We believe that mentoring at the university level can produce highly motivated and successful professionals. Thus we honor professors at historically black institutions of higher learning with a proven history of supporting the professional development of their students with a specially designed plaque and a monetary award. To this end this foundation and it predecessor has given awards for outstanding mentoring since 2002. The Prestages were great mentors for, at least, the following reasons. First, they led by example and were consummate professionals. Second, they were always somehow available when their mentees needed to talk out a classroom, social or family related problem. Sometimes this would mean that you were invited to family dinner so that a needed conversation could occur after dinner. Both also believed in networking and sought out and used every opportunity to introduce their mentees to other professionals in their fields. Both also introduced their students to the latest concepts and ideas in their areas of expertise and did ever thing they could to spark creativity and independence of thought by their students. Finally and most importantly, they expected high achievement, both academically and socially, from their mentees andwould remind them regularly that they could accomplish wondrous things if they concentrated on their studies and took advantage of opportunities for advancement.