Tuskegee University named August school of the month

Updated: 8/3/2015 9:50 AM CST

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Tuskegee University, located in Tuskegee, Al., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for August.

The University was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington on July 4, 1881. Dr. Washington was also the University’s first teacher. From a one room shanty to more than 100 major buildings and structures, the past 125 years has been a testament to its mission of being a service to the people through the education of the hand, heart, and mind.

Tuskegee offers over 50 degrees including 39 Bachelor’s, 13 Master’s, and 2 Doctor’s of Philosophy. The programs have points of distinction such as the number one producer of African-American aerospace science engineers in the nation, the only historically black college or university with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine that offers the Doctoral Degree, and the largest producer of African-Americans with baccalaureate degrees in Math, Science and Engineering in Alabama.

The institution was the first black college to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark and is the only college or university campus in the nation to be designated a National Historic Site by the U.S. Congress.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Distinguished alumni include: Tom Joyner, nationally-syndicated radio personality; Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter, and entertainer; Alice Coachman, Olympic gold medalist; Ralph Ellison, author, scholar, literary writer, Robert Benham, 1st Black Georgia Supreme Court Judge; and Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s State Attorney.

Get social! Stay connected with the campaign’s efforts by using the hashtag: #SkegeeBestBrightest.

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Kian Phillips , Sophomore at University of the District of Columbia Receives $1,500 Scholarship

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[Dallas, TX – July 30,2015 ]

Student: Kian Phillips

GPA :3.5

Hometown : Washington, D.C

Major/ Class: Business Management / Sophomore

Kian, a Sophomore at University of the District of Columbia was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Phillips is originally from Washington, D.C. and he currently holds a 3.5 GPA at UDC. Once he receives his  degree from UDC, he wants to get into the entertainment industry such as sports and music.

The few people who have influenced his life have been his Mother, twin sister, brother and grandmother.  He says that they have shaped the man who is today.

Favorite Quote : “Keep Moving Forward”

Guess Which HBCU Received a $500,000 Grant from 21st Century Fox.

 

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Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has received a $500,000 challenge grant from 21st Century Fox.

The center, originally established through funding from the John S. and James L Knight foundation is designed to help Hampton University students learn about mass media and various ways of distributing it. The grant will cover digital media projects by students, which include producing research, business plans, media products such as apps, and also assist in placing graduates in digital media jobs.

The Center’s mission is to foster diversity within digital media, and provide a nurturing environment to students, while encouraging entrepreneurship.  “The invaluable work done by Hampton’s Center for Innovation in Digital Media underscores the need to empower young people with the necessary tools to realize their dreams within the creative industries, and we are immensely proud to be a part of that process.” stated Julie Henderson Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of 21st Century Fox

Brett Pulley, Dean of the Scripps Howard School noted, “This generous grant not only recognizes the extraordinary potential that these students possess, it also challenges other media companies to step up and acknowledge that the future of the industry is dependent upon developing a broad and diverse workforce. This challenge grant will help us establish a program that will place our students among the great young minds now focused on creating new media platforms and pioneering the future of our industry.” The grant which is conditional, is dependent upon Hampton University raising a matching amount of $500,000. To make a contribution to Hampton University click here

 

Savannah State University receives $91,236 grant from the U.S. Department of Education

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         Savannah State University (SSU) has received a $91,236 grant award from the U.S. Department of Education for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program.

This grant will support overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.

Leading the program is Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, Ph.D., director of the International Education Center and professor of political science at SSU. Joining Naniuzeyi is M. Ann Levett, Ed.D., chief academic officer of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).

“This grant will directly benefit the faculty of SSU and teachers in the SCCPSS,” Naniuzeyi says. SCCPSS and SSU have a large number of African American students who need to know more about the connection between Savannah and West Africa.” The project targets professors and teachers who can expose students to this knowledge.

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program to be pursued at SSU will underscore the historically significant relationship that exists between Savannah and the West Coast of Africa with emphasis on Ghana exposing participants to the Twi language. In spring of 2016, a group of 13 educators from SSU and SCCPSS will travel to Ghana for four weeks to do research, conduct workshops and attend lectures on Ghana’s history and culture, including lectures, workshops, visits to historic, meetings with kings and an introduction to Twi. Upon their return, the information and materials collected in Ghana will contribute to curriculum development at both SSU and the public school system in order to enhance students’ knowledge in social studies.

