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University of the Cumberlands Student Receives Scholarship through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation


Chris Felder, University of the Cumberlands senior, is the recipient of a 2009 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Educational Scholarship.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - Chris Felder, a University of the Cumberlands senior from Detroit, Mich., recently received a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Educational Scholarship given through the CBC Foundation. Felder has received the $1000 scholarship each year that he has attended Cumberlands.

The scholarships are awarded to students who are planning to become or currently are full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited college or university; have earned a minimum 2.5 overall GPA; exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities; and reside or attend school in a congressional district represented by a CBC member.

Felder is a resident of Michigan’s 14th District, represented by John Conyers, Jr. A resident assistant in Kleist Men’s Residence Hall, he is pursuing a degree in business administration with a minor in Spanish. He is the 2009-10 president of the business club on campus and an officer in the Student Government Association (SGA). Hoping to recruit business administration majors, Felder has addressed freshmen in macroeconomics and microeconomics classes on campus. He attends Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg.

As a result of winning the scholarship, Felder had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, to attend the Emerging Leaders Series (ELS) forum during the 2009 Annual Legislative Conference of the CBC.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to network with future business leaders, because I hope to become a business leader one day,” said Felder.

Felder has served as an intern at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland, Ohio, and would like to begin his business career in the insurance field.

The CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship Fund, established in 1988, is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 41 major fields of study; 30 minors; nine pre-professional programs; graduate degrees, including a doctorate and certifications in education; and online programs.