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Elston Wins Compton Mentor Fellowship

BC student Marcus Elston has been awarded a Compton Mentor Fellowship for 2006. Elston wowed judges with his proposal titled "Griot Music Revolution: Shifting the Direction and Message of Popular Music, " which detailed a years worth of work on a project that would "create an alternative concert for young African American people that will expose them to music that is contrary to what they have consistently been fed."

Compton Mentor Fellowship recipient Marcus Elston.

Elston is a Senior from Eastaboga, Alabama and is majoring in Technology Management. After leaving Berea College, Elston intends on founding a non-profit organization, The Brotherhood 101, with his friend Jason DeRamus. Elston's lofty goals don't stop there! He's setting his sights on possibly becoming the first African American President of Berea College.

"The most exciting aspect of winning the fellowship is the prestige that comes along with the award and joining the ranks of past Bereans who had the opportunity to receive this recognition," said Elston. "It makes one think of finally 'making your mother proud' because she was ecstatic when I told her."

The Compton Mentor Fellowship seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these rights. They support responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. The Foundation envisions a world in which humans live in harmony with each other, and in sustainable balance with the earth.

To realize this vision, the Compton Foundation focuses most of its grant making in the areas of Peace & Security, Environment & Sustainability, and Population & Reproductive Health, with a special emphasis on projects that explore the interconnections between these categories.

For more information, check out the website for the Compton Foundation by clicking on the link below.

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