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Study: Marshall graduates more African-Americans

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A new study shows African-American students at Marshall University graduate at a higher rate than other schools around the country.

The report by the Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based group, says African-American students graduate from Marshall at the same rate as white students. The report is based on six years of information from hundreds of private and public universities.

Marshall’s Maurice Cooley says it’s no surprise the school is doing better. Cooley tells The Herald-Dispatch that Marshall is committed to providing African-American students with a supportive environment. Cooley directs Marshall’s Center for African-American Students’ Programs.

Marshall has about 800 African-American students.


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October 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Kyle Burton is a million dollar scholar

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By Joia Williamson, The St. Louis American

Kyle R. Burton was driven and did not want to lay a burden on his parents in paying for his college education.

So he accumulated over $1 million in scholarship offers from different colleges and universities, plus additional funds from various organizations.

“I’m glad that my parents don’t have to deal with me being a financial burden. They paid a lot of money early on for me,” Burton said.

Burton applied to several colleges and universities, mostly Historical Black Colleges and Universities like Morehouse College, Texas A&M University and Hampton University.

In the end, he settled on Howard University. On Friday he left for Washington, D.C. with plans to major in biology and pre-medicine. Burton would like to participate in Doctors without Borders in the future.

Burton has a full ride to the university through its Laureate Scholarship. The scholarship pays for everything, including room, board and a book stipend. Burton will only pay for the university’s entry fee of $100. Burton has set aside the money from working in the summer.

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August 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm

UNCF sends 33 local scholars to college

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By Joia Williamson, The St. Louis American

Incoming freshmen and returning college students in the St. Louis area attended the United Negro College Fund Reception last week to receive their scholarships. In total, 33 recipients were honored.

East St. Louis Senior High School graduate Daryl Williams received funds from UNCF to attend Jackson State. A church member notified him about scholarship opportunities, and John E. Armstrong, UNCF area development director, helped him too.

“It feels great, especially through hardships. I’m truly blessed,” Williams said.

Williams decided to attend an HBCU to be around other African-American students who have goals to become successful professionals.

“I wanted to be around positive African Americans like myself. That’ll be a good experience,” Williams said.

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August 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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Teen Accepted into Four Ivy League Universities

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By Yolanda Sangweni, ESSENCE

Marie-Fatima Hyacinthe never dreamed she would be attending an Ivy League university, much less have to choose from four. Born and raised in the working class neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, the 17-year-old student was (and still is) in shock after finding out she was accepted into Harvard, Yale, Brown and University of Pennsylvania. She decided on Harvard.

She spoke with about choosing to go to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s alma mater, and the lessons her parents taught her about education.  Can you tell us about finding out you had been accepted into Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Brown?

MARIE-FATIMA HYACINTHE: I’m still in shock. My friends were really excited and said they weren’t surprised, but I was.

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ASU grant to help recruit African American male students

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by Melissa Tune, WRDW

youngblackmaleThere’s been some progress, but the numbers show that when it comes to getting a college degree, African American males continue to rank last. That’s why Augusta State University is hoping that a $20,000 “African American Initiative” grant will help.

Back in 2005, fewer than eight percent of African America males graduated from college.That number hasn’t changed that much since then, but ASU is hoping this grant will help some young men get an education and get ahead in life.

Sterling Wimberly could have been anywhere on Monday night, but he chose to be inside a classroom at ASU. The sophomore Marketing major serves in the National Guard and he’s commutes to campus. Somehow, he gets it all done.

“It is getting harder for young African American students to get into college,” Wimberly told News 12. “Not only get into college, but stay in college once they get in there.”

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October 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Xavier prez celebrates 40 years at the helm

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by Louisiana Weekly
normanfrancisThe Xavier University family, alumni and supporters paused last week to pay tribute to its visionary leader, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, as he marked the 40th anniversary of his tenure as its leader.

Former Xavier students, professors and administrators and luminaries who have crossed paths with Dr. Francis over the past four decades attended a star-studded gala featuring legendary singer Gladys Knight and comedian Bill Cosby  held Friday, Nov. 21, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in his honor.

As president of the nation’s only historically Black, Catholic university since 1968, Francis has guided Xavier’s growth both in size and dimension. During his tenure, the University has more than doubled its enrollment, broadened its curriculum, expanded its campus, and strengthened its financial base. Its tradition of academic excellence has been further enhanced. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 5, 2008 at 8:19 am

ESSENCE and The Sallie Mae Fund Award $25,000 to ‘Generation Next’ Scholarship Winners

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by Market Watch

ESSENCE Magazine and The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, today announced the five winners of the “Generation Next” $25,000 scholarship competition. Each of these young African-American women will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from The Sallie Mae Fund, will attend the first-annual ESSENCE Young Women Leadership Conference and will be featured in the October issue of ESSENCE magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22, 2008 at 12:39 am