Fort Valley State University Announces Stevie Baggs Jr. as Keynote Speaker for 37th Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Dortch Lecture Series

by Leona Guthrie

Posted on Feb 06, 2024

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) will host its 37th Annual Scholarship Luncheon with philanthropist and entrepreneur Stevie Baggs Jr., serving as the keynote speaker on Monday, February 19, 2024, at noon in the Health and Physical Education Complex on FVSU’s campus.

Under the theme "Igniting the Light: A Legacy of Giving," this year’s luncheon aims to raise $500,000 in support of student scholarships, furthering FVSU’s commitment to academic excellence and student empowerment.
Baggs Jr., former National Football League and Canadian Football League player, actor, author, and inspirational speaker, will address the crowd of faculty, staff, alumni, scholars, and supporters. After the luncheon, he will also be featured as the guest speaker for the second annual Thomas W. Dortch Jr. Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series at 6 p.m. in C.W. Pettigrew Auditorium.

For details about the Scholarship Luncheon, including ticket purchases or donations, visit FVSU Scholarship Luncheon or call (478) 825-6414.  

Over the years, this fundraiser, along with proceeds from the University’s endowment fund, has contributed nearly $2 million in scholarships to deserving students, symbolizing FVSU’s enduring commitment to fostering educational opportunities and empowering future leaders.

Formerly known as the FVSU Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon, this event is held annually on President’s Day and is the largest single-day fundraiser providing scholarships for students.




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