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1101 Euclid Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64127


Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr. - President

Att. Wesley Fields, Esq. - Board Chairman

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Saturday, January 18, 9:00 AM


College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106


For scholarship recipients and their families

Call 913-522-7526

2020 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Mark Bedell

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark T. Bedell, Ed.D. is a talented, caring teacher and administrator and one of the top urban public-school leaders in the United States. As the child of a working-class family in upstate New York, he overcame significant challenges and was inspired to take his education seriously by teachers and other caring adults who pushed him to achieve his dreams. Dr. Bedell was a multi-talented youth who leveraged his basketball skills and grades into an opportunity to study at Fisk University, where he excelled in the honors program and became one of the nation's leading scorers in NCAA Division III. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1997. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University in 2000.

SCLC-GKC and Black Achievers Society will

recognize High School Graduates and Collegiate Scholars with scholarship awards. 

To learn more about how to qualify for 2021 scholarships click here.  

SCLC-GKC Scholarship Committee

Mollie Ponds, SCLC-GKC Mountain Movers

Queen Wilkes

Paula Schaaf

Debora Scott

Atty. Taylor Fields, Esq.—SCLC-GKC Treasurer

Dr. Vernon P. Howard, Jr.—SCLC-GKC President

Black Achievers Scholarship Committee

Dr. Marisa Gray, Chair

Ray Christopher, Co-Chair

C. Michael Cozart

Evelyn Davidson

Dr. Shawn Derritt

Veronica Ford

Norma McKelvy

Andre’ Redd


Keynote Speaker is The Honorable Judge Lajuana M. Counts

The Honorable Judge Lajuana M. Counts

U. S. Magistrate Judge

Western District of Missouri 

The Honorable Lajuana M. Counts, U. S. Magistrate Judge of the Western District of Missouri is the 2019 Keynote Speaker for SCLC-GKC's Scholarship Prayer Breakfast.


Judge Lajuana Counts served as an Assistant United States Attorney, serving as the Chief of the Appellate Unit at the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri. She has vast trial experience in a variety of white collar and narcotics cases and has written and/or argued over 400 cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Counts received her Juris Doctorate in 1988 from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.

Ms. Counts is actively involved in the Missouri Bar Association and has held various leadership positions in local bar associations. She serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Disciplinary Hearing Panel, and Missouri Bar Gender and Justice Committee.

Ms. Counts supports her community by serving on Boards that assist underprivileged and foster/adopted children, and domestic violence victims, and help girls and women develop leadership skills.

Highlights from 2018 Scholarship Prayer Breakfast

2018 Keynoted Speaker: 

The Honorable Judge Lisa White Hardwick

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

of Greater Kansas City

1101 Euclid Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64127

Ph: 816.547.0719


Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr.


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