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California Passes State Legislation That Provides Grants To Students Transferring To HBCUs

California students are being given financial assistance to attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 9, 2023

California Passes State Legislation That Allows Foster Youth To Attend State Colleges For Free

This is a huge win for foster youth located in the state of California.

Shanique Yates

Jul 20, 2023

Meet Dr. Jalaal Hayes, A STEAM Advocate Who Earned His Doctorate In Applied Chemistry At Age 22

When Dr. Jalaal Hayes started his educational journey, he didn’t know it would lead him on the path to becoming the youngest person to hold a doctorate degree in applied chemistry from Delaware State University (DSU). Dr. Hayes was only 22-years-old when he earned his doctorate degree from DSU in December 2015, and he was the youngest candidate in the Historically Black College and University’s 124-year history. The road to this accomplishment wasn’t always the smoothest for him, and at times, he even doubted he’d make it here. “The hardest part was staying focused and reminding myself of the goal,” Dr. Hayes told AfroTech. “That goal was graduating college, so I just made sure I didn’t have time to get distracted.” Dr. Hayes went to George Washington Carver School of Engineering and Science in Philadelphia. He describes this as one of the premiere science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) schools in the city, since you had to apply and test into it. When he was...

Michelai Graham

May 19, 2021

Spelman College Attracts More Black Women Scholars, Experiences Highest App Pool in Its 140-Year History

Spelman College has received more than 11,000 applications for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, which is the highest app pool since its inception 140 years ago. The prominent HBCU shared the news in a press release to highlight how more young Black women scholars are attracted to the college following a tumultuous year. This increase in admission applications is a 20 percent increase compared to last year, and follows an upward application trajectory since 2014. “The increased interest in Spelman is a testament to the College’s reputation of graduating Black women with a competitive edge who rise to leadership roles across industries and impact positive change in their communities,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell in a statement . “We are excited that these bright young minds are seizing the opportunity to experience our unique liberal arts education by applying to Spelman .” Applicants interested in attending Spelman boast impressive academic profiles. Applicants average...

Michelai Graham

Mar 30, 2021

Uvii Wants To Bring On-Demand Education To The Masses

In 2016, the average cost of a 4-year college or university was $39,000. The amount of money it pays to attend school every year is on the rise and students and self are looking for alternatives ways to educate themselves on a budget. That’s where Uvii comes in. Uvii is a mobile app that brings speaker seminar and micro-learning courses to the palms of people’s hands. The app is currently in beta and uses video to offer skill training, self-help courses and other sessions at a nominal fee. “I knew that there had to be a way through technology to bridge the gap for education,” Uvii Founder Kimberly Gray said. Uvii’s main goal is to provide quality education and on-demand courses for a fraction of the costs of traditional schooling. Gray got her inspiration for Uvii from her parents, who both served as principals in Washington, D.C. public schools. The company has two business models — the frontend, consumer-focused model and the B2B model. On the consumer side, the model app provides...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 8, 2019

For Season 2, 'Grown-Ish' Is Partnering With Scholly To Help Viewers Erase Student Loan Debt

Grown-ish is helping its college-age viewers erase their student loan debt. The Freeform black-ish spinoff has partnered with scholarship app Scholly to create a program that will pay off up to $125,000 of student debt. The program was created in part to help promote grown-ish ‘s second season, which will premiere on Freeform Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. “Acknowledging that student loans have crippled a generation of young Americans and are keeping them from achieving their dreams, the program aims to help student loan borrowers pay off debts that may be holding them back from living their best lives. Thus far, Scholly has helped students win over $100 million dollars in scholarships and aided many in reducing their debt,” said the network in a statement. Current students and grads with an outstanding loan balance are encouraged to submit themselves into the program’s first round via Scholly’s website or app between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31 . Winners will be announced at the 2019 Freeform...

Shadow and Act

Jan 3, 2019

Ciara Sivels Is The First Black Woman To Earn a Ph.D. From The Top Nuclear Engineering Program

Ciara Sivels just became the first Black woman to graduate with a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. The 27-year-old plans to move to Baltimore to work at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics lab, according to HuffPost. “Lots of people helped me, because there were times where I was thinking about leaving the program,” Sivels told HuffPost. “There was a point where I was like, OK, I was going to go to a different school because it’s just not working out.” The Chesapeake, Virginia native notes there is still a lot of work to be done to increase representation across STEM fields. According to Data USA , less than 5 percent of nuclear engineering degrees were awarded to Black scholars in 2016. Sivels graduated from the top nuclear engineering program in the country. “My two big things are representation and exposure,” she said. “I feel like my path could have been a lot easier if I would’ve been exposed to things at a different time. I still...

Jenna Chambers

Nov 5, 2018

College Entrance Exams Are Going Paperless But Digital Inequality Is Still Prevalent

The Harvard Political Review raised questions recently about the fact that two of the most prominent college entrance exams, the ACT and the SAT, are now offering digital versions of the classic exams — and what that means for those affected by the digital divide that still exists. Although our world is shifting to a digital-first reality, the fact of the matter is that not all students have the same access to technology or the same level of digital reading comprehension. Therefore reading and executing the test on a computer can pose a larger challenge for some students than others. In general, research shows that digital reading tests differ from reading on paper because our brains engage in a different way, making it so we don’t engage with reading the same across platforms. Because of the ways many schools are evaluated based on test scores, this might also suggest that the change could force some schools scrambling to focus on sharpening students’ computer skills immediately....