2024 Featherstone Awards Ceremony

The Featherstone Awards Ceremony is an annual event that showcases Baltimore’s most promising youth and promotes academic equity in higher education. We invite you to join us for our annual Featherstone Awards Ceremony on Friday, August 9, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at The University of Baltimore. During the Awards ceremony, twenty seven exceptional students will receive Featherstone College Scholarships to attend Coppin State University, Louisiana State University, Morgan State University,and The University of Baltimore. 

WJZ-13 CBS News Baltimore Reporter Janay Reece will emcee the awards ceremony. 

The Featherstone Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit, announces Dr. Frances Murphy Draper, CEO and publisher, The AFRO-American Newspapers, as this year’s Featherstone Changemaker Award recipient. This prestigious prize recognizes an influential leader who drives social change and makes a positive impact in the community. The event lineup includes (left to right): 

    • Pablo Adrián Arrocha Olabuenaga, head of community affairs, Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico


    • Travis E. Mitchell, senior vice president and chief content officer, Maryland Public Television


    • Kurt L. Schmoke, president, The University of Baltimore


    • Kerry R. Watson, Jr., executive vice president, public affairs, Baltimore Orioles

During these unprecedented times, we hope you will join us in playing a critical role in creating economic advancement opportunities for underrepresented communities. We invite you to become a sponsor. 

Since 2017, the Featherstone Foundation has provided over $326,000 through 128 scholarships to students from 25 countries who now attend 12 institutions.  Funds raised will provide general support aligned with our effort to create equal access to opportunities. We invite you to review our sponsorship options and benefits and our special tribute video. 

Learn more:

2023 Award winners
2022 Award Winners
2021 Award Winners