HBCUs

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.

Elizabeth City State University Closes Campus Due to Ongoing Protests Over Nearby Police Shooting

Elizabeth City State University Closes Campus Due to Ongoing Protests Over Nearby Police Shooting

As a result of the ongoing protests after the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriff’s deputies on April 21, the city’s mayor has declared a state of emergency. The university closed residence halls and told students to pack their things as if they were not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

New HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Founded at Clark Atlanta University

New HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Founded at Clark Atlanta University

the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute at Clark Atlanta University aims to serve as an incubator for recruiting and developing the future presidents of the more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities in the United States.

North Carolina A&T State University Wins the Honda Campus All Star Challenage

North Carolina A&T State University Wins the Honda Campus All Star Challenage

The winning team was coached by Professor Byron Turman and includes team captain Malkam Hawkins, Frances Kendrick, Mitchell Wilson, and Samara Daniels, a junior majoring in criminal justice.

Coppin State University to Launch an Accelerated Path to a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Coppin State University to Launch an Accelerated Path to a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree for the role of a family nurse practitioner can combine the graduate and doctoral coursework over a three-year period into one seamless terminal degree.

Meharry Medical College Launches Its School of Applied Computational Sciences

Meharry Medical College Launches Its School of Applied Computational Sciences

The School of Applied Computational Sciences will be focused on creating impactful academic research programming that will enhance health care and technology communities and solve complex problems in health care — especially those that impact underserved populations. The first students are expected to enroll this fall.

Xavier University of Louisiana Offers Pathway for Students to Earn Master's Degrees in Management

Xavier University of Louisiana Offers Pathway for Students to Earn Master’s Degrees in Management

Historically Black Xavier University in New Orleans has entered into a partnership with Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in management in five years.

Johnson C. Smith University Enters Partnership With Central Piedmont Community College

Johnson C. Smith University Enters Partnership With Central Piedmont Community College

Under the JCSU Connect program, students will complete an associate degree in psychology at Central Piedmont and a bachelor’s degree at JCSU. Students who remain eligible during their time at Central Piedmont and successfully submit their applications to Johnson C. Smith University will receive an $8,000 annual scholarship

A Potential Financial Windfall for Historically Black Tennessee State University

A Potential Financial Windfall for Historically Black Tennessee State University

In 1913, the state legislature stipulated that Tennessee State should receive 25 percent of the federal land grant funds allocated to the state. But from 1957 to 2007, the historically Black university did not receive land grant allocations. A state legislative committee said that Tennessee State is entitled to between $150 million and $544 million.

Three HBCUs Partner With United Airlines to Increase the Pipeline of Black Commercial Pilots

Three HBCUs Partner With United Airlines to Increase the Pipeline of Black Commercial Pilots

Flight education students at the three HBCUs will have the opportunity to interview with admission officials of United Airlines’ Aviate Academy. If selected, they will be among the thousands of pilots United will train over the next decade. These Aviate Academy students will also be guaranteed a job with United.

Education Department Wipes Out $1.6 Billion in HBCU Debt

Education Department Wipes Out $1.6 Billion in HBCU Debt

Since 1994, the HBCU Capital Financing Program has provided HBCUs with access to capital financing or refinancing for the repair, renovation, and construction of classrooms, libraries, laboratories, dormitories, instructional equipment, and research instrumentation. Debts incurred under the program have now been forgiven.

Delaware State to Launch a Doctoral Program in Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Delaware State to Launch a Doctoral Program in Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences

One aspect of the interdisciplinary nature of this program is that each student will be mentored by two advisors, each of whom will be from different but related science disciplines. Students will be required to do an internship outside of their dissertation research.

Fisk University to Offer a Bonus Master's Degree Program to Students Who Graduate in Four Years

Fisk University to Offer a Bonus Master’s Degree Program to Students Who Graduate in Four Years

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville has announced a new program in which students will graduate in four years and be automatically admitted to a master’s degree program at the university. Tuition for their master’s degree studies will be at half price.