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Lagrant Foundation Visionary Kim L. Hunter Sets the Example

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In July I will officially rotate off of the Lagrant Foundation board after more than 10 years of service. For those readers who aren't aware of this organization, the Lagrant Foundation is the only scholarship fund devoted solely to providing scholarship opportunities for college-bound students of color who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and/or public relations. Not long ago, the foundation also added graduate students to its list of scholarship recipients and students who have matriculated beyond their sophomore and junior years.

But who is the visionary behind the Lagrant Foundation?

It's not Interpublic, Omnicom, Publicis or even WPP. And it's not the American Advertising Federation, Association of National Advertisers, Arthur Page Society, Public Relations Society or even the Advertising Educational Foundation. It's a man who knows what it's like to be a young student hoping to break into the ranks of the greater advertising and communications world without a friend or mentor.

And that man is Kim L. Hunter, founder, chairman and agent for change.

There are a few other scholarship funds for minority students, but none of them compare to the Lagrant Foundation. The difference between these scholarship funds becomes crystal clear when you meet Kim Hunter. He is the difference and continues to make a difference every day.

Kim is never at a loss for words, and he even uses a motto, "Who says silence is golden?" On numerous occasions, we have bickered over things that seem rather trivial when I think back on them now, but no one can ever say that Kim lacks vision, unbridled passion and an altruistic belief that we must lead by example when so many others have failed us. He created this special scholarship fund a decade ago, and it thrives today because he continues to invest in going that extra mile.

If you aren't a part of this organization, you will be. After 10 years in service, more and more of the Lagrant scholars are graduating from institutions of higher education all over the country. These students are now joining agencies and companies of all sizes, covering every area of our industry, and more are blazing their own distinct trails.

So if you haven't thought of supporting the Lagrant Foundation, now is your chance. Call Kim or any member of his team and offer your help and assistance. They will appreciate your support, and you'll be making a contribution to support the next generation of advertising, marketing and public relations leaders. These students want mentors, internships and opportunities to excel in advertising, marketing and communications, and you can help.

Please join me in congratulating Kim Hunter on 10 years of enabling young people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities to realize their career aspirations and dreams.

For more details on how you can contribute to the Lagrant Foundation or to learn more about how you or someone you know can apply for a scholarship, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org or call Ericka Avila at (323) 469-8680.

Here are a few photographs from events you should know about:

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging Gala, Seattle (June 3, 2008): David T. Lin (l.), executive director of external affairs, AT&T, and Randy Rice, education programs manager, Farmers Insurance

Lagrant Foundation 10th Anniversary Reception, Los Angeles (June 2, 2008): Kim Hunter (far left), founder and chairman, Lagrant Foundation, 2008 Lagrant scholars (middle) and Rolando Nichols (far right), Univision

Lagrant Foundation 10th Anniversary Reception, Los Angeles (June 2, 2009): GolinHarris EVP/Regional Managing Director Judy Johnson (l.) and Union Bank SVP/Director of External Communications Daniel W. Weidman lend their support to Kim Hunter and the Lagrant Foundation scholars.

15th National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Asian Enterprise Magazine, Los Angeles (May 23, 2008): Asian Enterprise Publisher Willy Borromeo (l.) presents award to Coca-Cola Supplier Diversity Analyst and Web Site Manager Ingrid Watkins.
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