Updated: Jul 29, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Raven Robinson
New York, New York - (6/12/17)- On Saturday, June 10th Seeds of Fortune Inc. hosted their 4th Annual “Seed To Bloom Gala” at the elegant Terrace on the Park banquet hall in Queens. This year’s gala was hosted by Vonecia Carswell, 2016 Miss Black USA and the program included a dedication to the late Brooklyn District Attorney, Ken Thompson.
Since it’s inception, Seeds of Fortune Inc. has worked to empower young women of color by assisting them as they apply for scholarships. Once the students secure their scholarships the organization works to train them on how to be financially empowered throughout college and within their personal life. This year, the organization is celebrating over $6 million in scholarships offered to the 2017 graduating class.
Every year the annual ceremony works to celebrate and induct the organization’s new High School Scholars as they enter into the Seeds of Fortune Inc. program. The event also serves as a celebration of their graduating high school seniors’ collegiate scholarship awards as they matriculate into the University Scholars program. During the event Seeds of Fortune Inc. recognized extraordinary women in the community who inspire the next generation of women in finance, entrepreneurship, and community activism via their Her Wall Street Award, Women of the Year Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This year’s Her Wall Street Award recipient was Jacqueline Hayot - COO Iron Harbor Capital. Upon receiving her award Mrs. Hayot was interviewed by Stacy Jones, Data Editor at Fortune Magazine. The Women of The Year Award recipient was Joy St. John - Wellesley College Dean of Admission and The Entrepreneur Award was given to Karen Tappin, CEO of Karen's Body Beautiful.
“Every year I am completely overwhelmed with joy, when I reflect on the amount of scholarships and support my organization has provided to young women of color throughout the 5 boroughs. I am very thankful to my team and sponsors such as Bloomberg Media and Citizens Committee For New York City for seeing my vision and working in partnership to ensure we continue on with our mission. The college process can be intimidating, especially the financial aspect, but I am proud to help our scholars get through the process year after year. Although this gala is huge celebration there is still so much work that needs to be done. We look forward to expanding the program to service more young women of color.” Nitiya Walker Founder & Executive Director
When asked, “What does it mean to be a Seeds of Fortune Scholar?”, one of the scholars responded “Being a Seeds of Fortune Scholar means being a women of color who is capable of taking on any challenge, despite the circumstances that may come her way.”
The event concluded with City Council Member Vanessa Gibson presenting a citation to Seeds of Fortune Founder, Nitiya Walker and her executive board for their continuous efforts to provide opportunity for young women of color.
About Seeds of Fortune
Seeds of Fortune Inc. is a scholarship program creating the next generation of financially empowered young women of color by helping them apply for college scholarships, as well as teaching career and financial management skills.