Growing up in the upper middle class, Arian Reed says she never really knew what it felt to “not have” or to struggle. Following graduation
in 2003, she ended up homeless and living out of her car. Reed began to turn to Rattlers for support until her big break. Now Reed,
entrepreneur, publicist and publisher of Fearless Magazine, served as a guest speaker during the Florida A&M University Young Alumni Giving (YAG) Luncheon on Oct. 7 at The Governors Club.
“It was a test of Faith,” said Reed. “This institution is so special it is so important to pass this on to the next generation.”
Glenn Davis III, 12, says he is very appreciative for the Florida A&M University young alumni who are laying the foundation for students
like him by investing back into the university.
“I charge you to continue your support,” said the self proclaimed future Rattler. “I am so glad I am from FAMU.”
Rattlers old and new joined together at the YAG Luncheon to raise money for scholarships for FAMU students. The room was filled with more than 50 young professionals sharing stories of past memories and current successes and their appreciation for a common love – FAMU.
Some of these guests included President James H. Ammons and members of his leadership team, Rep Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, Jet Magazine Editor-In-Chief Mitzi Miller; City Commissioner Andrew Gillum and Former Miss FAMU 2002-2003 Hope Hampshire-Jones.
Ammons said it’s amazing to see young alumni working to ensure the future of FAMU.
“Rattlers from all over are using what they have learned on the hill to make a difference.” Ammons added he is planning
to launch a $50 million fundraising campaign this upcoming year.
“Thirty million dollars is going to scholarships for student, $10 million is going towards faculty development and the last $10 million
will go towards operating the University and help build partnerships with businesses and alumni.”
Along with Reed, other speakers were Marvin Green, director of Student Activities; Tiffany Green, Brighthouse Sports Network anchor/reporter; and Derric Heck, founder of I. Design. They gave impactful speeches encouraging the audience to contribute
towards the betterment for up-and-coming students.
“The challenge is to leave the door open and leave the ladder down,” said Heck “FAMU’s place is in the gap between ‘I can’t’ and ‘you must be.'”
This year three students were awarded scholarships: One going towards summer classes for an undergrad, the second going towards a graduate student pursuing his or her master’s degree and the third was a book stipend, which presented by Student Governor Association.
Tiffany Green, a graduate of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, said three things FAMU has taught her were the art of networking, the commitment to giving back, and the importance of dedicating yourself to something greater than you.
“We bleed orange and green,” said Tiffany Green. “I am a product of hard work, FAMU is the connecter and it all start on the hill.”