During this uncertain time, every gift makes a difference. #GivingTuesdayNow is an additional way you can extend a helping hand in making a difference in the lives of those who are financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is Giving Tuesday Now?

#GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) is a global day of unity in response to the unprecedented need cause by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What should you give to HCF during this critical time?

  1. Students’ are negatively impacted by the crisis and are at risk of not being able to continue their educational efforts due to financial need.
  2. Our HBCUs are at risk and negatively impacted by the sudden transition to eliminating face-to-face instruction and moving to online instruction.
  3. The lack of technology for students and HBCUs, for their students’ ability to ensure online classroom connectivity is successful. Such as providing laptop ability.
  4. The cost of managing online classes for smaller HBCUs. This will negatively impact the operational budgets for the forthcoming academic year.
  5. Help support HBCUs who may face revenue loss from several sources due to the elimination of face-to-face instruction.
  6. To ensure that HCF continues to have the resources to do its essential work of supporting students and HBCUs during this global crisis.

What Can You Do to Help?

Donate today by visiting www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate, and share the donation on social media using #GivingTuesdayNow.

Donate via Mobile Cash App using cash tag $CampaignForHBCUs.

Share the word about our mission and follow #HBCUCampaignFund on Facebook, Twitter @hbcucampaign, and on Instagram.

CHICAGO, IL -The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces 102 days of HBCU Campaigning & Giving. This campaign is designed to encourage individuals to make a donation directly to an Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) of their choice in support of student scholarships, academic success, and programs.

For 102 days, HCF will choose an HBCU or MSI that will take over its social media accounts as well as other communications outlets to bring awareness towards throughout its designated day. The day will be consist of encouraging individuals to support the selected school with monetary donations to enhance scholarship funds, academic success, and programs. The campaign will also provide fun educational facts, history and latest news about the selected schools.

The campaign will kick-off during Black History Month on February 1st, and the official hashtags to engage on social media is #CampaignForHBCUs #102DaysofHBCUCampaigning.

The first round of selected schools are as follows:

  • February 3 – Talladega College
  • February 4 – Voorhees College
  • February 5 – Stillman College
  • February 6 – Clark Atlanta University
  • February 7 – Simmons College of Kentucky
  • February 8 – Jackson State University
  • February 9 – Tougaloo College
  • February 10 – Alcorn State University
  • February 11 – Mississippi Valley State University
  • February 12 – Coahoma Community College.
  • February 13 – Rust College
  • February 14 – Philander Smith College
  • February 15 – University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff
  • February 16 – Shorter College
  • February 17 – Arkansas Baptist College
  • February 18 – Kentucky State University

The remaining schools will be announced closer to the ending of the first round of selected schools.

For more information, please contact the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development at HCF by phone at 773-988-2106 or email to developmentrelations@hbcucampaignfund.org.

Follow HBCU Campaign Fund on Facebook, Instagram @HBCUCampaign.


About HBCU Campaign Fund

Founded in 2012, HCF is the vision and brainchild of founder Mr. Demetrius Johnson, Jr. In 2015, HCF incorporated its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs. HCF today remains as a strong advocate for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

AUGUSTA, GA – Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Paine College and the Minority Affairs Chairperson of the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society, will offer a six-week chemistry course for middle and high school students from June 4, 2018, to July 12, 2018. This year marks the 12th year that Dr. Yousufzai is offering the Summer Chemistry course. The objective is to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses.

The free six-week one-hour course will cover the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Haygood-Holsey Hall, room 220. Middle School students will meet on Monday & Wednesday from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and High School students will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To register a student for the class click here.

For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at marketing@paine.edu.

JACKSON, MS – The education arm of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) presented Jackson State University with a $15,000 check during its 5th Annual Session earlier this month to assist students with financial aid.

The Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) held its annual meeting June 5-8 at Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. Attendees included Dr. John W. Davis Sr., left, pastor of the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula; Virgie Davis; and Dr. Danny Hollins, pastor of Grace Inspirations Baptist Church in Jackson. Also appearing were Sandra Hodge, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University; Dr. Kenneth Hollins, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Biloxi; and Dr. Kenneth M. Davis, president of the MNBSC and pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in D’Iberville. (Photo courtesy of Jackson State University)

According to a press release by the university, Dr. Kenneth Hollins, education board chair of MNBSC, presented the gift during the annual event at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. He said, “We are a young convention, but our state president believes we should help students who fall in a gap situation when money runs out during their post-secondary educational studies.”

The donation, which recognizes the partnership between the university and the faith-based community, earns the state convention a JSU “Circle of 1,000” honor in the category of “Seeds of Promise” ($10,000 or more). Also, donors can earn distinction in the categories of “Seeds of Faith” ($1,000) and “Seeds of Hope” ($5,000).

Hollins, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Biloxi, said the MNBSC also has provided thousands of dollars in support to other HBCUs throughout Mississippi. “We have a historical account of how HBCUs have helped our communities. There was a time when (African-Americans) could attend only an HBCU. We are aware that when we sow seeds in good soil it brings forth a good harvest.”

