AABE golf tourney raises funds for scholarships

AABE golf tourney raises funds for scholarships


The Gulf Coast chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy recently hosted the 2017 Scholarship Golf Classic at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, attracting nearly 100 golfers from Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The annual event raises funds for scholarships to be awarded to minority students along the Gulf Coast who plan to pursue a career in energy.

“We’ve been doing this tournament for the past 13 years, so we are very thankful to have our sponsors and the golfers support our efforts each year,” said Frank Magee, chair of the event. “It is important to us that we are able to help our minority students achieve their dreams of attending college and we’re so proud to be a part of that.”

Christen Bolten of Oak Grove High School and Jerrick Dubose of Moss Point High School, two of this year’s scholarship recipients, were in attendance and personally thanked the golfers, sponsors and members of AABE for their support.

AABE Gulf Coast awarded six $1,500 scholarships this year to students along the Gulf Coast. Since the event’s inception, the chapter has awarded more than $100,000 to minority students.

Gulf Coast chapter president Kenneth Means said that education is a major focus of AABE’s community efforts.

“Our chapter participates in several programs and initiatives to create awareness of energy industry careers in our communities,” he said. “Education initiatives through AABE help us make certain that we are part of building a future workforce of energy industry professionals.”

This year’s top sponsors for the tournament included Mississippi Power, Gulf Power, Alabama Power, Chevron and Wells Fargo.

The Gulf Coast Chapter of AABE is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals in the electric, gas, oil and water industries based in the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi and northwest Florida. The group’s mission is to ensure the input of minorities in the discussions and development of energy policies, regulations, research and development technologies and environmental issues.

For more information about the Gulf Coast Chapter of AABE, visit the group’s website here.

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