CBL State Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Supports the African American Male Scholars Initiative at Greenville Technical College.

CBL State Savings Bank Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the African American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMSI) at Greenville Technical College. This donation will go a long way in supporting the AAMSI’s mission to empower African-American male students in achieving their educational and career goals. This initiative provides academic support, mentoring, and leadership development to help students succeed in college and beyond.

“The AAMSI program has yielded impressive results in terms of student retention (68% for AAMSI participants) and persistence (83%). To-date, this success for students participating in the AAMSI program surpasses the performance of any other measured group at GTC.” Said Michael Burgess, AAMSI Director.

AAMSI offers intensive advising, events, textbook stipends, cultural engagement activities, mentoring and tutoring, emergency financial assistance, and connections to college and community resources. A recent report showed that AAMSI scholars benefit from a sense of community, academic support, exposure to successful African-American men, and access to educational and community resources. Since 2019, 62 program participants have graduated from Greenville Technical College, and the retention rate for AAMSI scholars exceeds that of white males and non-AAMSI males. The majority of AAMSI scholars are first-generation college students.

“CBL is dedicated to community and what better way to pour into the community than through education. It is our privilege to partner with GTC on this impactful initiative” said Jennifer Jones, CBL State Savings Bank President/CEO.

About Greenville Tech Foundation

Founded in 1973, the Foundation began as a response to a need of providing a quality college education at an affordable cost to reduce financial strain for those seeking higher education. It provides financial support to both the college and its students beyond state and local funding sources. These funds are accessed through charitable contributions from businesses, industries, foundations, organizations, and individuals in our community. Greenville Tech Foundation believes in the power of community and equity to give everyone the opportunity to pursue their dreams in higher education at an affordable price. Learn more at greenvilletechfoundation.org.

About CBL State Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

CBL State Savings Bank has been serving the mortgage lending and savings needs of Greer and the surrounding communities since 1907. Located at 229 Trade Street in Greer and in Landrum at 1401 East Rutherford Street. CBL specializes in originating and servicing mortgage loans for personal and commercial needs as well as a variety of competitive certificates of deposits, IRA’s, and other products.  CBL is dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work and are so proud to call home. CBL supports and is involved in all kinds of local events in and around Greenville and Spartanburg County. For more information, visit cblbanklocal.com.