About The Qaid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Qaid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund is specifically designated to assist qualified students in their educational endeavors by providing educational scholarships to students in need.

The Qaid Staten Memorial Charity Fund was established after a Perry N. Blackman (long time union auditor and coordinator of the annual fundraising golf events) and his family generously made a $10,000 donation in memory of Qa’id Staten to an educational institution of Qa’id’s father, Samuel Staten, Sr.’s choice. Mr. Staten chose to instead use the generous contribution to establish the Qaid Staten Memorial Charity Fund, a charity fund within the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust (formerly the Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund), with the mission of enabling disadvantaged, deserving students to seek higher education and perpetuate Qa’id’s legacy.

Qa’id Staten, the youngest son of Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager Laborers’ Local 332, was murdered just months before he was to attend Howard University. In his memory, The Qaid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund’s mission is to work to help defray the costs of tuition, books and housing of the sons and daughters of the members of the Laborers’ District Council who would not be able to attend these institutions without some form of monetary assistance.

Awards have been given for tuition, trips, books, supplies and housing.

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The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust has raised TWO MILLION DOLLARS
for local charities in the 17 years since its inception in 1999.