Donna Brazile to Keynote SC State University’s First Lady Scholarship Luncheon

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Donna BrazileSC State University’s 2010 First Lady Scholarship Luncheon will feature a weekend of activities, beginning on Friday, March 26, 2010.

This year’s two-day scholarship luncheon, which is designed to increase scholarship support for SC State University students, carries the theme: “Empowering Women and Building Self-Worth.”

Activities will begin with a Meet and Greet on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Buckridge Plantation in Neeses, S.C. The First Lady Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 27 at noon at The Cinema in Orangeburg, S.C.

SC State University’s First Lady, Diane Cooper, is excited about this year’s scholarship luncheon, noting its success in previous years and the establishment of a weekend of activities.

“This year’s First Lady Scholarship Luncheon is unique in that it spans over a two-day weekend. It allows us to raise additional scholarship dollars for our students at SC State University,” stated Cooper. “Many parents have an immense desire to send their children to college, but may not have the financial means to do so. We strive to make their dream a reality through the scholarship luncheon.” Cooper added, “We are excited about hosting this year’s event at a larger arena and encourage University and community supporters to assist us in raising money for our students.”

Author, professor and Democratic Political Strategist, Donna Brazile, will serve as keynote speaker of the scholarship luncheon. Brazile has worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates to include Jimmy Carter-Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, Geraldine Ferraro and Richard Gephardt.

In the 1990s, Brazile served as chief of staff and press secretary to Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where she helped guide the District’s budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. She advised Bill Clinton’s campaign for presidency in 1992 and for re-election in 1996.

In 1999, Brazile was appointed deputy campaign manager and was later promoted to campaign manager of the 2000 presidential campaign of Vice-President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

Brazile has also served as a lecturer at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and is currently an adjunct professor of Women and Gender Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the advisory board of the Washington & Lee Mock Convention.

In Sept 2009, Brazile was the lead speaker for the “CommUNITY Series”, an initiative designed to increase cultural diversity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN’s “The Situation Room” and “American Morning” and in CNN’s Election Coverage. In addition, she is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine and was a former columnist for Roll Call, a political based newspaper in Washington, D.C. Brazile is also founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates and a contributor to NPR’s “Political Corner” and ABC News. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published “Cook with Grease,” Brazile’s memoir of her life and work in politics.

The ticket prices for the Meet and Greet are $25 and $50 for the First Lady Scholarship Luncheon. The weekend package is $70.

For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Felder-Wilson at (803) 533-3960, or via email at

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