Students enrolled in Harris-Stowe State University’s summer bridge program will see academic opportunities and experiential learning increase next year, thanks to a $250,000 gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and its founding family.
Xavier University of Louisiana recently announced a $1 million gift from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation to support the upkeep of the school’s chapel and merit and need-based scholarships for students from New Orleans.
The announcement preceded a $500,000 gift announced by West Virginia State University from the John L. Dickinson Family in support of the school’s soon-to-launch undergraduate nursing program.
They are just two gifts from families with ties to the cities and states where these HBCUs are located, but they are a positive sign of how HBCUs nationwide can find new support from diverse groups of advocates.
Noted historian Henry Louis Gates has donated more than 14,000 of his personal literary volumes to Spelman College, in what school officials are calling the single largest recorded literary donation ever made to any historically black institution.
Charitable giving and grantmaking to historically black colleges and universities increased for the third consecutive year in 2016, while enrollment declines which had annually exceeded more than 10,000 students for several years were just over 1,000 for the second straight year.
Good of All, a nonprofit organization committed to educating citizens about human rights and freedoms recently announced the launch of the Universal Rights Scholarship Program, named for civil rights advocacy leaders and HBCU alumnus Martin Luther King Jr.
Four historically black colleges – Clark Atlanta University, Morgan State University, Morehouse College and Paine College – will receive initial $4,000 investments will fund scholarship grants to students who work to promote awareness of individual freedoms in their scholarship and professional pursuits.
“Dr. King’s dream was that everyone should have those universal rights that are the inalienable birthright of all humanity. This scholarship program is an investment in future generations of leaders who can help to ensure that his dream and social conscience live on,” said Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D., founder, Good of All.
The MLK Universal Rights Scholarship Program and the Andrew Young Foundation Scholarship is a joint project with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council of Georgia. The first round of scholarships will be awarded April 4, 2019.
Houston Rockets all-pro guard James Harden recently donated $100,000 to Texas Southern University in support of student scholarships.
FOX 26 in Houston broke the story on the major gift, coming just two months after the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference launched an inaugural skills combine for HBCU players from the two historically black conferences.
North Carolina Central University graduates leaving the university after the year 2000 comprised its largest group of donors during its last fiscal year, as the school this week reported receiving more than $7.2 million raised in private support of scholarships, operations, and research initiatives.
Officials say more than 7,000 donors contributed to the mark, with millennial alumni giving making up more than 40 percent of the group responsible for $2.5 million in gifts from graduates during its ‘Every Eagle, Every Year’ annual giving campaign.
“Thanks to our generous contributors, NCCU continues to advance in providing high quality education to students,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D. “Every gift makes a difference in the lives of students and expands the impact of this great university on the world.”
It is the second consecutive year of record giving from millennial alumni and an increase from last year’s total fundraising mark of $6.5 million.
“A successful fundraising year is always exciting, especially one that includes new donors,” said Harriet Frink Davis, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “NCCU’s culture of philanthropy is continuously developing. The continued success of NCCU’s annual giving campaign is the result of the commitment and generosity of our alumni and supporters.”
Rideshare corporation Lyft has announced an exclusive collegiate partnership with Paul Quinn College, committing to donate one percent of all rides to and from the campus towards the school’s work program.
Officials say the partnership will improve personal and professional development opportunities for students and community members, as the program will provide rides to specific sites throughout the metroplex region for work internships. Lyft will also serve as a transportation consult to the college, which is working to encourage rideshare and other entrepreneurial opportunities for community members in the surrounding area.
“We are incredibly excited to combine our innovative higher education practices with Lyft’s groundbreaking leadership in the transportation space,” stated Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College. “We have had great respect and admiration for Lyft ever since Adrian Fenty (former Mayor of Washington, DC) and Veronica Juarez (Head of Enterprise Initiatives at Lyft) introduced us to the company several years ago.”
Paul Quinn is the first historically black college to implement a federally supported work program, connecting students with surrounding corporations and industries to spur development of workplace skills and experience. The program reduces student loan debt and encourages professional marketability for graduates.
“We are thrilled to partner with Paul Quinn College to provide students of the Work Program affordable and reliable on-demand rides when they need them,” said Gyre Renwick, head of enterprise partnerships at Lyft.”
A brother and sister who continued their parents’ legacy of learning at Tennessee State University have donated $250,000 to create similar opportunities for future TSU students, bringing their total lifetime support of the school to $500,000. [Read more…] about Siblings Latest Gift Totals $500K in Support of Tennessee State