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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.

Chinese Government to Offer Hundreds of Scholarships to Black Students

Chinese Government to Offer Hundreds of Scholarships to Black Students

The People’s Republic of China will award 1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students at historically Black colleges and universities to study in China for periods ranging from three months to two years.

North Carolina Central Wants to Be a Guinea Pig for Pell Grant Reform

North Carolina Central Wants to Be a Guinea Pig for Pell Grant Reform

Chancellor Deborah Saunders-White has proposed that NCCU tryout a performance-based Pell Grant system where students would be given an incentive to complete their education in four years.

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

Sheila C. Johnson, the CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, has pledged to donate $5 million over five years to create fellowships for students who are dedicated to improving the lives of African Americans.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Is Now Accepting Applicants for Its Newest Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Is Now Accepting Applicants for Its Newest Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a wide range of generous scholarship programs for college and graduate students. Now the foundation is offering a new program for high-achieving, low-income high school seniors.

Lafayette College Mounts New Effort to Increase Student Diversity

Lafayette College Mounts New Effort to Increase Student Diversity

Lafayette College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Easton, Pennsylvania, has announced a new partnership agreement with The Opportunity Network that will offer admission and financial aid support to a group of academically gifted, low-income students from the New York City public schools.

An Endowed Scholarship Fund Honors Three Pioneering Emory Professors

An Endowed Scholarship Fund Honors Three Pioneering Emory Professors

The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta has established an endowed scholarship program to provide financial aid for students in its Black Church Studies Program.

AccessUVA Reauthorized But Student Loans Are Now Part of the Mix

AccessUVA Reauthorized But Student Loans Are Now Part of the Mix

The board of visitors of the University of Virginia has reauthorized the AccessUVA financial aid program. But due to the rising cost and increased demand for financial aid, the university will now be including loans as part of the financial aid packages.

Education Department Takes Steps to Ease the PLUS Loan Crisis

Education Department Takes Steps to Ease the PLUS Loan Crisis

A large number of historically Black colleges and universities have seen a significant drop in enrollments because many students and their families have been unable to secure PLUS loans from the federal government. A new appeals ruling may help alleviate the crisis.

The Successful First Cohort of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program

The Successful First Cohort of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program

Of the 183 students who began in the program five years ago, 163 will enter college this fall. Of the 163 college-bound students, 98 will be attending Rutgers University on full scholarships.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Joins Forces With the Opportunity Funding Corporation

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Joins Forces With the Opportunity Funding Corporation

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a group representing 47 publicly operated historically Black colleges and universities, has merged with the Opportunity Funding Corporation, an organization fostering entrepreneurship in the African American community.