Educational Empowerment for this Generation and the Next
Let's Elevate's Ralph Bland Education Funds were first established by Marcea and Ed Lloyd in memory of Mr. Ralph Bland to assist individuals who have demonstrated an ability to motivate and empower others through service within their school or community. Mr. Bland was a World War II veteran and successful entrepreneur, owning and operating several small businesses. He instilled his love of learning and entrepreneurial spirit in all who knew him. Although higher education eluded him, he sent his daughters to the colleges of their choices without any debt and has made attending college possible for many others.
The Johnnye Harvey Taylor Book Award was established in memory of Mrs. Johnnye Harvey Taylor by Karen and David Jefferson to assist gifted individuals who aspire to further their education and better their community. Mrs. Taylor dedicated her life to education and to serving her community.
Many others have donated to The Ralph Bland Education Funds and The Johnnye Harvey Taylor Book Scholarship Fund since inception, making it possible for students to continue their education beyond high school.