Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunities available through Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

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Each year, the CBCF (Congressional Black Caucus Foundation) awards more than 200 scholarships to students across the United States. The CBCF has awarded scholarships to talented and deserving students for nearly three decades. Recipients demonstrate leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic talent, while other received need-based scholarships to reward their persistence in pursuing a quality education. The CBCF scholarship programs support current or upcoming college students across a variety of disciplines.

Please visit the CBCF website today for details. Some applications have an April 2017 submission deadline date. Don’t miss these scholarship opportunities.


PhD Project Says: National Effort Needed to Diversify College Faculty


MONTVALE, N.J./PRNewswire/ -- Noting the growing number of "go-it-alone" diversity efforts by universities to attract minority faculty, The PhD Project – a national organization to diversify business school faculty – called today for a coordinated, nationwide approach to the goal of more diversity at the front of college classrooms, across all disciplines. 

"It is laudable that several universities have recently launched independent programs to address students' concerns about diversity on campus," said Bernard J. Milano, President of The PhD Project. "But they are playing a zero-sum game."

"Because minorities are severely underrepresented on college faculties, the only possible result of 'go-it-alone' efforts by individual colleges will be to relocate minority faculty from one school to another.  That may help the schools that 'win' the game, but it does not address the country's interest in a more diverse higher education landscape nationwide," Milano said.

In recent months, Mr. Milano noted, four major universities have announced their own go it alone programs, totaling $200 million, to attract diverse faculty through enhanced recruitment and increased compensation.

"The schools with resources to attract minority faculty may diversify their campuses further – but at the expense of other schools, and students, lacking those resources," Mr. Milano said. "The nation needs a comprehensive effort by colleges working together on programs that will attract, encourage and support African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans to choose college teaching as their profession – and then populate faculties on hundreds of campuses nationwide." 

Several individual initiatives to increase campus diversity have included professor recruitment because of growing recognition that a more diverse faculty can attract a more diverse student body. As the State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has noted, "Minority faculty are a magnet for minority students."

Research shows that minority students do not perform up to their potential when the environment is uncomfortable or unfavorable for them to flourish. Often in these cases, there are few, if any, minority faculty or administrators for whom students are to reach out. Dr. Claude Steele, Provost at University of California - Berkeley, has said, "Studying this problem of under-performance has morphed into solving the diversity problem. It's one thing to numerically integrate a setting. It's another thing to make that place, a place where everyone feels comfortable and can flourish."

The PhD Project is a national program that has increased faculty diversity at hundreds of colleges and universities. It is the only nationwide program aimed at diversifying university faculty. It attracts and enables African-, Hispanic and Native Americans to choose college teaching as a career, and succeed in the rigorous process of obtaining a Ph.D which qualifies them to be professors. 

Since its inception in 1994 The PhD Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,312. An additional 296 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years. 

Mr. Milano said, "The PhD Project model was developed for business schools, but any discipline can partner with the appropriate professional organizations in its field to do what we do: market an academic career in that discipline, and pre-qualify, prepare, and support the doctoral students – tomorrow's professors – we attract."

The PhD Project's founding organizations are KPMG Foundation, the Graduate Management Admission CouncilCiti FoundationAACSB International. The leading corporations, foundations and associations funding it include:  300+ Participating UniversitiesAICPA FoundationDiversityIncDixon Hughes Goodman LLPRockwell CollinsWal-Mart Stores, Inc., American Marketing AssociationJohn Deere FoundationCIGNAADPEdison International (on behalf of the California State University System), Lincoln Financial GroupAerotekTEKsystems(operating companies of Allegis Group)American Accounting AssociationThe Hershey CompanyAcademy of ManagementNASBAOCWEN and Thrivent Financial

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Scholarship Opportunity: Nominate Exceptional Teens for McDonald's USA Community Choice Youth Award


McDonald’s will award two $10,000 scholarships, one to a male recipient and one to a female recipient, ages13-18, who are making a difference in their communities through vision, compassion and diligence that result in significant local, national or global impact. Nominators must complete an entry form, answer three questions about the nominee, and submit a three-minute video highlighting his or her contribution to the community. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 31, 2016. Visit to nominate a teen who is making a difference in their community. 

They will be honored alongside celebrities, philanthropists and influencers at the 13th annual McDonald's 365Black Awards, taking place in New Orleans during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®. Last year's winners were Tori Turner and Aaron Johnson, 17 and 14 years old respectively. Turner is a philanthropist, motivational speaker, author and actress. She has raised over $16,000 through her non-profit Tori Turner's D.R.E.A.M. Big Foundation. Johnson is the author of two books, owner of a production company and a volunteer speaker for the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

McDonald's 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company's 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. To learn more about the Community Choice Youth Award, please visit and follow @365Black on Twitter, using the hashtag #365BlackAwards.


National Society of Black Engineers Receives $2 Million Grant from Northrop Grumman Foundation

 New Program Aims to Widen the Pipeline to Engineering Careers from HBCUs

Chairman Neville receives the 2 million dollar check on stage from Northrop Grumman Corporate Vice President, Darryl M Fraser. (Image: Grant Martin)


ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) have launched a three-year, $2-million program designed to expand the nation’s engineering workforce through a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Northrop Grumman Corporation/NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program, funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will provide 72 engineering students with $8,000 scholarship grants, internships with Northrop Grumman and year-round academic and professional development support. The program’s three HBCU partners — Florida A&M University, Howard University and North Carolina A&T State University — will receive grants, technical assistance and a package of programs researched and managed by NSBE, to increase their already high capacity to recruit, retain and graduate engineers. NSBE is one of the largest student-governed professional societies based in the United States.

Executives of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corporation presented the $2-million grant to NSBE’s National Executive Board on March 26, during NSBE’s 42nd Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. The presidents of the NSBE chapters at Florida A&M, Howard and North Carolina A&T also joined the presentation. The convention drew more than 11,000 attendees to address the theme “Engineering a Cultural Change.” NSBE’s more than 31,000 members are dedicated to the Society’s mission: “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

“Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to helping improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to ensure a future workforce that can protect our nation and maintain our global leadership,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman vice president, global corporate responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.  “Our partnership with NSBE will help us achieve that goal and develop the pipeline of diverse talent that is so important to our company and our society’s future.”

“Our sincere thanks to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for this generous investment in our mission,” said NSBE National Chair Neville Green. “The student leadership of NSBE is excited about this program’s potential to move us toward the goals of our strategic plan and support HBCUs in the process. Initiatives such as this, with strong strategic partners, will be critical, as we seek to increase the number of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients in engineering from 3,500 to 10,000 annually over the next nine years.”

“We are delighted to receive this endorsement of our work from one of America’s most innovative companies,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “For years, we have spoken about the vital role that engineering diversity plays in our national economy and national security. Northrop Grumman’s investment in this program illustrates that they understand the need exists and are willing to do something about it. This fact is reflected not only in their longtime support of NSBE but also in the high ratings the company receives from our membership.”

The first cohort of 24 Northrop Grumman Corporation/NSBE scholars will be selected in December, and their participation in the Pipeline Program will be kicked off with a summit meeting in March 2017, during NSBE’s 43rd Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo. Summer internships for the first cohort will begin in May 2017.

An Evening of Unique Entertainment: "FlipSide Miami" Presented by the Dade County Links

MIAMI –In one week, nationally-recognized entertainers Marshall Davis Jr., Afra Hines, and Don Seward will headline "FlipSideMiami" presented by the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host an evening of spectacular national and local entertainment featuring a diverse group of talented artists hailing from a cross-section of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. It’s the "FlipSide Miami" – an evening of fun and relaxation celebrating individuals from various professions with extraordinary artistic talents.

The performers will take the stage of the Florida Memorial University Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, 15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. dazzling the audience with their artistic acumen and exceptional talents. If you want to see the "FlipSide" of some of South Florida’s most recognizable and well-known professionals and civic leaders, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Some of the performers include journalist and sportscaster Jim Berry, community leader and pastor Bishop Victor T. Curry, UTD President Fedrick Ingram, Oscar Thomas Foundation Founder Dr. Nanci Thomas, and many more. The evening will also feature performancesby world-renowned tap dancer Marshall Davis Jr., nationally recognized stage actor and singer Don Seward II, and returning for the second year of FlipSide Miami national stage and film actor Afra Hines.

"We are so excited about"FlipSideMiami", said chapter president Tammy Reed. "This night of entertainment gives us an opportunity to cheer our friends and colleagues as they showcase their hidden and not-so-hidden talents. But most important of all, this event will help us raise funds to award scholarships to students who want to pursue their dreams of a college education. There’s nothing more gratifying."

Proceeds from "FlipSide Miami"will help support the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated scholarship fund and community programming such as its successful Lean Forward with Mentoring initiative and partnership with Florida Memorial University.For ticket information, visit, or email [email protected].


What’s Happening this Weekend? Politics, Football, FAMily and Fun!

President Clinton campaigns for Gov. Charlie Crist in Miami-Dade County. FILE photo: Florida Politics

This is the weekend after Labor Day, school has started and one would think our schedules allowed us more breathing room but that is not the case. This is a super busy weekend and that can be measured by the number of places Gov. Charlie Crist visits as he continues to unleash his historic re-election campaign. Crist, a Republican turned Independent and now Democrat could become the first person to hold the top elected position in the State of Florida as a Republican and a Democrat. The Crist Campaign has brought out the really big guns in the person of President William Jefferson Clinton so let’s hope that motivates eligible voters to register and registered voters to get out and vote.  

One of the largest high school football games will be played tonight at Traz Powell Stadium as the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes take on the Miami Central Rockets. Traz Powell is far too small a venue for a game with such a large fan base; SunLife Stadium is too large and FIU Stadium is too far in distance. Too bad that wasn’t considered prior to the demolition of the Orange Bowl or perhaps it was and the powers that be didn’t give a hoot about how inner-city black communities would be impacted.


By the way, the football game tickets with Miami misspelled, really should not have been sold. Mistakes can happen but that’s why there should be quality control procedures in place to catch items are made available for the public. I could go on and on about how this mistake results in derogatory comments about black schools but I think you get my point. One little misspelled might not seem like a big deal but it is.   


The Florida A&M University Rattlers play the University of Miami Hurricanes Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Since FAMU no longer presents the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami, when the team is here to play, the game results in a big celebration by local FAMU alumni and supporters. Several FAMU students from the Miami area will travel back home for the experience.  

There are several activities included on the list of official list of Florida A&M University-sanctioned events for this weekend: 

Friday, September 5

8PM - Set Fridays II - An evening of networking and music with DJ and FAMU alum “Ed the World Famous,” Fate Lounge - Gulfstream Park, 601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Admission - $20. Presented by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. 

Scholarship Gala featuring FAMU President Dr. Elmira Mangum, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 Southeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131, Admission - $85. Presented by the Gold Coast Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.

Saturday, September 6

9AM - Scholarship & Recruitment Workshop, Featuring Florida A&M University President Dr. Elmira Mangum, the famous performing troup, FAMU Connection, and FAMU student leaders. Scholarships will be awarded on the spot! The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, Admission - FREE. Presented by Florida A&M University in partnership with the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. 

Noon - Rattlers Strike in the Gardens - Join the Rattlers before the FAMU/UM football game for an afternoon of music, food and fun featuring health and wellness presentations and local vendors. Betty T. Ferguson Recreational complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056, Admission - FREE or VIP $30. Presented by the City of Miami Gardens and the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.  

7PM - Football Game - Florida A&M Rattlers vs. University of Miami Hurricanes, featuring the halftime performance of the Marching 100. Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL and ESP3. 

Except for the football game, profits from these events will fund scholarships for deserving students at Florida A&M so please support events that support FAMU.  


Journalist, commentator, motivational speaker and author Jeff Johnson and several hundred youth will invade Florida Memorial University on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, for a South Florida #HacktotheFuture Youth Summit YouthTown Hall Meeting and tech workshops. This is an excellent event for your teen.

Have an awesome and safe weekend! 




Scholarship opportunity to increase diversity in healthcare

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women and Macy's are awarding 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of diverse healthcare professionals while improving culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.

The Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarships are part of Macy's Multicultural Fund, which was created in 2009 to increase diversity in the medical field.  Macy's is the founding national sponsor of the association's Go Red For Women® and Go Red Por Tu Corazón awareness campaigns.

Registration for the 2014-2015 Multicultural Scholarship is open and can be accessed by visiting

"At Macy's, we are deeply committed to supporting diversity throughout everything we do," said Holly Thomas, Macy's Group Vice President of Media Relations and Cause Marketing. "As the founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, we are able to extend our reach into an underserved population. This includes raising awareness and creating long-term impact by helping increase diversity within the next generation of health care professionals who we know provide life-saving support to a multicultural population.

