Ron Isley, Grammy Award Winner, producer, and lead singer of The Isley Brothers has announced the launch of the Ron Isley Initiative for students at historically Black Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. Isley will partner with the R. Whittington Foundation and Ira DeWitt of Notifi Music Group to offer scholarships for incoming students to the university.
Isley stated: “I’m excited about being a part of such an amazing and powerful movement. My goal is to have a major impact helping the community through the blessings of my own success stories. Being an inspiration as well as a tool to helping educate our youth is a wonderful feeling.”
Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Harris-Stowe State University, said that the university “is honored and sincerely grateful to Ron Isley for his dedication to the St. Louis community and his willingness send students to and through college, and we are proud to carry his legacy by transforming the Ron Isley Scholars into professionals and community leaders.”
The Isley Initiative will launch on Saturday, May 20, 2017 with a Black Tie Gala/Concert with Ron Isley and Friends at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis.