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High School Senior Justin Ricketts Receives Perfect SAT Score With Plans To Attend Either M.I.T, Princeton, Or Harvard University

If a perfect SAT score is any indication of a bright future ahead, Suncoast High School student Justin Ricketts’ future is gleaming.    

Jun 29, 2022

Florida Teen Admitted To All 27 Schools Including Harvard, Receiving $4M In Scholarships

This Florida teen is already off to a great start! ABC News reports Florida high school student Jonathan Walker applied to 27 schools including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. The decision to submit various application was to increase his likelihood of attending a top school. Little did he know he would not only receive a stamp of approval from each university but he would also receive up to $4 million in scholarships! “I’m thankful to God for him putting me in such an amazing position, but also just realizing that like, all these results, it’s not just because of me,” Walker told the Panama City News Herald. “I feel like I’m a product of the community that has been put around me and who’s fostered my growth.” Walker also shared a gem for other high school students who are prepping for college applications. “Keep grinding no matter what,” Walker said, according to WJHG.

Apr 15, 2022

Da’Vion Tatum Made History As His High School's First Black Male Valedictorian — Now, He's Enrolled At Harvard

Da’Vion Tatum is making history as he heads to Harvard University! Tatum has not only made history as the first Black male valedictorian of his high school, but he has millions of dollars worth of scholarships and acceptances into 11 various colleges and universities to match. Now, he wants to use his story to inspire and encourage other young men. “My story specifically can help other young Black men to know that just because society may say one thing about you, or there may be a stigma or stereotype that surrounds being a Black man, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re confined to that , ” said Tatum in an interview with Fox 26 Houston earlier last month. Not only is he at Harvard, but the 18-year-old penned his very own autobiography, “Thriving In My Own Lane,” to further share all that it took for him to reach such a monumental milestone in his life. The Westfield High School graduate first began writing the book in eighth grade. “It was to show that regardless of what’s happening...

Sep 8, 2021

Why Harvard-Bound Verda Tetteh Turned Down $40K In Scholarships

At just 17-years-old, Verda Tetteh proves that being amazing is about more than just where you go to school. According to CBS News, the Massachusetts high school student made her Ghanaian parents proud, already, when she got accepted into Harvard University. She made her parents especially proud when that Harvard offer came with a “full-ride” scholarship. But when she was offered an additional $40,000 in scholarships for things like books and other necessities that the “full-ride” scholarship to Harvard didn’t cover, she turned it down. “No one had the chance to say ‘Don’t give away $40,000,’” Verda Tetteh said to CBS News. “It is such a great honor, but I also know that I am not the most in need of it. I’m excited to see who it helps and how that changes their life, so I am so happy that God gave me the strength to do that.” She also said that she knew that “someone else needed it more,” which is why she was alright with giving it up to someone else. The $40,000 was due to be given...

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture to Offer Virtual Course Inspired by Beyoncé’s 'Black Is King'

Dr. Solange Ashby holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology with a specialization in ancient Egyptian language and Nubian religion from the University of Chicago. Now, this Barnard professor wants to share her findings of the divine feminine with a larger audience, using Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” as a soundtrack. The Harvard Museum of the Ancient East will present “Black Is Queen: The Divine Feminine in Kush,” on March 25, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. ET. It will be presented virtually, via a Zoom meeting, and pre-registration is required. However, this isn’t just your ordinary scholarly presentation. Rather, according to the lecture’s official website, “Black Is King” — the modern classic visual album by Beyoncé — will be “interwoven into this presentation on Kushite queens to emphasize the power and centrality of the African queen mother in her royal family and kingdom.” Beyoncé has long served as an inspiration for both rising young entrepreneurs and older people alike — but this is the first time that...

Rapper IDK Went From Being Incarcerated to Now Teaching a Music Biz Crash Course at Harvard

Rapper IDK — whose moniker is short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” — has experienced a major transformation in his music journey of going from being incarcerated to signing with a major record label. His struggle to find his life’s purpose has led him to being a successful artist/producer. Now, he wants to ensure other rising artists don’t have to go through similar circumstances to follow their dreams. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old Maryland rapper announced the launch of No Label Academy — a 10-day music business crash course at Harvard University curated for aspiring industry leaders with no prior experience or exposure. “The idea started when I realized how my situation had a lot to do with the odds being against me,” IDK told Rolling Stone. “I, being a felon and having minimal education in terms of certifications, was still finding a way to create a career that’s not only lucrative, but in line with what I actually wanted to do in life.”...

