Herman McKinney Memorial Scholarship

A special category of mutli-year scholarships are awarded that are named in honor of deceased members who provided exceptional service and leadership to The Breakfast Group and those whom we serve.  These are $4,000 scholarships that are paid out over a 4 year period.

Herman McKinney was one of the founders of The Breakfast Group in 1976.  He served as the organizations first President and was responsible for bringing some of the most accomplished and distinguished African-American business and professional men into the group during its formative years.  McKinney was a multifaceted professional.  

Herman received his Bachelors degree from The University of Oregon and his Masters Degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work in June of 1968.  He had the opportunity to serve as Assistant Dean there for nine years. Afterwards, he started a small business (Extra Hands) and operated it successfully for over eight years before moving on to the position of Vice President for Urban Affairs at The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.  

Once retired, Herman served on several non-profit boards, including: The Breakfast Group, The Seattle Art Museum, The Graduate School Advisory Board, The Police Foundation, and The University of Oregon Foundation. As Executive Director of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Urban Enterprise Center.  In that role Herman Developed partnerships with businesses and government agencies that created thousands of jobs for low income communities across the city.