The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation recently presented participating North Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a symbolic check for $110,000 during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 NCLBCF Education Scholarship Weekend, according to a press release.

This year’s two-day conference and fundraising event was one of the most successful in the program’s history, with contributions to the 10 participating schools increasing to $110,000 from $100,000 in 2009. Over 1,000 scholarship banquet guests, 500 prayer breakfast and scholarship luncheon guests and over 200 conference attendees gathered at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park, Durham, N.C., for the 2010 event.?

Rep. Alma Adams, chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (NCLBCF), said providing college student’s financial assistance is key because of the faltering economy.

“It is becoming increasing difficult, in today’s economy, for students to realize their dream of a college education,” said Adams. “Many students are forced to postpone or even forego college because they just cannot afford it.  Scholarships are crucial to these students’ success.”