HBCUs

Novartis Teams Up With HBCUs to Combat Systemic Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Novartis Teams Up With HBCUs to Combat Systemic Racial Disparities in Healthcare

As an initial step, the Novartis US Foundation plans to invest $20 million in scholarships, mentorships, and research grants over the next 10 years to help create equitable access to high-quality education and professional development for HBCU students in health-related fields. This will include three-year scholarships of $10,000 a year for up to 360 students at select HBCUs.

Six Black Medical Students Join the Inaugural Meharry-Yale Summer Research Program

Six Black Medical Students Join the Inaugural Meharry-Yale Summer Research Program

The students are working alongside Yale faculty members and residents, to begin building networks, and deepening their understanding of career paths in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuroscience, which is the inaugural program’s focus.

Morgan State Joins the Fast Start Program That Could Offer Significant Savings to Students

Morgan State Joins the Fast Start Program That Could Offer Significant Savings to Students

Modern States, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible, will provide at least 10,000 free online college courses and credit-bearing exams to prospective students. This will save over $10 million in tuition and expenses for HBCU students.

Bethune-Cookman University Signs an Agreement With the University of Tampa

Bethune-Cookman University Signs an Agreement With the University of Tampa

Historically Black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has entered into an agreement in an effort to provide opportunities for Bethune-Cookman graduates to pursue graduate studies in curriculum and instruction at the University of Tampa.

Historically Black Talladega College in Alabama to Offer an MBA Program

Historically Black Talladega College in Alabama to Offer an MBA Program

The MBA program will offer seven areas of concentration: accounting, management, marketing, finance, logistics, healthcare management, and entrepreneurship. The MBA program can be completed in as little as a year and will be offered online or through hybrid learning.

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville Transitions to University Status

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville Transitions to University Status

On July 1, historically Black Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, transitioned to university status. For the first time, the university is offering a graduate degree program – a master’s degree in business administration.

Prairie View A&M University Initiates Partnerships With Six Universities in Africa

Prairie View A&M University Initiates Partnerships With Six Universities in Africa

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas is spearheading a new multidisciplinary effort to help improve food security, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and social welfare in Africa. Camille Gibson, interim dean of the College of Juvenile Justice, is leading the new Pacesetters Initiative that has six partner universities in Africa.

Saint Augustine's University Establishes Working Agreement With a Plastic Recycling Firm

Saint Augustine’s University Establishes Working Agreement With a Plastic Recycling Firm

Historically Black Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, has entered into an agreement with Braven Environmental that will provide the opportunity for both faculty and students to conduct research on plastics recycling alongside Braven’s scientists.

Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Launch a MD/MBA Dual Degree Program

Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Launch a MD/MBA Dual Degree Program

Dual degree students will spend their first three years at Meharry. They will start the Vanderbilt MBA program in their fourth year and will be registered as full-time MBA students for three consecutive semesters. They will return to Meharry for the spring semester in their fifth year to complete their medical degree.

Howard University Enters Educational Partnership With the Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Howard University Enters Educational Partnership With the Naval Undersea Warfare Center

The educational partnership agreement allows warfare center scientists and engineers to work with Howard faculty and students to enhance STEM education. New provisions also permit student participation in technology transfer and associated legal activities.

Historically Black Lane College Begins New Prison Education Program

Historically Black Lane College Begins New Prison Education Program

In mid-June, Lane College began offering classes to inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, Tennessee. At the successful completion of the program of study, students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in business.

Grambling State University in Louisiana to Offer its First Doctoral Program

Grambling State University in Louisiana to Offer its First Doctoral Program

Historically Black Grambling State University in Louisiana has announced that it has received approval to establish a Ph.D. degree program in criminology and justice administration. It will be the first doctoral degree program offered at Grambling State University and the first program of its kind in Louisiana.

