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For The First Time Ever, The NFL Will Introduce A Women’s Bracket For An EA Or Madden Tournament

The NFL is putting on for the ladies as — for the first time — a women’s bracket will be available in an EA or Madden tournament. According to a press release sent to AfroTech, The National Football League’s annual EA Sports Madden NFL 23 + HBCU Tournament has returned for its third year to inspire the minds of students who have a knack for gaming and football.

Sep 15, 2022

Future Of STEM Scholars Initiative To Provide Scholarships To Over 100 Students Attending HBCUs For 2022

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) has announced a new group of students that it’s set to financially support. According to a press release, the national chemical industry-wide program has welcomed 144 new scholarship recipients for 2022, who will be pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). FOSSI is set to provide $40,000 scholarships. “From academic performance to community engagement, these 144 FOSSI scholarship recipients have clearly demonstrated their commitment to excellence,” FOSSI Chairman, Mark Vergnano shared in a statement, according to the press release. “We are thrilled to support their HBCU education and future career aspirations, helping to eliminate financial barriers and providing mentoring and career development at our 60 sponsoring organizations .” The press release notes that within the group, which represents 25 states, are students planning to major in nearly...

Jul 20, 2022

This Program Raised Over $17M To Fund HBCU Students Pursuing Careers in STEM

The kids are alright thanks to this initiative geared toward students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, or math (STEM). According to a press release, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) was launched in 2020 and has raised more than $17 million to fund scholarships for more than 350 students attending HBCUs. The program was created to support students from underrepresented communities who are taking up space in industries that don’t always have people or leaders that represent and reflect them. During its first year, FOSSI provided 151 scholarships and in the forthcoming fall, the program will add 144 more scholarships making strides toward its goal of providing 1,000 scholarships by 2025. “With an ambitious goal of funding 1000 HBCU students, FOSSI aims to have a significant and meaningful impact on the future workforce,” said Mark Vergnano, FOSSI Chairman. “These talented scholarship recipients...

Jun 1, 2022

Why Former Journalist Ngozi Ahanotu Launched A Search Engine Geared Toward The Black Community And Funded It Herself

If you are on the hunt for Black-owned businesses, look no further than a search engine designed for its community.

May 25, 2022

This 14-Year-Old Student Double Majoring In Physics And Chemical Engineering Is Set To Graduate In May 2023

We love to see a Black student soar academically! Elijah Precciely, in particular, is a young genius, who at only 14-year-old is on his way to securing his bachelor’s degree. According to WBRZ2, the Baton Rouge, LA native currently attends Southern University, where he’s a junior double majoring in physics and chemical engineering. In 2019, the science wiz — age 11 at the time — became the school’s youngest person to receive a full-ride scholarship. While already balancing two rigorous STEM majors, the full-time student and published author is also juggling his interest in other fields. “He’s able to speak up about his own differences or his own challenges,” said his mother, Pamela Precciely, according to WBRZ2. “Even when it comes to classes, he said he was taking physics and chemical engineering. But he also literally would say, ‘I want to make sure can I get a business class in there.” Although he has multiple achievements under his belt, Precciely is more focused on being a...

Mar 11, 2022

AT&T Honors 'Future Makers' By Awarding The Inaugural Class Of HBCU Students $125K

AT&T continues to lead the charge when it comes to paving the way for future Black changemakers! The network has announced the top 25 honorees from its inaugural Dream in Black Rising Future Makers class made up of students who currently attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This year’s applicants were the strongest submissions we’ve received to date and their stories spoke to the core mission we seek to amplify through our AT&T Dream In Black initiatives,” said Angela Burgin, AT&T Director of Marketing and Special Experiences in an official press release shared with AfroTech. “We are thrilled to recognize this dynamic group of students for their amazing accomplishment and support them in furthering their dreams as future leaders in their communities.”

Nov 30, 2021

The NBA To Support All 107 HBCUs In Its Latest Initiative To Provide More Opportunities

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is giving back bigger than ever to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). All 107 HBCUs will receive support to advance opportunities, according to the NBA’s website. The NBA is set to launch its first-ever NBA HBCU Classic, a new fellowship program for career development, $1 million in donations through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and additional programming including events and game telecasts. “The NBA family recognizes the storied and prominent role that HBCUs have played in our society for decades,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Tatum said. “We also recognize that within our commitments to increase Black representation across the league and grow the game, we can create educational, athletic and career opportunities through engagement with these institutions. Through continued collaboration with partners like TMCF and UNCF, our teams and...

Oct 21, 2021

Beats By Dre, MACRO Partner On Film Pitch Competition For Atlanta HBCU Students

Beats By Dre and movie producer Charles D. King’s MACRO company have joined forces to help students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta pursue their Hollywood film dreams. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the two companies have partnered together on a film pitch competition that will grant current students and recent alumni of four Atlanta HBCUs the chance to pitch their film passion projects to top Hollywood executives. Winners of the competition will then get the opportunity to attend the Beats Black Creators Summit later this year and The 2022 MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival in January 2022. Eligible students who will be considered for the pitch competition must be at least 18-years-old and matriculate from either Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University or Morris Brown College. At a time where representation in the film industry is key to advancing the conversation around diversity and inclusion in...

