-oriented programs resulting in both associate and bachelor undergraduate degrees. Students with diverse educational, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and national backgrounds are offered outstanding degree options, including business, liberal arts, education, marketing, nursing, biological sciences, public administration, computer science, mathematical sciences, environmental science, computer applications, as well as several certificate and continuing education programs.

Philanthropic Support FY00-FY09 — $7,200,154
Projected Target through FY2015 — $15,000,000

Philanthropic support to Medgar Evers College totaled over $7.2 million from 2000 to 2008. Gifts, grants, and pledges continue to assist the college in its support of its students, faculty, and programs.

Gift Highlights

  • The Omnicon Group contributed $1 million to promote minority participation in the advertising industry. The gift will support an Endowed Chair of Marketing, Communications, and Advertising.
  • Medgar Evers Professor Dr. Nagakartte and his wife established a $100,000 endowed scholarship for the support of mathematics students.
  • Former administrator and professor Dr. Margaret Baker Green donated $100,000 for an endowed scholarship fund.
  • William Pinkett donated $100,000 for an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his deceased wife, Councilwoman Mary Pinkett.

Look Who's Investing in Medgar Evers College

Alice Bryant

In April of 2008 Ms. Alice Bryant, a retired educator, watched an interview of Dr. Edison O. Jackson on Tony Brown’s Journal that inspired her to establish a charitable remainder trust fund in memory and honor of her late daughter. The trust, currently estimated at $723,000, is the largest gift the college has received by an individual. As President Jackson discussed the continuing challenges black men must confront in order to achieve academically, Ms. Bryant decided that she wanted to support “the man and his mission of educating our black boys.”

Living by the motto “upward mobility,” Ms. Bryant hopes to inspire other women, people of color, and senior citizens like herself to create charitable remainder trust funds that will support successful minority education programs.

Mark Cornell, President & CEO
of Moet Hennessy USA, as he accepts a 2008 Legacy Award from Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President of Medgar Evers College

Moët Hennessy USA

“Dr. Jackson has served thousands. He has doubled the enrollment at the school, expanded the campus by developing bold plans, executed them brilliantly and, importantly, he has inspired a community!”

- Mark Cornell

Moët Hennessy USA President Mark Cornell announced during the Eighth Annual Gala Legacy Awards that his company will fund five fully funded scholarships to the college to help develop future leaders.

The Moët Hennessy USA “High Achievers” scholarships will be awarded to five qualifying high school students entering Medgar Evers College as freshmen in fall 2009 to pursue Bachelor’s degrees. The criteria for the scholarship include entering with and maintaining a grade-point average of 2.75 or higher and declaring a major in Business, Marketing, or Communications.