Congresswoman Waters supports Millennium Momentum Foundation
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), a native of Kinloch, was on hand to give opening remarks for the 11th Annual Opening Door Awards on Friday, Dec. 6, hosted by the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.
During the event, the foundation provided $54,000 in scholarships to 18 students representing various multicultural communities throughout Greater Los Angeles and the Southern California region that have demonstrated academic success, leadership potential and financial need.
"We were truly honored to have Congresswoman Maxine Waters attend our 11th Annual Opening Doors Awards," said Jason L. Seward, founder & CEO of Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.
"Not only did her powerful opening remarks set the tone for the historical occasion, but she also took the time to personally honor and congratulate each and every one of our Best & Brightest Scholars on stage with certificates of recognition during the Awards Show. The congresswoman has always demonstrated this personalized level of engagement and involvement in support of our organization and our students since our inception in 2002, and we are eternally grateful."
"I am so proud of the Millennium Momentum Foundation and the outstanding contributions that it has made and continues to make by helping to increase the number of young minorities in public policy and other public service-related fields through education, mentoring, and leadership development training," said Congresswoman Waters.
A national report released by the National Urban Fellows last year, entitled, "Diversity Counts: Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Public Service Leadership," reveals that minorities remain largely underrepresented in public service leadership, including government, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
"It is critical that our voices be heard so that we can come up with solutions that work for our communities," added Congresswoman Waters. "And that is why the work that this foundation is doing to improve diversity in public service is so important. I encourage the Millennium Momentum Foundation to continue to develop our aspiring young leaders that are seeking to enter public service careers."