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North Carolina A&T's Arial Robinson Went From Creating A Fake Nike Campaign To Designing A Sneaker For The Company

This HBCU student is showing the power of striving for one’s dreams in between classes.

Oct 7, 2022

North Carolina A&T Receives $23.7M Grant To Help Create High-Paying Clean Energy Jobs For Students

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is looking out for both the environment and its students. According to a press release, the HBCU has received a $23.7 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge, presented by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo — making it its largest award ever received for research. Coming from Good Jobs Challenge’s $500 million — funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan — the funding will be to create STEPs4GROWTH, a clean energy workforce training program. “Through this important project, North Carolina A&T will play a leading role in preparing well-trained workers to fill the many skilled jobs in America’s rapidly growing clean energy sector,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said, according to the press release. “The prescient work of A&T engineering faculty and principal investigators on this grant, Balakrishna Gokaraju and Greg Monty, has culminated in a novel program for delivering education...

Aug 5, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion Causes Uptick In Enrollment At Her HBCU Alma Mater Texas Southern University

Megan Thee Stallion’s educational pursuits are inspiring others to follow suit. As AfroTech previously reported, Megan Thee Stallion received her bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University (TSU) back in December 2021. With all eyes on the rapper, it comes as no surprise that her presence at TSU has created a buzz that is already benefitting the city of Houston.

May 4, 2022

JR Smith Becomes The First Male Golfer To Score An Ambassador Deal With Lululemon

JR Smith is not afraid to put his hands in multiple baskets. ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports that the NBA star turned golfer attending North Carolina A&T landed a brand ambassador NIL deal with Lululemo n.

Apr 22, 2022

JR Smith Finishes His First College Semester With A 4.0 GPA — Now, He's Coming For An NIL Deal

JR Smith just had a successful first semester of college! The former NBA player has frequently kept fans up to speed with his life as a student at North Carolina A&T State University. Now, he’s shared the news that his first semester was a success revealing that he closed out with a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Grades are in! 4.0 ✅ 🤲🏾😊🥳🎁⛳️ I’m going FU$&@ing NUTTTTTSSSSSS!!! — JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) December 14, 2021 “I can’t even describe the feeling, I ain’t even gonna lie to you,” said Smith in a video reacting to the news about his grades. “A lot of hard work went into that s*** you know… Monday through Friday eight to eleven, sometimes longer, straight schoolwork. When you’re not used to going to school and doing all that s***, ahh man… freshman year you don’t think you can do it, you always hear about your disabilities.” Not only did Smith manage to make straight A’s but he did it as a student-athlete. He joined the golf team as a walk-on for his...

Dec 15, 2021

North Carolina A&T State University Raises $88M For Record-Breaking Year Of Fundraising

The nation’s largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) just set an all-time record for fundraising. According to NPR, North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) has raised $88 million since its fiscal year began last summer, which is nearly six times what the university normally fundraises annually, and it’s not even over yet. The university’s new fundraising brings its total to $181.4 million, completing its eight-year campaign, according to an announcement from administrators. Including its endowment, N.C. A&T’s assets are also now listed at $153 million, making it the most of any public HBCU ever. “There has not been a year like that ever in our history,” Todd Simmons — N.C. A&T’s associate vice chancellor for university relations — told the NPR. “Nor has there been a year like that in the history of nearly any other public HBCU in America.” The outlet reports that the uptick in donations and support from both private donors and large corporations came as a...

May 4, 2021

Hampton University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T Receive $1M in Grants From the PSEG Foundation

The PSEG Foundation — the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. which prioritizes investments in environment, safety, STEM education & workforce development and diversity & inclusion — has announced plans to provide $1 million in grant funding for three esteemed HBCUs to support STEM education. Recipients of this grant funding are Hampton University, Howard University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. According to a press release, PSEG Foundation aims for these grants to diversify the STEM workforce through each university’s respective programs. As a result, the funding will help generate a talent pipeline of underrepresented students to prepare the next generation of Black STEM leaders to create change in fields like environmental science, sustainability and social justice. “HBCUs have a long history of offering an exceptional educational experience while enriching the lives of Black students and families and providing the resources...

Mar 26, 2021