The scholarship program -- now in its third year -- champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in medical, nursing and allied health studies to better meet the cultural needs of racially diverse patients.

The number of minority medical school graduates is increasing steadily, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Among 17,341 medical school graduates in 2012, 1,163 were African-American, 1,294 Hispanic and 3,721 Asian.

However, the figures are still low compared with the population at large. For example, according to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Census Bureau:

  • Only 5.4 percent of African-American and 3.6 percent of Hispanic nurses in the nation are registered nurses
  • In contrast, African-Americans are 13 percent of the nation's population, and Hispanics or Latinos make up 17 percent
  • Minorities represent almost 37 percent of the U.S. population in total

Meanwhile, census demographics indicate that minority population growth is expected to increase in relation to whites in the coming years. 

"The numbers speak for themselves, as the demographics change and more ethnically and racially diverse populations grow, there will definitely continue to be a need for healthcare providers who mirror these patients," said Eva Gomez, MSN RN-BC CPN and scholarship judge.  "Having more ethnically and racially diverse providers will make it possible to deliver healthcare that is meaningful, culturally appropriate and in the context of the person, thus making it patient and family-centered care." 

Numerous ethnic groups — including African-Americans and Hispanics — are at higher risk for heart disease.  Therefore, breaking the cultural and language barriers among patients and healthcare providers can lead to better health care.

"The patient's cultural identification, spiritual affiliation, language and gender can all affect the care they need, and their behavioral responses to illness," Dr. Deidre Woods-Walton, National President for National Black Nurses Association.

"Throughout my 20-year career in healthcare, I've learned that having a cultural connection between patients and healthcare providers, impacts the provider-patient dynamic," agreed Gomez.  "The way in which healthcare providers, who look and sound like their patients, connect with them makes a positive impact on how patients and families respond, consult and accept healthcare guidance and care."

For more information, visit


2014 Visual Arts Scholarship Opportunity. Deadline 5/9



Graduating Seniors Majoring in Visual Arts

Deadline Extension

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a Visual Arts Graduating Senior of African American Descent. Deadline to apply has been extended to May 9th. Recipient will be announced May 16th. This scholarship has been made possible by the Essie Silva Memorial Fund at the Miami Foundation.APPLY HERE!

FAMU Scholarship & Recruitment Tour, March 10 @ Lyric Theater

I'm hoping all my local Florida A&M University alums will come out and support the 2014 Florida A&M University Scholarship & Recruitment Tour as it stops at Miami's Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex in Overtown at 6:30pm on Monday, March 10, 2014. Almost $200,000 in scholarships were given out to qualified local students last year. All interested students, parents, alumni and education advocates are invited. The University's performing troupe, the FAMU Connection, is always entertaining and the newly renovated Lyric Theater is the perfect setting for this auspicious occasion.
Please note the change in location from previous advertisements. Construction at the Joseph Caleb Center forced the location change. The Lyric Theater is located at 819 Northwest Second Avenue, Miami. If you haven't seen the Lyric through the Black Archives' Lyric Live! talent competition, this a golden opportunity to do so.
We also need to preserve our rich local history by supporting the Black Archives but we'll talk more about that later. A special shout out to FAMU alum and former Marching 100 drum major Timothy Barber, executive director of The Black Archives. GO RATTLERS!
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Florida A&M University Medical Scholars Program


Florida A&M University has just launched the inaugural cohort of the Medical Scholars Program for Fall 2013. With the start of this cohort, so follows the preparation and recruitment of the next cohort for fall 2014.

If you know of a particularly talented/intellectually-gifted high school senior intent on attending Florida A&M University and subsequent medical school, please contact Florida A&M University Division of Academic Affairs. The Medical Scholars Program at Florida A&M University provides a specialized four-year curriculum in pre-medical biology or pre-medical chemistry. Some applicants will also receive a provisional acceptance into the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. This program is for incoming fall 2014 freshmen only.

The students for this program has earned a minimum 3.50 un-weighted high school GPA, 1800 or better SAT score or 27 or better ACT score. Application packets are updated annually and only available from Florida A&M University Division of Academic Affairs. 

Questions should be directed to (850) 599-8503 or Dr. Michael Smith at [email protected].