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University Doubles Its Commitment to Minority Graduate Student Financial Aid

University Doubles Its Commitment to Minority Graduate Student Financial Aid

The Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has announced a $600,000 annual investment to provide financial aid to graduate students from underrepresented minority groups.

George Lucas Gives $10 Million to the University of Southern California for Minority Scholarships

George Lucas Gives $10 Million to the University of Southern California for Minority Scholarships

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles received a donation of $10 million from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The money will provide scholarships for students in the School of Cinematic Arts with preferences given to African American and Hispanic students.

The Extreme Science Scholars at Morgan State University

The Extreme Science Scholars at Morgan State University

The Army Research Laboratory has expanded its effort to increase the number of minority students in STEM fields by creating the Extreme Science Scholar program at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Pell Grants Are a Major Factor in College Affordability for African Americans

Pell Grants Are a Major Factor in College Affordability for African Americans

Nearly 62 percent of all African American undergraduates received a Pell Grant in the 2011-12 academic year. For Whites, 33.5 percent of undergraduates that year were Pell Grant recipients. The average grant to Black students was $3,400.

What Are the College Prospects for the 4 Million Black Children Living in Poverty?

What Are the College Prospects for the 4 Million Black Children Living in Poverty?

In 2014, there were 4,090,000 African Americans under the age of 18 in the United States who were living in poverty. The percentage of Black children in poverty rose from 33.7 percent in 2013 to 37.1 percent in 2014.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ends Its Program for Black Students Entering College

In 1964, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation founded the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students entering college. After 51 years that program is ending and a new program will benefit only those students who graduate from predominantly Black colleges.

Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

Large Numbers of Black Students Experience Distress Over the Cost of Higher Education

A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.

Georgia Tech and Intel Aim to Increase Minorities Pursuing STEM Degrees

Georgia Tech and Intel Aim to Increase Minorities Pursuing STEM Degrees

The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta has announced a new partnership with Intel Inc. in an effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue degrees in engineering and computer science.

University of Michigan in New Recruitment Effort for Low-Income Students

University of Michigan in New Recruitment Effort for Low-Income Students

Prohibited from using affirmative action in admissions, the University of Michigan is embarking on a new effort to seek out and recruit low-income students.

New Scholarship Opportunity for HBCU Students in STEM Fields

New Scholarship Opportunity for HBCU Students in STEM Fields

The new Apple Scholars program, operated in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will offer a one-year scholarship of up to $25,000 for 30 students at HBCUs and other predominantly Black colleges and universities.

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor's Degree Recipient

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor’s Degree Recipient

Laura Marie Leary earned a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University in 1966. A scholarship named in her honor will be awarded to students who are majoring in fields where minorities have traditionally been underrepresented.

End of the Line for Sojourner-Douglass College?

End of the Line for Sojourner-Douglass College?

Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore was notified by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that its appeal to retain its accreditation was denied.

Sojourner-Douglass College Closes Its Edgewater Campus

Sojourner-Douglass College Closes Its Edgewater Campus

All but one of the employees at the Edgewater campus was let go. Students transferred to other area colleges or to Sojourner-Douglass’ main campus in Baltimore. The college is facing a loss of its accreditation.

Florida A&M University Professor Produces Documentary Film on Student Loan Debt

Florida A&M University Professor Produces Documentary Film on Student Loan Debt

Darryl Scriven, professor of philosophy at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has produced a new documentary film that aims to provide information so college students can limit student loan borrowing.

Stillman College Cuts Tuition in an Effort to Boost Enrollment

Stillman College Cuts Tuition in an Effort to Boost Enrollment

Stillman College, the historically Black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that the annual cost of tuition and room and board would be reduced from $22,500 to $17,500 beginning in the fall.

School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

On September 30, 2014, Javaughntay Burroughs, a sophomore honor roll student at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was hit by an errant bullet while walking to his fifth-period class.

Ranking the HBCUs on the Debt Levels of Their Graduates

Ranking the HBCUs on the Debt Levels of Their Graduates

The average debt level of college graduates in 2013 was $28,400. But some HBCUs are among the schools where students have the lowest average debt and some are among the schools with the highest debt level for graduating students.

Alcorn State University Offers In-State Tuition Rates for All Students

Alcorn State University Offers In-State Tuition Rates for All Students

In an effort to boost enrollments, Alcorn State University in Mississippi has abolished its dual tuition schedule. Now all students who enroll at the historically Black university will pay the same price, regardless of their state of residence.

