Dr. James Frank

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – In October of 2020, the NCAA donated $10,000 to establish a scholarship in the name of a devoted alumnus and longtime supporter of collegiate athletics. Dr. James Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund honors the only Lincoln University (MO) alumnus to serve as President of Lincoln University. The scholarship will assist full-time undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Dr. James Frank graduated from Lincoln University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. An athlete and athletics fan at heart, Frank, a Pennsylvania native, came to Lincoln on a basketball scholarship. After spending time in military service and completing his graduate degree, Frank returned to Lincoln University in 1956 as an assistant professor and assistant basketball coach. He was named Head Basketball Coach in 1959. His academic and career aspirations led him to Springfield College, Hunter College and Medgar Evers College before his return once again to his alma mater as the 14th President of Lincoln University in 1973.

During his Presidency, Frank was active in the NCAA as a committee member, secretary-treasurer and president, marking his place in history as the first African American and first college president to hold those positions. After then years as President of Lincoln University, he became Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletics Conference (SWAC) serving from 1983 until 1998 and again as Interim Commissioner from 2001 to 2002. Frank passed away in January 2019.

“Dr. James Frank was a friend to many, but to Lincoln University, he was family,” said Jerald Jones Woolfolk, President of Lincoln University. “We thank the NCAA for their recognition of Dr. James Frank for his commitment to collegiate athletics and his devotion to Lincoln University.”


About Lincoln University of Missouri
Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

(CHICAGO, IL) – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), a educational advocacy organization is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that unleash the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Giving Tuesday will kick-off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Tuesday, December 1st, and throughout the year. The organization’s set fundraising goal is $50,000 to support initiative programming and provide scholarships to students at HBCUs and MSIs.

HCF whose mission is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, initiative programming, and services at HBCUs and MSIs has joined the global day to meet its fundraising goal of $50,000 to support initiative programs and scholarship funds that impact its advocacy efforts in support of students, HBCUs, and MSIs as well as to further the organization’s mission. We believe that this global movement can impact the org’s advocacy efforts.

“The HBCU Campaign Fund wants to continue to strengthen its advocacy mission for HBCUs, MSIs and higher education. Our organization will keep going to be among one of the leading that inspire and transform the HBCU and MSI community and assisting to reduce the financial burden on a students’ education,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., HCF’s president and CEO, Founder. “With the help of our supporters, we believe we can do it to continue to be an asset to supporting the important assignment that our HBCU and Minority-serving institutions take on daily and that’s to provide a quality education to a Black and diverse population of students. The set fundraising goal will provide the leverage for our organization to strengthen our philanthropy ability to overcome and continue supporting our students, and higher ed institutions.”

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, you can join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speak about why you support HCF as a HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingTuesday. You can sign-up to volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador to provide HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign and share the #GivingTuesday socia media post/flyers (pictured below) on social media.

Those who are interested in supporting HCF’s Giving Tuesday initiative can visit the campaign page by clicking here. The organization has identified four scholarship funds and initiative programs that donors can assist with in reaching its goals to continue benefiting students and our partners.

  • Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour
  • The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Campus Student Ambassador Program
  • HBCU General Scholarship

Higher education can be debt of students in accomplishing their goals. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, the campaign for students, HBCUs and MSIs is vital. We are asking for your support and we hope that you choose HCF as your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday, December 1st!


About HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that support the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundred of million people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Fore more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated has gifted Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science with a $20,000 gift to provide scholarships to deserving students attending the university. The donation will fund the Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund honoring the visionary leadership of 25th Far Western Regional Director Carol R. Dixon.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund will be awarded to two students per semester in $500 disbursements. Eligibility for the scholarship will be based on financial need, residency (student must reside within one of the nine states representing Alpha Kappa Alpha Far Western Region) and community service.

Carol R. Dixon, 25th Far Western Regional Director, is honored to continue the legacy of giving that Alpha Kappa Alpha has maintained for over 112 years. Regarding the gift, she said, “Charles R. Drew University is the only Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI) in California and remains one of our favorite partners. I am beyond honored to support this historic institution and contribute to the education and accomplishments of students so worthy of this assistance. Alpha Kappa Alpha has made many ground-breaking strides in the support of medicine and health equity. This scholarship is another step in maintaining that legacy.”

“We are grateful for this gift from Alpha Kappa Alpha and deeply appreciative that this esteemed national sorority shares our vision for the importance of education and the drive for health equity, particularly in low-income communities of color,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “I also want to extend my personal thanks to the 25th Western Region’s Director Carol R. Dixon for her leadership and long-time support of our University and mission.”

The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. consists of chapters in nine states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), which constitutes the Sorority’s largest geographic region.


About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.” For more information, visit www.aka1908.com.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, non-profit student-centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and American Airlines are proud to offer urgent financial assistance in the form of need-based scholarships to college seniors graduating in May of 2020 at one of the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) within TMCF’s 47 member-school network. Applicants should be in good academic standing and at risk of not graduating due to an outstanding financial need. Three students will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $2,250 for 2019-2020 academic school year (which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a senior at a TMCF member-school during the 2019-2020 academic school year.
  • Confirmed graduating senior in May 2020.
  • Current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Able to demonstrate a financial need.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident or passport stamped I-551.