About Savannah State University

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.  The university’s 4,900 students select majors from 27 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education. Savannah State University was The Tom Joyner Foundation’s August 2013 School of The Month, if you would like to donate to SSU click here

Media Inquiries: email Loretta Heyward at heywardl@savannahstate.edu or call her at: (912) 358-3049

 

Robert Freter, Biology Major at XULA Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


[Dallas, TX – July 23]

Student: Robert Freter

GPA :3.86

Hometown : Ann Arbor, MI

Major/ Class: Biology / Sophomore

Robert, a Sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Robert Freter  Mr. Freter is originally from Ann Arbor, MI and he currently holds a 3.86 GPA at the  Xavier University of Louisiana. Once he receives his Bachelors of Science degree from Xavier,  he plans to continue his education at a top ranked medical school and become a Physician.

He believes that student should not only be great in the classroom but also a servant leader at their  university and community.

On campus he  has serves Brothers Empowered to Teach , Homecoming court Fall 2015 (First  Gentleman) , Chemical Research  and Volunteering at Touro Hospital.

The few people who have influenced his life have been his parents. They have been his inspiration  and have worked tirelessly to give him the best life possible and all he wants to do is make them proud  and spoil them once his earn my degrees.

Quote : “By any means necessary” – Malcolm X

 

Biology Major, Robert Freter at XULA Receives the $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


[Dallas, TX – July 23]

Student: Robert Freter

GPA :3.86

Hometown : Ann Arbor, MI

Major/ Class: Biology / Sophomore

Robert, a Sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Robert Freter  Mr. Freter is originally from Ann Arbor, MI and he currently holds a 3.86 GPA at the  Xavier University of Louisiana. Once he receives his Bachelors of Science degree from Xavier,  he plans to continue his education at a top ranked medical school and become a Physician.

He believes that student should not only be great in the classroom but also a servant leader at their  university and community.

On campus he  has serves Brothers Empowered to Teach , Homecoming court Fall 2015 (First  Gentleman) , Chemical Research  and Volunteering at Touro Hospital.

The few people who have influenced his life have been his parents. They have been his inspiration  and have worked tirelessly to give him the best life possible and all he wants to do is make them proud  and spoil them once his earn my degrees.

Quote : “By any means necessary” – Malcolm X

 

Scholarships With August Deadlines

 

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As the fall school year is about to begin, here is a chance to apply for  scholarship that are available that have August deadlines. We have a list of Scholarships Open to all students. Check them out below and apply!

2015 USABA Scholarship Program
Sponsor: United States Association of Blind Athletes
Amount: $500
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled or enrolling in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school as a full time student. Applicant must be a USABA member and legally blind.

ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest
Sponsor: Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA)
Amount: $250
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Contestant must submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and contributions of the Americans who fought in support of the Spanish Republic from 1936 and 1938

Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: Appel Law Firm LLP
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicant must have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else’s accident.

Belltown Spine and Wellness Scholarship
Sponsor: Belltown Spine and Wellness
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who are citizens and legal residents of the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to healthcare.

Brilliance Scholarship
Sponsor: Brilliance, LLC
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to college students of all majors. Applicant must create a diamond ring design and give a short description of the design and the inspiration behind the design.

Cascade HealthCareSolutions Scholarship
Sponsor: Cascade HealthCareSolutions
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university or high school students who have been accepted into a college and plan to study nursing.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: PCB Solutions
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at an accredited American university or college with a minimum GPA of at least 2.5. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the global economy.

Free Speech Scholarship
Sponsor: Miller Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at an accredited technical school, college, or university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on the topic, “Freedom of Speech makes America Great.”