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

Pew Research Center Study Shows a Widening Racial Wealth Gap

A widening racial wealth gap impedes the ability of Black families to pay for the college education of their children and grandchildren. Since the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap has expanded significantly.

Princeton University Seeks More Low-Income Students

Princeton University Seeks More Low-Income Students

Princeton will expand its partnership with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and enhance its Freshman Scholars Institute, a summer bridge program for low-income students who plan to major in STEM disciplines.

New Credit Standards Issued for Parent PLUS Loan Program

New Credit Standards Issued for Parent PLUS Loan Program

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, estimates that since 2011, 28,000 students at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities were negatively impacted by the Education Department decision to tighten credit standards.

Blacks at For-Profit Colleges: Poor Outcomes and Large Amounts of Debt

Blacks at For-Profit Colleges: Poor Outcomes and Large Amounts of Debt

Blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of students at for-profit schools and only 20 percent complete their degree programs. Many take on large amounts of debt that they can’t easily repay.

Survey Finds Large Racial Differences in Student Loan Debt

Survey Finds Large Racial Differences in Student Loan Debt

According to the Gallup survey, only 22 percent of Black students who graduated college in the 2000-to-2014 period did so without any student loan debt. Half of all Black students who earned their degree in the period had student loan debt of more than $25,000.

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

The alliance of 11 large public research universities says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students, including those from low-income families.

New Scholarship Program Looks to Help Auburn's African American Students

New Scholarship Program Looks to Help Auburn’s African American Students

The War Eagle Society, a group of Black alumni and faculty at Auburn University in Alabama, has established the War Eagle Society Endowment for PLUS Scholarships.

New Scholarship Program for Minority Students at Youngstown State University

New Scholarship Program for Minority Students at Youngstown State University

Dr. Joan J. Boyd, professor emerita at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and her husband have established a scholarship fund at the university for underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing a career in health, medicine, or clinical laboratory science.

UNCF Receives $25 Million From Conservative Group

UNCF Receives $25 Million From Conservative Group

The grant will consist of $18.5 million that will be earmarked for 3,000 merit-based scholarships for African American undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and $6.5 million to support the United Negro College Fund and its member institutions.

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

Using a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 24 minority students at the University of Iowa will receive $40,000 scholarships over the next three years. The university will provide an additional $10,000 to the 24 students.

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

Nine African Americans Awarded Truman Scholarships

This year, 59 Truman scholars were selected from 655 candidates nominated by 294 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 59 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine are African Americans.

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Under the agreement, one Ron Brown Scholar will receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend to enroll in the 10-month master in management program at Wake Forest.

Will the Federal Government Challenge Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs?

Will the Federal Government Challenge Merit-Based College Scholarship Programs?

Many scholarship programs nationwide have minimum test score requirements that, while not discriminatory on their face, have the effect of disproportionately excluding large percentages of Black and other minority students.

North Carolina A&T State University Gets Permission to Enroll More Out-of-State Students

North Carolina A&T State University Gets Permission to Enroll More Out-of-State Students

Enrolling more out-of-state students can help state universities financially. Tuition at North Carolina A&T State University for students from outside of North Carolina is about triple that paid by in-state students.

Racial Differences in Educational Funding for Doctoral Recipients

Racial Differences in Educational Funding for Doctoral Recipients

According to data on students who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, nearly 40 percent of African American doctoral recipients funded their education through their own resources compared to 21 percent of Whites.

Racial Differences in Educational Debt Levels for Doctoral Students

Racial Differences in Educational Debt Levels for Doctoral Students

Blacks who earned doctorates in 2012 had an average of $54,132 in debt from educational loans. Whites who earned doctorates had average educational debts of $25,992.

Faculty Senate at Arkansas Baptist College Calls for Ouster of President

Faculty Senate at Arkansas Baptist College Calls for Ouster of President

Arkansas Baptist College, the historically Black educational institution in Little Rock, has not been able to pay its faculty since November 1. The faculty is calling for the president to be fired.

After Campus Protests, the University of Cincinnati Boosts Diversity Efforts

After Campus Protests, the University of Cincinnati Boosts Diversity Efforts

When the University of Cincinnati’s only African American dean resigned his post, students protested the lack of diversity on campus. The university has taken some steps to address the issue.