In a press release, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced Darryl A. Stokes, vice president of engineering and standards for BGE, as the 2010 recipient of the Ray of Hope award, which recognizes the academic and professional achievements of Black males.

The award is presented annually on Father’s Day weekend by Black Professional Men (BPM), a nonprofit that addresses economic and social concerns affecting the Black community.

“As a native of Baltimore, I am honored to be recognized by BPM and humbled when I look at the long list of outstanding award recipients that have come before me as well as others being recognized this year,” said Stokes in a statement.  “I am equally grateful for the opportunities that I have had to mentor young men throughout the Baltimore area as a result of my association with various civic and community organizations. I look forward to lending support to BPM. The work of this group is crucial to Baltimore’s future.”

Darryl is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he received a master’s in electric power engineering.