IDDBA’s Scholarship for Growing the Future
Sponsor: International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association
Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current full- or part-time employees of an IDDBA-member company. Applicant must work a minimum of 13 hours per week during the school year for an IDDBA-member company to be eligible. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or current or returning college or vocational/technical school student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

 

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Actress Phylicia Rashad To Address Tuskegee Graduates During Summer Commencement

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For Immediate Release:

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 20, 2015)

An award-winning actress and educator, Phylicia Rashad will address the Class of 2015 during this year’s summer commencement, Friday, July 31. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. CST in Tuskegee University Chapel. Rashad portrayed Claire Huxtable, a popular TV character whose appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for more than two decades.

While television was a catalyst in the rise of Rashad’s career, she has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent such as “Jelly’s Last Jam, “Into The Woods,” “Dreamgirls,” and “The Wiz”. She also has earned several accolades as a dramatic actress and director. She performed Violet Weston in “August Osage County”, Big Mama in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Aunt Ester in August Wilson’s “Gem Of The Ocean,”(Tony Award nomination) and Queen Britannia in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” at Lincoln Center.

Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance as Lena Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun.”  She appeared in Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds”, and starred in Perry’s highly acclaimed film version of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.”

She made her directorial debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater with August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.” She directed Ebony Repertory Theater’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun in the spring of 2011.” She has also directed Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (2014 NAACP Theater Award for Best Director) and “Fences at the Longwharf Theatre” at the McCarter Theater. She will return to the Mark Taper Forum this season to direct Paul Oakley Stovall’s “Immediate Family.”

Respected in academia, Rashad is the first recipient of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham University. She also teaches master classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon.

A native of Houston, Texas, Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University. She is the recipient of the 2015 BET Honors Theatrical Arts Award. Her other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts, the National Council of Negro Women’s Dorothy L. Height Dreammaker Award, Peoples’ Choice Awards, several NAACP Image Awards, and the Pan African Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

POTUS Releases Statement on Passing of Dr. George Cooper former SC State President

Statement by the President on the Passing of Dr. George Cooper

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Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. George Cooper, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As a native of Tallahassee, FL, George’s love of education and HBCUs began as a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, continuing his education at Tuskegee University and receiving his Ph. D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana. George spent the majority of his life ensuring that students at our nation’s HBCUs were receiving a quality education and had the necessary resources to succeed and make their communities and our country better. He served on the faculty at several universities including Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University and as President of South Carolina State University. His service extended beyond working with students at institutions. For 17 years, he worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, ensuring that HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions were receiving adequate resources to strengthen research and academic programs. George’s passing is a great loss for my Administration, the HBCU and higher education communities and for everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Diane, family and friends during this difficult time.

FAMU and participating universities make historic appearance before Congress

Updated: 7/16/2015 12:00 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2015

President Elmira Mangum to Congress: FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

FAMU and Other 1890 Land-grant Universities Make Historic Appearance Before House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11).

Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Tuskegee University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

1890 land-grant universities

There are 19, 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs) in the U.S. The Second Morrill Act, which was passed 125 years ago by Congress on August 30, 1890, created a network of historically Black colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all, through innovative scientific research and community-minded extension programs.

The landmark legislation established the funding mechanism and framework for opening access to education for African Americans. The University’s land-grant status and the federal funding that followed have created ladders of opportunity for underserved and limited resource communities and farmers in North Florida, and especially FAMU students seeking careers in agricultural industry and research.   

The hearing coincided with a week-long series of events centered on the critical role these universities play in promoting research, outreach, teaching, and economic development in this country. Participants include representatives from Fortune 500 companies, agri-businesses, legislators, representatives from the 1890-universities, and agency heads involved in promoting research and development.

Mangum and the Committee

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Rep. Gwen Graham (FL-2) shaking the hand of Dr. Elmira Mangum, FAMU president.

Mangum was introduced in the Committee meeting by Rep. Gwen Graham (FL-2), who praised FAMU for its history of excellence and for “leading the way in innovative research.”

Mangum begin her remarks by thanking Congress for providing FAMU, and the other 18 LGUs, with the funding that has enabled the University to fulfill its land-grant mission and become a major research university that holds nine agricultural patents and is undertaking groundbreaking research and outreach throughout Florida, the nation, and the world. 

“The strength of Florida’s agriculture is due, in part, to the strength of the state’s two land-grant institutions – Florida A&M University and the University of Florida.”

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