Sandra Hodge, vice president of Institutional Advancement at JSU, extolled the generosity of churches in helping HBCUs.

“This is an example of faith-based organizations remembering and reminding others of our roots,” said Hodge, reflecting that JSU was founded in 1877 as Natchez Seminary.

Meanwhile, Hollins said he and two other brothers received their doctorate degrees from JSU, so he’s especially endeared to the urban institution. As well, he said he is duty-bound to follow the “wonderful leadership of Dr. Kenneth Davis, the president of Mississippi Baptist State Convention, for leading the charge to assist our young people in furthering their education.”

As the state convention continues fulfilling its mission, Graves said he especially wants people to know that “before we can ask anybody to help us as a people we must be willing to help ourselves first.” So, he’s urging HBCUs to “keep doing an excellent job in educating our young men and women because we have stellar individuals graduating from all of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”



A Historically Black Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive public institution of higher learning located in the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State University educates a diverse student population from Mississippi, most other states and many foreign countries by providing a broad range of baccalaureate programs and a variety of masters and doctoral programs in its six Colleges: Business; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts; Lifelong Learning; Public Service; and Science, Engineering and Technology. The learning process at Jackson State is enhance through experiential learning in urban and rural areas throughout the city, state, nation, and global communities. Jackson State is a learning community for highly capable, as well as capable but under prepared students who require a nurturing academic environment.

For more information about Jackson State University, visit www.jsums.edu.


CHICAGO, IL – UNCF Chicago office will host its annual “A Mind Is…” Gala which will honor Chicago Football Classic co-founders Everett Rand, Larry Huggins and Tim Rand on this Saturday, June 17th at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

This is a major fundraising event for the Chicago area office of UNCF, which serves students in Illinois and Wisconsin. Each year, UNCF recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions of time, talent and resources to support UNCF’s mission and work, and student scholars who have directly benefited from the generous support of area donors.

(left to right; CFC Co-Founders Everett Rand, Larry Huggins, Tim Rand). Photo creds: Chicago Defender.

This year’s honorees include the co-founders of the Chicago Football Classic (CFC) Everett Rand, Larry Huggins and Tim Rand who started the classic nearly 20 years ago. The CFC is a non-profit, helping students attend and graduate from HBCUs across the country. The CFC has its primary mission promoting long-term success of African-American youth, to achieve academic, personal and professionally oriented excellence, while attending historically black colleges and universities and throughout their future lives.

Honorees also include the chief executive officer and director of the University of Chicago Charter School and managing director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute Shayne Evans and Spelman College alumna D’Rita Robinson who is the founder of Chatty Guest, a free app that encourages collaboration, mentorship and global dialogue across disciplines; and to date, the app has been downloaded in more than 51 countries.

To read more about the honorees, visit UNCF Chicago website here.

Tickets are no longer available for this event, but you are still able to donate towards the event and causes of UNCF and its Chicago area office here.





FullSizeRenderFRANKFORT, KY – Kentucky State University (KSU) has announced that the university is making college more affordable for students by partnering with Pearson, a New York-based learning company, to offer e-textbooks to all KSU students for a flat fee. While Pearson has agreed to offer a flat fee, KSU has offered to cover the other half by providing a book scholarship to every student, which means the books are free.

“Some traditional textbooks can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 apiece. And the fact is, some students simply cannot afford to buy all the textbooks required for their course load,” said Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., interim president, Kentucky State University. “We want our students to be successful, and numerous studies have shown that if students do not have their books during the first few days of school, their success rate is seriously diminished.”

While many institutions have leveraged digital course materials delivery models at the individual course level, KSU is one of the only two institutions in the country and is the only institution in Kentucky currently working with Pearson to delivery course material digitally college-wide, to undergraduate to graduate level students.

“We want to ensure that all our students have equitable access to required course materials the very first day they walk into the classroom,” said Candice Jackson, Ph.D., acting vice president for Academic Affairs, Kentucky State University. “If a student does not own a computer, not to worry. Students can choose to rent a computer for a small use fee, or the university will offer free computer at convenient locations all over campus which includes, dorm, computer labs and the library.”

Kentucky State University is recognizes that providing comprehensive support both inside and outside the classroom is a key to student success. To provide student with crucial academic and technical support, KSU has created a technical help desk and Smarthinking online tutoring services part of its partnership with Pearson.

“There are some outstanding things happening at Kentucky State University and this is one of them,” said Thompson. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the free electronic textbooks to our students.”

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frantfort, Kentucky, KYSU offers associate  (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nuring. KYSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

For more information about Kentucky State University and in all thing excellence, visit their website at www.kysu.edu or call (502) 597-6000.

Source: http://kysu.edu/2016/08/04/kentucky-state-university-announces-free-e-textbooks-for-students/.