Aug 16, 2021

HBCU Clinton College To Offer Full-Time Students Free Tuition For 2021-2022 School Year

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country are taking this debt-free trend and running with it all the way to the bank. NBC News reports that small historically Black Clinton College is offering all of its qualifying full-time students free tuition for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year as well as free Microsoft Surface laptops. This comes after the school announced a commitment to slash tuition fees by 50 percent and also offer every student a new tablet to complete their assignments on. “It has been taxing for each and everyone of us. At Clinton College, we have done our best to keep the school moving forward and providing a quality education, even in a virtual environment,” Clinton College President Lester McCorn declared in his video announcement. “We want to make sure you can perform with excellence without excuse.” This news follows after a tumultuous year for college students around the world who were forced into remote learning at the beginning...

Aug 13, 2021

Clark Atlanta University Surprises Students By Canceling Nearly $2M In Account Balances

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is now the latest among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to forgive student debt amid the pandemic. According to an announcement from the Atlanta HBCU, it surprised its students last week after announcing that it would be clearing unpaid student account balances from the last five semesters over the 2020-2021 school year. FOX 5 also reported that CAU officials say that roughly 900 students with nearly $2 million in debt will have their balances canceled immediately. “We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” President Dr. George T. French, Jr. shared in a statement. “That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education. Their academic and professional future is important to me and the entire Clark Atlanta University family. We care about students and want to lighten their...

Jul 26, 2021

Spelman College Joins $40M Effort To Create More HBCU-Bred Entrepreneurs

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Spelman College is joining its Atlanta counterparts — Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College — in a partnership that will make entrepreneurship more accessible to its students. According to a press release, the all-women HBCU is one of the latest partners of Blackstone LaunchPad — a Techstars powered campus resource connecting schools to business and entrepreneurship — for a mission dedicated to giving diverse students in the Atlanta University Center Consortium more access to tools and resources to help develop their own entrepreneurial skills. Blackstone LaunchPad was developed with support from the United Negro College Fund Inc. (UNCF), and its expansion to Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta is the latest step in the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s commitment to increase career mobility for diverse student bodies. “Spelman’s goal is to provide our students with the competitive edge they need to excel in any field,”...

Jul 2, 2021

Apple Partners With HBCU To Launch 'Smart Campus' To Set Students On A Path To Generational Wealth

Virginia Union University (VUU) is launching a new transformative initiative that’s pairing tech with generational wealth for its students. According to an announcement, the historically Black university has announced its partnership with Apple as well as a Smart Campus initiative, which will provide its first-year students with a bundle of the tech giant’s products to help them with their studies and prepare them for the workforce. The new initiative — referred to as “Mobile Learning, Mobile Life” — will reportedly start by offering the incoming class of 2025 an iPad Air, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple Watch and AirPods Pro. VUU President and CEO Dr. Hakim J. Lucas claims that the Smart Campus initiative will not only assist students in their educational pursuits, but the devices will also be used to help them as they become working professionals and set them on a path to build up wealth for their families. “Creating a Smart Campus at VUU is critical to the academic...

Jun 23, 2021

Clark Atlanta University Joins $90M Joint Initiative To Introduce Students To Alternative Investment Careers

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has announced itself as a partner of a joint initiative that aims to introduce its students to careers in private equity. According to a press release, CAU is one of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — others being Morehouse and Spelman College — to join the first-of-its-kind industry initiative powered by non-profit ALT Finance Corp. and leading investment firms Apollo Global Management, Inc., Ares Management Corp. and Oaktree Capital Management LP. The $90 million initiative — formally known as “AltFinance: Investing in Black Futures”™ — was launched as part of an effort to prepare HBCU students to pursue alternative career paths in private equity or alternative-credit investing. Additionally, all three investment firms have committed to donating $3 million each per year for the next 10 years to fund ALT Finance Corp., marking this as the first significant multi-firm commitment to generate more opportunities in the...

Jun 16, 2021

Cordae Partners With Disney To Fund Scholarships For Underrepresented HBCU Hopefuls

Former college student-turned-rapper Cordae is using his musical influence to reward his fellow peers pursuing higher education. According to a press release, the Grammy-nominated rap star has partnered with the Disney Dreamers Academy and ESPN’s The Undefeated to fund scholarships for youth in underrepresented communities who plan on attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Cordae’s new partnership and noble act partially stems from his participation in the upcoming “Liberated / Music For The Movement Vol. 3 EP” set to release this Friday (June 18) in honor of this year’s Juneteenth celebration. When approached with the opportunity, Cordae expressed his desire to donate proceeds from the album’s release toward a fund for scholarships for HBCU students. As someone who knows the college struggle firsthand, the rapper feels it’s only right that he shares his wealth with others in unfortunate or tough financial situations. “So many people need the money more than...

Jun 16, 2021

McDonald's USA, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Partner to Offer $500K in Scholarships to HBCU Students

McDonald’s USA is kicking off its Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program for the second year in a row by offering $500,000 in scholarships to incoming and current HBCU students in an effort to uplift the next generation of leaders. This generous initiative — in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) — is McDonald’s way of strengthening its relationship with HBCUs and elevating Black communities by helping them pursue their dreams of earning a higher education. “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with McDonald’s and work with these exceptional students,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams — President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) — in a statement. “Amid the uncertainty and confusion of the current state of the world, students remain some of the key drivers of change. They are rising to the challenges they are facing and working hard to provide much-needed support to their families and communities. With the help of partners...

Apr 1, 2021