How to Apply

All Applicants Must:

  • Provide a copy of the 2019-2020 FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • Provide the transcript (official or unofficial) for your most recently completed academic term-this should include your end of Fall 2019 grades and cumulative GPA
  • Please upload a current resume (highlighting community service and leadership abilities)
  • Answer the following question(s) (Maximum of 500 words per question):
    • Tell us about your current financial situation. Why it is critical that you receive this funding?
    • What is your intended career path after graduation?
    • How are you preparing to accomplish your career goals and what impact do your hope to achieve?

Application Dates

This application opens February 24, 2020, and closes April 5, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)

(PHOTO: From left to right,  James Woodall, Yolande Petty, Keith Brown, Candyce White, and Tarzene Livingston II )

ATLANTA, GA – Interdenominational Theological Center students recently accepted scholarships from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) funded by the Estate of Herbert Horner Jr., in memory of Johnnie L. Horner. The Horner family is committed to supporting the financial need of students who have chosen to pursue their education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The scholarship recipients will use funds to cover educational expenses while attending ITC.

According to a press release by the University, the recipients, some of whom pay for tuition out of pocket, were very grateful to receive the scholarship. “This UNCF scholarship has made a difference,” say Candyce White constituent of the Morehouse School of Religion. She considers the scholarship a “tremendous blessing” because it helps to supplement tuition and cost of living out of state. “I am so thankful and appreciative and I will never forget the lifeline that this scholarship has given me.”

The United Negro College Fund is on a mission to support black colleges and institutions. Since its establishment in 1944, UNCF has provided millions of dollars in aid to students who attend these historic institutions of higher learning. Students receive need and merit-based funding for tuition, housing, books, and other resources needed to alleviate the costs of undergraduate and graduate studies. In order to continue the mission of educating the next generation of leaders like students at the ITC, UNCF depends on the charitable contributions of individuals and families like the Horner family who are committed to giving back.

To learn more about the United Negro College Fund, visit www.uncf.org.


INSTITUTE, W. Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) and the WVSU Foundation to honor distinguished NASA Mathematician and WVSU alumna Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson with the establishment of an endowed scholarship and the erection of a bronze statue on campus.

According to a press release by the university, the dedication ceremony of the statue and scholarship is planned for Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 11 AM, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday. The statue will be placed in WVSU’s quad, the heart of campus, with accompanying seating and landscaping.

“Rarely are we presented an opportunity to attach ourselves to a historic moment. I believe this is one of those time,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “Despite her numerous accomplishments, she never forgot WVSU, White Sulphur Springs, nor the state she loves so dear. Then, as throughout her life, Katherine has embodied the true essence of a West Virginian; strong values, unbreakable resolve, and a work ethic that is second to none.

The life-sized bronze statue depicting Johnson during her years as a mathematician at NASA will be created by West Virginia sculptor Frederick Hightower, an alumnus of WVSU.

The endowed scholarship will build upon Johnson’s legacy as a pioneer in mathematics and will benefit students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with emphasis on assisting talented individuals who are underrepresented in those fields. WVSU seeks to endow the scholarship at $100,000.

Donors who give $1,000 or more by June 30, 2018, will have their names engraved on a plaque next to the statue. Organizations that give $25,000 or more will be recognized with a separate plaque.

Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a civilian. A native of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Johnson first came to Institute at the age of 10 to attend high school that used to be part of West Virginia State’s campus. After graduating from high school at age 15, she immediately enrolled for college classes at West Virginia State. Johnson excelled in her studies and graduated summa cum laude in 1937 at the age of 18 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French.

Johnson’s pioneering work as a “computer” at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and later at NASA, has been widely recognized following of the book, “Hidden Figures,” and by the movie of the same name.

For more information, please contact Patricia Schumann, Vice President for University Advancement, at (304) 766-3021 or patricia.schumann@wvstateu.edu or visit https://connect.wvstateu.edu/katherinejohnson.

Watch the video announcement below:

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. For more information, visit www.wvstateu.edu.

Pictured: The UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association Alumni House headquarters located on the campus of UAPB.

PINE BLUFF, AR -The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)/Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N) National Alumni Association has launched a $100,000 fundraising campaign to renovate their National Alumni House.

According to the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association website, the house is a structure that was donated and moved to the current location at 27 Watson Blvd in 1996 adjacent to the UAPB campus. The opportunity for the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association to have its own facility was truly welcomed. The building serves as the official headquarters of the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association. Over the years the condition of the alumni house has deteriorated. The UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association fundraising priorities have been focused on student retention and recruitment. The National Alumni Association and the alumni chapters have provided over $250,000 in scholarships to students attending UAPB.

In fact that their building is in need of significant renovation. The Alumni Association budget does not make it possible to perform the much-needed repair-work outside or inside the Alumni House. The National Alumni President, Mr. Timothy Pighee, has indicated that this process of decay has to come to a halt; changing it into a process of revitalization, innovation and above all renovation. For the reason the Alumni Association have begun a fundraising campaign to renovate the Alumni House.

The UAPB/AM&N National Association needs your help to raise $100,000 for the alumni house renovation project. The current condition of the alumni house leaves a lot to be desired. In order to describe what the condition looks like, photos are provided on the National Alumni Association website.

You can make a gift today to restore the headquarters of the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association by visiting their website at www.uapbalumni.org/alumni-house-renovation-project/ or by mail to:

UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association, Inc.

1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4813

Pine Bluff, AR 7160


About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.