Google Makes a $50 Million Commitment to Ten HBCUs

Google Makes a $50 Million Commitment to Ten HBCUs

Ten HBCUs will each receive a one-time unrestricted financial grant of $5 million will help support scholarships, invest in technical infrastructure for in-class and remote learning, and develop curriculum and career support programs.

The Mormon Church to Provide $3 Million in Scholarship Funds for HBCU Students

The Mormon Church to Provide $3 Million in Scholarship Funds for HBCU Students

The church is allocating $3 million over the next three years to provide scholarships for students at member institutions of the United Negro College Fund. In addition, the church is earmarking $250,000 to create a fellowship for students from the United States to travel to study in Ghana.

Clinton College Slashes Tuition by 50 Percent With the Goal to Boost Enrollments

Clinton College Slashes Tuition by 50 Percent With the Goal to Boost Enrollments

Historically Black Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina,  will be cutting tuition by 50 percent this fall semester to ease the financial strain on families negatively impacted by the pandemic. Additionally, the college will also be giving all students a brand new tablet computer.

J.P. Morgan and the UNCF Introduce New Scholarship Program for Students at HBCUs

J.P. Morgan and the UNCF Introduce New Scholarship Program for Students at HBCUs

The program will provide scholarships and mentorships to students attending one of 11 HBCUs across the U.S. and help them develop the skills they need to grow a career as a financial advisor. Each year 75 students at HBCUs will receive scholarships and will be eligible for summer internship programs.

Morehouse College Acquires Extensive Archives of Joseph and Evelyn Lowery

Morehouse College Acquires Extensive Archives of Joseph and Evelyn Lowery

The Joseph Echols Lowery and Evelyn Gibson Lowery Collection includes over 400 linear feet of invaluable materials chronicling the Lowerys’ work with civil and human rights leaders. The collection will be archived and curated at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Virginia Union University Creates the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music

Virginia Union University Creates the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music

Hezekiah Walker is a famed gospel music artist and pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle. He is currently a second-year student of the Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. The new center will help budding gospel artists learn the cultural and business aspects of gospel music and the industry.

Claflin University Is Offering an Online Master's Degree in Biotechnology to African Students

Claflin University Is Offering an Online Master’s Degree in Biotechnology to African Students

In 2017, Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina entered into a partnership for faculty and student exchanges with Africa Univerity, a United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. Now Claflin is offering students at Africa University the opportunity to pursue an online master’s degree in biotechnology program through Claflin University.

Voorhees College Announces That It Will Transition to University Status in 2022

Voorhees College Announces That It Will Transition to University Status in 2022

Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who studied at what was then the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, founded Denmark Industrial School in 1897 in South Carolina. New Jersey philanthropist Ralph Voorhees and his wife donated $5,000 to buy the land and build the first building. Next April, Voorhees Colege will become Voorhees University.

Tennessee State University Offers African Students Access to Online Coding Classes

Tennessee State University Offers African Students Access to Online Coding Classes

Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, announced a dual enrollment partnership through the African Methodist EpiscopalChurch that gives students in western and southern Africa access to digital resources to develop their technology skills.

A Bump in the Road for Delaware State University's Acquisition of Wesley College

A Bump in the Road for Delaware State University’s Acquisition of Wesley College

A group of tenured faculty members at Wesley College have filed a lawsuit claiming that the acquisition of the college by historically Black Delaware State University breaches the contractual obligations the college made with its faculty. The suit also claims that the acquisition is also a fraudulent transfer of the assets of the college.

Tennessee State University May Be the First HBCU to Have an Ice Hockey Team

Tennessee State University May Be the First HBCU to Have an Ice Hockey Team

A feasibility study is underway that will answer questions about how viable is hockey at Tennessee State, and what needs to happen to put teams on the ice. The proposed program would be the first at a historically Black university and also the first college ice hockey program in the state of Tennessee.

