Supporting Academic Excellence

The Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated supports higher education in many ways. We are committed to partnering with community education projects that include mentoring, reading, tutoring, after-school programming, SAT preparation, decreasing drop-out rates of high school youth, test-taking skill development and career awareness workshops to ensure the futures of students within our communities.

Along with sponsoring several community service programs to assist youth in achieving their academic goals, we also raise funds for our annual Clara B. Knight Scholarships and have an endowed scholarship at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Clara B. Knight Scholarship Fund

The Clara B. Knight College Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to perpetuate the memory of Clara B. Knight, a charter member of the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Each year the chapter awards funds which enable students to attend the college or university of their choice.

Clara Louise Brown Knight received her early education in the public schools of Miami-Dade County and upon graduation from high school, attended Bethune-Cookman College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She also received a Master of Science Degree with a major in Guidance and Counseling from Barry University.

Clara had a love for teaching and children. Her jolly spirit, coupled with firmness and care, was always in the foreground as she went about her teaching duties at Dunbar Elementary School. Later, when she became a counselor, this gift was even more prominent as she guided her counselees at Charles R. Drew, Poinciana and Holmes Elementary schools.

Florida Memorial University

Florida Memorial University Endowment Fund

On November 23, 1999 the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. established a scholarship endowment at Florida Memorial University (FMU) to benefit African-American students seeking a college degree. A gift of $5,000 was initially presented at the school's Donations Day Program. The funds are to be a perpetual scholarship with interest from the corpus used for the scholarship program. The gift will allow the school's endowed scholarship fund to receive matching funds at a rate of 100%.

This partnership was later expanded to include the Carmen Hamm-Davis Endowed Scholarship at FMU, in memory of Carmen Davis, the 6th President of the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. To date, the chapter has contributed more then $15,000 to the FMU Endowment Fund.

Florida Memorial’s legacy, history and traditions reach back to 1879. The school is a culturally diverse institution, transforming lives and helping to create a future for people from many races, ethnicities, countries, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Members of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni take every opportunity possible to express pride in the institution.

Florida Memorial University is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida and the only Historically Black College in South Florida. It is also the birthplace of Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Negro National Anthem, written in the early 1900's and composed by James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson of Florida Memorial College. The Institution is a private four year co-educational liberal arts college located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

A Letter From Our 2011 Clara B. Knight Link Scholar

To the Dade County Chapter of The Links, Inc.:

I would like to thank you for selecting me as this year’s recipient of the Clara B. Knight Scholarship.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have received this scholarship. I consider it to be truly a blessing from God. You are the reason I am able to fulfill my dreams of attending a prestigious institution of higher education, Duke University.

When the course load gets tough and I feel defeated, especially at times like now (Midterms Week), I am inspired to continue to PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens) because of you.

I remember in the back of my head that there are people back home who invested in me and believe that I have what it takes to become a successful young lady in life. The people I am referring to are you, the Dade County Chapter of the Links Inc.

The next four years of my journey here in North Carolina is a gift of opportunity I am able to embrace because of Links Inc. I consider your scholarship to be a blessing that will not go to waste. Your monetary token is a stepping-stone that is propelling me to the top of the success ladder. I promise that your investment in my future is not in vain.

For me, the opportunity to learn is one that everyone should take advantage of. Right now, I am doing everything I can to take advantage of all Duke University has to offer. Along the way, whenever I am asked how/why I am here, at Duke University, I say it is by the grace of God, my family, hard work and dedication, and those who believed in me, Dade County Chapter of The Links Inc. I cannot thank you enough for selecting me as the Clara B. Knight scholarship recipient. With that being said, GO BLUE DEVILS!

With love and thanks,