By Special Report

— The First Baptist Church of Guilford (FBCOG) hosts its 4th annual scholarship benefit concert on Sunday, February 20 at 4 PM EST. This will be a hybrid event held in-person and live-streamed for audiences to enjoy. This year, the Morgan State University Choir returns as the featured guest.

In years past, the Howard Gospel Choir (Howard University) and the NSU Chamber Choir (Norfolk State University) have participated in this event funding for student education.

To date, the Student Empowerment Ministry (SEM) of FBCOG has received over $25,000 in donations from this annual event. “SEM’s goal this year is to raise $20K for the FBCOG Scholarship Fund. “We are excited that the number of applicants continues to increase each year. Be blessed, while being a blessing by investing in the bright futures of our upcoming and returning college students,” says Chair of SEM, Loray Harmon.

To be eligible for an FBCOG Scholarship, a student should be a member of FBCOG and continuously active in at least one church ministry or local campus ministry. A graduating high school senior, a high school graduate attending college in the Fall, or an undergraduate college student currently enrolled in a College, University, or Vo-Tech School training program. And must be 22 or under with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

This year’s theme is the Wealth of Wisdom, focusing on Proverbs 3:13 – 14. In conjunction with the MSU Choir selections, this event will highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), acknowledging these institutions’ critical role in providing education to African Americans, and testimonials by past and present scholarship recipients. “We put a high priority on helping students to achieve a quality education,” says Pastor Tyrone P. Jones, IV of FBCOG.

All donations received during the concert will support college-bound students applying for FBCOG scholarships during the 2022 – 2023 school year. The event is free and is open to the public.

To give to The Student Empowerment Ministry, visit FBCOG’s giving portal here.
To watch, visit the FBCOG YouTube channel on Sunday, February 20 at 4 PM EST.
To attend in person, RSVP here and read the COVID-19 protocols.

About the Student Empowerment Ministry
The Student Empowerment Ministry provides financial assistance to students of the First Baptist Church of Guilford to help them achieve their academic goals and develop the skills they need for their future. For more information, contact

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