Emerging Leaders Awards AND Scholarship Gala

The Emerging Leaders Awards and Scholarship Gala is a scholarship initiative that provides scholarships to high school seniors, develops career pipelines for their future aspirations, and matches students with suitable mentors who share similar interests and backgrounds. 

Far too often, our organization has recognized that our youth’s accomplishments are not properly acknowledged. As a result, for the past 7 years, the Emerging 100 of Atlanta has provided college scholarships to students who have overcome adversity on their journey toward excelling in academics and leading in the community. Since 2014, we have awarded approximately $270,000 in scholarships to 35 students who have attended local high schools within the Atlanta Public School System and colleges within the metro-Atlanta region. 

Each year, this event spotlights and rewards young scholars enrolled in the Atlanta Public Schools system who are in desperate need of funds to subsidize tuition, book and other educational expenses. Traditionally, this event attracts over 400 individuals in Atlanta who generously donate funds in support of our scholarship efforts. With the devoted help of our partners, sponsors, and donors, our organization remains equipped to further support students from the metro-Atlanta area.

From individual donors to corporate sponsors, the resounding support from our community has assisted us in creating valuable educational opportunities for these students through scholarship and service. Upon becoming a part of our scholar recipient family, our organization continues to provide consistent support to aid scholars with their academic, professional and financial needs throughout their collegiate tenure.


Through this gala, we have also recognized Atlanta’s most influential leaders as trailblazers in fields including but not limited to business, entertainment, government, sports, and more.
Over the past several years, trailblazers
have included but are not limited to:

Thomas Dortch, Jr.

National Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Marvin Ellison

President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies

Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps

Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist & Local Humanitarian

DeMarco Morgan

News Anchor, CBS Los Angeles

Phaedra Parks

TV Personality & Managing Partner of The Parks Group, P.C.

Kasim Reed

Former Mayor of Atlanta

Nzinga Shaw

Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies

T. Dallas Smith

President & CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company

C.J. Stewart

Former Chicago Cubs Outfielder & lLocal Nonprofit Founder

Jessie Tuggle

Former Atlanta Falcons Linebacker