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Scholarship Banquet

Scholarship Banquet

2013 - Ben Carson

Ben Carson Carson urges Americans to become serious about education, politics

America may be experiencing changes in its power structure, but Dr. Benjamin S. Carson said he believes God is not ready to let Americans relinquish leadership as a powerful and influential nation.

“If America ever ceases to be good, she ceases to be great,” Carson said Oct. 22 at Union University’s 16th annual Scholarship Banquet. “It is our responsibility as God-fearing Americans to once again make America good.”

Carson retired in June as a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for more than 25 years. He was the keynote speaker for the annual banquet at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, a sold-out event that raised more than $500,000 for student scholarships. READ MORE

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2012 - Robert M. Gates

Robert Gates Gates: Continued U.S. influence abroad depends upon U.S. character at home

Despite a sobering analysis of affairs in such places as China and the Middle East, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he remains “fundamentally optimistic” about the future of the United States. “Even though the United States faces enormous obstacles, most of them are self-inflicted, and we also have the power and the means to overcome them, just as America has done in the past,” Gates said Oct. 4 at Union University’s 15th annual Scholarship Banquet. “It will take real leadership, political will, shared sacrifice and a willingness to compromise.” Gates, who served as defense secretary for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was the keynote speaker for the annual event at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, which raised about $500,000 for student scholarships. READ MORE

2011 - Tony Blair

Tony Blair speaks at the 14th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 4. Blair urges renewed commitment to values that built Western culture

In an age when Western civilization is facing acute challenges, Tony Blair said westerners must continue to hold strongly to their beliefs in freedom, democracy, the rule of law and equality.

“These values are what make our nations great,” Blair said Oct. 3 at Union University’s 14th annual Scholarship Banquet. “It sustains them now and will sustain them in the future. They are the things that make our way of life worth standing up for and worth believing in.”

Blair, who served as Great Britain’s prime minister from 1997-2007, was the keynote speaker for the annual event, which drew about 2,000 people to the Carl Perkins Civic Center and raised about $500,000 for student scholarships. READ MORE

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