HBCUs Receive a Major Commitment From Networking Giant Cisco

HBCUs Receive a Major Commitment From Networking Giant Cisco

Starting with a $50 million anchor investment from Cisco, the Student Freedom Initiative is hoping to reach its goal of $450 million. When funded, this endowment will support 4,500 HBCU students in perpetuity. In addition, Cisco is donating $100 million in hardware and software to improve technology infrastructure at HBCUs.

Edward Waters College to Launch a New Institute on Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy

Edward Waters College to Launch a New Institute on Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy

Edward Waters College, the historically Black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced that it will establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy. The new institute is made possible by a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.

College of DuPage in Illinois Partners With Two Historically Black Universities

College of DuPage in Illinois Partners With Two Historically Black Universities

The college has entered into a partnership with historically Black Florida A&M University and historically Black Kentucky State University, that will create a pathway for the community college students who earn an associate’s degree to seamlessly transfer to the HBCUs to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Virginia State University to Pay Full Tuition of Local Pell Grant-Eligible Students

Virginia State University to Pay Full Tuition of Local Pell Grant-Eligible Students

To qualify, students must be Pell Grant eligible, meet the university admission requirements, and live within a 25-mile radius of campus. This initiative provides qualified students, who have limited financial resources, the option to attend a four-year university directly out of high school.

Alabama A&M University Gets in the Beer Business

Alabama A&M University Gets in the Beer Business

Alabama A&M University officials have announced an innovative collaboration with a Huntsville-based brewery that will allow students in the university’s food science program to create a new beer. MBA students will help market the new brew.

Alcorn State University in Mississippi Graduates Its First Class of Doctoral Students

Alcorn State University in Mississippi Graduates Its First Class of Doctoral Students

Six family nurse practitioners recently became the inaugural Doctor of Nursing Practice class at the Cora S. Balmat School of Nursing at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. All six of the graduates had earlier received a master’s degree in nursing from the university.

Proposed Legislation Aims to Boost Infrastructure at HBCUs

Proposed Legislation Aims to Boost Infrastructure at HBCUs

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, and U.S. Representative Alma Adams of North Carolina are co-sponsoring the Institutional Grants for New Infrastructure, Technology, and Education (IGNITE) HBCU Excellence Act.

Fort Valley State University Enters Partnership With Grand Valley State University

Fort Valley State University Enters Partnership With Grand Valley State University

Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia announced a partnership with Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The agreement will create a pathway for FVSU students to earn a master’s degree in electronic engineering technology or computer science in as little as five years.

Grambling State University Enters Partnership With Northshore Technical Community College

Grambling State University Enters Partnership With Northshore Technical Community College

This pathway provides community college students with a transparent and systematic outline for successfully completing a baccalaureate degree from Grambling State University in accounting, computer information systems, management, or marketing.

North Carolina A&T State University's Record-Setting Fundraising Campaign

North Carolina A&T State University’s Record-Setting Fundraising Campaign

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University raised a record $181.4 million in its recently completed eight-year capital campaign. The campaign total is believed to be the largest ever raised by a public, historically Black university.

Free Master's Degrees for Students Who Agree to Teach in High-Need Public Schools

Free Master’s Degrees for Students Who Agree to Teach in High-Need Public Schools

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, has established the Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship. Under the program, 12 students will be able to earn a graduate degree from Albany State at no cost to them.

Central State University in Ohio Offers Students Tuition Breaks and New Scholarship Assistance

Central State University in Ohio Offers Students Tuition Breaks and New Scholarship Assistance

All new and returning students who are in good academic standing with the university will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction and a 30 percent reduction of housing fees for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. Students with high grade point averages will receive additional bonuses.

Target to Provide Scholarships for 1,000 Black Students at HBCUs Through the UNCF

Target to Provide Scholarships for 1,000 Black Students at HBCUs Through the UNCF

Target, the retail giant, will make higher education more affordable this fall for 1,000 first-year Black students at more than a dozen public and private historically Black colleges and universities through need-based scholarships of up to $5,000.