Dec 3, 2020

Harvard Students Elect Black Male Student as Undergraduate Council President For the First Time Ever

Becoming a Harvard student is a high achievement on its own, but to become the student body president thanks to your peers is an even greater one. Just ask 20-year-old Noah Harris, the first Black man to be elected by the student body to become president of Harvard’s Undergraduate Council, reports Hattiesburg American. Harris is a junior government major from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He succeeds two other Black students who have headed Harvard’s Undergraduate Council. The first to serve in the role, Cary Gabay, was a Black man chosen in 1993 by members of the council, and the second was a Black woman, Fentrice Driskell, who was also elected. “I definitely don’t take that lightly,” Harris said of the confidence placed in him. “Especially with everything that went on this summer with the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, all the protests that went on in this moment of racial reckoning in this country. This is a major statement by the Harvard student body to...

Nov 24, 2020

Meet the Ghanaian Harvard-Trained Plastic Surgeon & His Neurosurgeon Brother Who Are Changing Lives

Meet Dr. Theo Nyame, the Ghanaian-born plastic surgeon transforming lives in Charlotte and across the world. The Harvard-trained board-certified doctor specializes in reconstructive surgery and aesthetic and has had to work his way up to become one of the most highly rated plastic surgeons in America, reports Face2Face Africa. Dr. Nyame was just eight-years-old when he and his family relocated to the Bronx, New York from Ghana for better opportunities. “So my brother and I were born in Ghana, West Africa in a small village. When I was about eight years old, my parents brought our family to the United States,” he tells Face2Face Africa. “We grew up in the South Bronx. From there, we began our educational accomplishments.” With a determination to make it, Dr. Nyame and his brother, Kwasi, were serious when it came to their studies which they both can attest to working out — now that they are successful within the field of surgery. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cornell...

Nov 10, 2020

Harvard Medical School Society Renamed After First Black Tenured Professor

Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley just approved the notion to rename the school’s Holmes Society in honor of the first Black tenured professor at Harvard, physician-scientist William Augustus Hinton. According to The Harvard Crimson , a petition to rename the Holmes Society was formed earlier this year by two medical students, garnering more than 1,000 signatures. Diverse Issues In Higher Education reports s tudents and faculty made up the task force that chose Hinton as the new namesake. “The quality that stood out about Professor Hinton, that I think really moved us toward his selection was that he openly admitted his humanity,” said Director of the Hinton Society and Advisory Dean, Anthony V. D’Amico. “There are times when people fail, and we saw one of his qualities is that he would fall in terms of his research or clinical practice, or in terms of his science, and he wouldn’t give up. And I think that that [is the] kind of tenacity and fortitude, courage, that...

Oct 8, 2020

First Black Girl and Youngest Black Boy Win Third Consecutive Harvard Debate Competition

These intelligent Atlanta teens have accomplished a historical feat as we now know them as “The Atlanta Great Debaters.” According to 11Alive , Madison Webb and Christian Flournoy — high school students and participants in the Harvard Diversity Project — snagged a victorious win for their third consecutive year at the prestigious Harvard University Debate Competition. Both Webb and Flournoy made history as the first Black female student and youngest Black boy to come out of the competition victorious. Together they beat out students from over 25 countries around the world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @veritasgeorgia As part of the Harvard Diversity Project, the two teens have helped the program gain notoriety and strengthen its reputation for what 11Alive reports as “positioning Black youth to receive full scholarships to Ivy League and elite colleges and universities.” Each year the program recruits a new group of 25 talented students in the metro Atlanta area to...

Jul 21, 2020

Black Harvard Business School Alumni Urges President to Consider Diversity and Inclusion While in Search for Next Dean

Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow received a letter from members of the Harvard Business School’s African-American Alumni Association (HBSAAA) persuading him to consider diversity and inclusion during the business school’s search for the next dean, according to The Harvard Crimson . In June 2020, the business school’s current dean, Nitin Nohria, will retire after spending ten years at Harvard University. The Crimson reports in Nohria’s retirement email to the Business School affiliates, that during his ten years as dean he strived to make progress toward innovation, intellectual ambition, internalization, inclusion, and integration. “Ten years gave us a good run to make progress on our Five I priorities,” he wrote. The HBSAAA’s letter urges the search committee to select a candidate that will boost African American enrollees in the business school’s Master of Business Administration program, executive education program, and the eight doctoral programs. Black Enterprise...

Jan 30, 2020