Gamecock alumnus creates scholarship to help as others helped him

Korey Banks, ’00 sport and entertainment management, ’04 MBA

Two-time alumnus Korey Banks is paying it forward to sports and entertainment management students with the Korey Banks Endowed Scholarship Fund.

This scholarship will help underrepresented student populations and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

Banks grew up in Hollis, Queens, New York, in a low-income neighborhood.

“My family grew up on welfare. I can remember standing in lines trying to get food stamps and powdered milk because we didn’t have food in the refrigerator,” Banks says. “So it means a lot to me to be able to, in a small, small way, give something back to someone who may walk the same path that I walked years ago.”

Banks urges people to become helpers.

“I would challenge anyone to help someone else in any way, shape, form, or fashion that they can,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be an endowment or a scholarship. If you see someone asking for food and you just got a happy meal, give them your french fries. If you just left the supermarket, give them some of your bushel of bananas. Help out in any way you can, until you can help out in the matter that you may want to. There’s always someone out there who needs support. If you have the opportunity to offer it to them, please do.”

Read the full story, written by Allen Wallace, on the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management website.

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