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The Representative Floyd Breeland Endowed Scholarship

This important fund will provide future scholarships for minority male students in the teacher education program at the College of Charleston.  The “Changing the Face of Teaching” initiative addresses the critical need for more qualified teachers from diverse backgrounds in South Carolina.  Your contribution will help tackle this shortage and provide important funding and support for these future teachers ultimately helping to close the achievement gap in our state.  Scholarship recipients will receive an education that equips them with the teaching skills necessary to lead a classroom of diverse learners and become positive role models for their students.

Trends show the number of minority students rising while the number of minority teachers stays the same or declines in our state.  We’re committed to building the ranks of minority teachers by financially supporting promising future professionals. 

We look forward to honoring Representative Floyd Breeland, a long-standing, respected community, state and educational leader, and the Program Director for the College of Charleston’s Call Me MISTER program, with this endowed scholarship.  On October 12, 2014, Congressman Clyburn joined us at our Diversity Celebration to announce the Representative Floyd Breeland Endowed Scholarship!  Please join us in recognizing Representative Breeland while also addressing the critical need for more minority male educators within the state of South Carolina. 

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About Representative Floyd Breeland

State Representative Floyd Breeland is a native of Badham, South Carolina.  He graduated from Williams Memorial High School in St. George. After graduating from high school, he matriculated at Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1955. In 1965, he attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where he received the Masters of Science Degree in Secondary School Administration.

He worked in the field of education as a teacher, principal, and an administrator in the public school system for thirty-three (33) years and has resided in Charleston, South Carolina for the past fifty-four (54) years. During these years, Breeland has been active in many civic organizations and especially his church – “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

On November 3, 1992, the Honorable Floyd Breeland was elected to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives, District #111, Charleston, South Carolina. As a legislator, he sponsored several pieces of major legislation and served on multiple committees.   He served his district honorably for sixteen (16) years prior to announcing his retirement from the South Carolina General Assembly in 2008.

Former Representative Breeland’s services were in demand shortly after retiring from the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was contacted by Frances C. Welch, Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance to be the director of the Call Me MISTER program at the College of Charleston. Honorable Breeland accepted without hesitation, because of his awareness of the importance of MISTERs program throughout the state of South Carolina. The Call Me MISTER program is a highly acclaimed program designed to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers, particularly among South Carolina’s lowest performing elementary/middle schools.

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