Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center is 501(c) (3) and all contributions are tax deductible.
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center General Fund
General funds are unspecified funds that will be used to pay the expenses of an operational nature such as archives and collections, supplies, utilities, telephone and internet, staffing, insurance and equipment.
Judge Essom V. Ricks, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Judge Essom V. Ricks, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship established in honor of the late Judge Ricks, who was the first Wiley H. Bates High School graduate and African-American judge to serve on the bench in Anne Arundel County Maryland. Donations to this fund will be used to provide at least two $1000.00 scholarships to worthy Anne Arundel County students to attend college.
Wiley H. Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Wiley H. Bates Memorial Scholarship was established by Clarence Ross, Sr. and the Wiley H. Bates Class of 1966 to honor Mr. Wiley H. Bates, a wealthy black businessman, educator and politician. Mr. Bates donated $500 toward the purchase of land to build a new black high school that opened in 1933 and was named Wiley H. Bates High School in his honor. Each year the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center sponsors one or more $500 scholarships to be awarded to worthy students of Anne Arundel County and Annapolis.
Lillian G. Chambers-Burgess Endowment Fund
The Lillian G. Chambers-Burgess Endowment Fund was established from a donation to the WHBLC from Ms. Chambers-Burgess’s estate. The fund was established to honor Ms. Chambers-Burgess, an Annapolis and Anne Arundel County resident and to insure that support to the Bates Legacy Center and it’s scholarship in perpetuity through additional donations and bequests.