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Empowerment & Elegance: How BJC Jewelry Champions Barber-Scotia College's Rising Legacy

Updated: Sep 4, 2023


As a proud alum of Barber-Scotia College, the BJC Jewelry founder created a special collection in honor and support. BJC Jewelry plans to donate 50% of the profits from the sale of any of the pieces in the collection to Barber-Scotia College in support of their Rising initiative to help them reach their goal of $1 million dollars by the end of the year. For our blog posts this month, we wanted to share a little about the college and how we came to partner with them to help them rebuild.

History of the School

Nestled in the heart of Concord, North Carolina, Barber-Scotia College has been a beacon of knowledge and empowerment for over 150 years. This HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) has provided African American students with higher education opportunities since its inception in 1867.


Barber-Scotia has long been committed to providing a comprehensive college experience for its students. This North Carolina based college is dedicated to helping students grow intellectually by offering rigorous academic courses, equipping them with practical skills through hands -on learning experiences, and providing a foundation to create an impact in their communities and the world.


Barber-Scotia College has weathered many storms, yet its commitment to excellence remains unwavering. The college's mission, "For Head, Hand, and Heart," resonates deeply, emphasizing the holistic development of its students.



Present Day

Currently, Barber-Scotia offers three majors: religious studies, business with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and renewable energy. These three degree plans are aligned with the values of the institution and their vision for the future.

Barber-Scotia has been a cornerstone of education since its founding in 1867 for the training of African-American women. The college was established to prepare women to go into the fields of education and social work. Today, the college is reimagining its legacy and transforming itself into a beacon of innovation and entrepreneurship.


The long-standing North Carolina institution aims to regain its reputation as a leader in higher education and is committed to providing educational opportunities to underserved communities. They aim to become the premier destination for those looking to foster their entrepreneurial spirit and gain valuable insight into the business world.

In recent years, Barber-Scotia College has worked diligently to reimagine its legacy and provide cutting-edge academic programs that meet the needs of today's students. The college prides itself on providing a comprehensive educational experience to its students.


What's more, the college is currently in the midst of a revitalizing campaign to ensure its continued success. As part of this effort, the HBCU has partnered with local businesses and organizations, launched new initiatives, and actively sought out donors to help finance its school programs. These revitalization efforts speak volumes about the commitment of Barber-Scotia College to providing educational opportunities for future students.

The organization is working diligently to provide resources for student support on their educational journey. Barber-Scotia College aims to provide services necessary to support its students in their academic and professional endeavors, promoting student success.


The Rising Initiative

With a focus on quality education, community outreach, and student engagement, this North Carolina-based HBCU is poised for a bright future. As it continues to serve as an example of excellence in higher education, we can only hope that it will continue to provide educational opportunities that are accessible and beneficial for generations to come.


Enter the Barber-Scotia Rising initiative. This ambitious endeavor aims to rejuvenate the college, ensuring it continues to shine brightly for future generations. With a goal to raise significant funds by year's end, the initiative is a testament to the college's resilience and determination. And guess what? You can be a part of this transformative journey! Your donations, together with financial grants, volunteer and partnership efforts, will make a significant difference to the success of this campaign.


Barber-Scotia is not just a fond memory for the BJC Jewelry founder, but also an important part of North Carolina's history. Despite facing numerous challenges, Barber-Scotia has remained true to its mission and will continue to strive for excellence in the years ahead. The college's legacy will live on for generations to come, and its students will have the opportunity to make their mark in the world.


The initiative’s goal is to raise enough money by year's end so the college can continue its mission of providing educational opportunities for future leaders.


Barber-Scotia on the Rise

Barber-Scotia will continue to rise with the help of its devoted alumni and supporters and is proud to be contributing to the legacy of higher education in the United States. As it continues to move forward, Barber-Scotia College is a symbol of pride and hope for generations to come. With the help of its many supporters, this amazing institution is ready to make even greater strides in the future.


Recently, Barber-Scotia completed the first fiscal year of its major fundraiser campaign called the Leave Our Legacy Fund. This fund was created to raise money in order to support operations and several initiatives, such as scholarships, technology upgrades, and building renovations. After a successful first year of fundraising, Barber-Scotia College has helped raised over $190,000.


Through donations of time and money, they plan to rebuild the campus, pay off its debts and regain its accreditation. They are working to become a leader in providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed as business owners, business consultants, clergy members, sustainable energy experts, and world leaders. They are dedicated to equipping their students with the tools they need to make an impact in their communities and beyond.

I also believe we will have a huge storehouse of scholarship dollars waiting for the next generation of students to come here. Chris V. Rey, J.D., President of Barber-Scotia College

Community Growth and Student Support

Through the Barber-Scotia Rising initiative, the school will continue to serve as a beacon of knowledge and empowerment for many years to come. Whether it's through its rigorous academic programs, community partnerships, or commitment to giving back, Barber-Scotia is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the world.


Barber-Scotia is dedicated to giving back to the local community in a meaningful way. Since its founding in 1867, the college has worked diligently to create lasting relationships with organizations, charities, and government agencies that have a positive impact on the economy of Concord and Cabarrus County.

An increase in students attending in person and learning how to build successful businesses could prove to be extremely beneficial to Concord, and surrounding cities in North Carolina. With students living on campus, the cities are primed for economic growth and the students may be inclined to build and support the local business community.


In addition, Barber-Scotia has provided scholarships for students in need, helping them to realize their dreams of higher education. The college continues to be a source of hope and inspiration for many in the community.


Future So Bright

Barber-Scotia is committed to ensuring that its legacy lives on for future generations. With the help of the Barber-Scotia Rising initiative, it will continue to provide a comprehensive college experience for years to come. As it looks towards a brighter future, Barber-Scotia will continue to make a positive impact in Concord and Cabarrus County.

In two to three years, we will take our rightful place as an accredited institution that will churn out the next generation of global leaders. ~Chris V. Rey, J.D., President of Barber-Scotia College

Barber-Scotia College is an integral part of the community, working hard to provide a quality educational experience for its students. The college is also dedicated to making a difference outside its classrooms by providing essential services and resources to the local economy. In addition to its partnerships with organizations and government agencies, Barber-Scotia College also participates in various events throughout the year that highlight its commitment to the community.

Barber-Scotia College is more than just a college: it’s a symbol of hope and perseverance for generations to come. This historically Black college has made tremendous strides in recent years and through this exclusive collection, BJC Jewelry is committed to doing what we can to help with its revitalization and growth.


We'll post again soon with the story of our collaboration and an update on donations. Talk soon!

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