TMCF | Ford Blue Oval Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Ford Motor Company Fund are proud to offer financial assistance to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend one of the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship is open only to African American male students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selected scholars will receive a one-year scholarship of $6,200 for the 2018-2019 academic school year. The funds are applied in the fall and spring semesters at $3,100 per semester.

Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Program

  • Be an African-American Male Graduating High School Senior
  • Must plan to enroll as a full-time freshman student at one of TMCF’s 47 member schools for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Current grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability through a variety of measures

To complete your application, please submit the following supporting documents:

  • 2018-2019 Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA)
  • Most recent transcript (unofficial or official transcript)
  • Recommendation Letter from current school faculty member (Must be completed online by the recommender)
  • Essay: Please the following questions: What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of transitioning from high school to college? How will you overcome that challenge? What is your motivation to do so? Please be as descriptive as possible.

How to Apply
To apply, click the button below and create or login to your TMCF Account. Once you have signed up or logged in, you can complete the TMCF | Ford Blue Oval Scholarship application. The deadline is April 1, 2018, 11:59pm EST.

January Congressional Update – Congresswoman Alma Adams

Dear Friends,

January was very busy, both at home and in Washington, D.C. Take a look below to see what I’ve been up to.

Best,

Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.

State of the District Address

On January 25th, I held my annual State of the District Address at University of North Carolina Charlotte, where I had the opportunity to speak directly to my constituents about my agenda for our district. This year, during the State of the District Address, I continued to emphasize “One Meck,” because we are stronger when we are united. Here are some of the important topics I talked about:

  • The need to permanently fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers
  • The upward mobility crisis we face in Mecklenburg and how to better allocate resources to level the playing field for all children
  • The victories the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus has had over the past year, from securing 6 million dollars in the House of Representatives for additional funding, to our first ever HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard Initiative
  • The vital role infrastructure plays in Mecklenburg’s economy
  • The high levels of gun violence in Mecklenburg County, criminal justice reform, and the need to dedicate more resources to domestic violence prevention

If you were not able to attend, click the following link to see the full State of the District Address: http://bit.ly/2E0ImZW

This year, Dr. Harry L. Williams began his tenure as the new President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

On January 16th, Dr. Williams and his team visited my D.C. office to discuss their plans to continue to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority serving institutions. I look forward to our continued partnership to keep moving our schools forward.

On January 18th, I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to protest the appointment of Thomas Farr to the Eastern District Court of North Carolina. From his role in the Helms Campaign that sought to disenfranchise minority voters, to his hand in drafting unconstitutional voter ID legislation and defending gerrymandered congressional districts that targeted African-American voters ‘with almost surgical precision’, Mr. Farr has proven that he cannot be trusted to uphold critical legal rights and protections. Mr. Farr’s nomination is another tragic example of the racism that permeates President Trump’s actions and animates his policies and I will not stand for it.

On January 20th, Americans across the country participated in the 2nd Annual Women’s March to protest the gross misogyny of the Trump Administration. I was proud that over five thousand people in Charlotte joined in this effort by marching through the streets to send a direct message to the President that women will not be silenced. Your voices are heard loud and clear: we will keep marching until women earn equal wages, have equal access to comprehensive healthcare, and do not have to fear sexual violence and harassment.

On January 25th, Team Adams toured Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and Myers Park High School to view their innovative aquaponics facilities. JCSU is a leader in the field of aquaponics, a method of sustainable gardening that reduces our carbon footprint, conserves water, and produces organic food. As Congress considers the Farm Bill this spring I will continue to be a vocal advocate for all institutions who are leading the way in innovative farming techniques that help combat urban food deserts.

On January 26th, it was my privilege to attend the 2018 Pride Awards and serve as a panelist to discuss intergenerational similarities and differences. Each year, the Pride Awards highlight outstanding achievement in Charlotte’s African-American community, and donate over $250,000 to local nonprofits. Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients, and thank you for the work you do to make Mecklenburg County a better place to live!

Earlier this week, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address. After careful consideration, I decided to attend to represent each of you. I was pleased to invite Ann Miller, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), as my guest. Ann represents the millions of middle-class Americans who have been ignored by the Trump Administration. I also chose to use my attire to stand with minority communities that this President has disparaged during his first year in office. I wore all black to stand with the women who have come forward to tell their stories and to give a voice to those who can’t, a red “Recy” pin to honor the life and legacy of Recy Taylor, a an African American Alabama woman who was raped on her way home from church in the 1940s and passed away last without getting justice, and Kente cloth to protest President Trump’s ‘s-hole’ comments about Haiti and African nations. I will continue to be your vocal advocate in Congress and to remind this President that his racist and hate-filled rhetoric doesn’t represent all of us.

District Corner

Our office visited Kennedy Middle School to participate in a hands-on coding activity designed to teach students about the importance of STEM education. (top right photo)
District staff participated in the Blinded Veterans Association of Charlotte’s first general body meeting of the year. (bottom right photo)
Under the banner of celebration, our district staff joined other members of the community at the annual MLK Day Breakfast to honor the legacy of one of our nation’s most iconic civil rights leaders.
Our office met with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council to discuss plans to establish a food co-op in the district.

Legislative Update

Letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Verma asking that CMS rescind the guidance allowing states to impose work requirements on people eligible for Medicaid: On January 25, this letter was sent to Administrator Verma, expressing strong disapproval of the guidance issued by CMS allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries.

Letter to President Trump asking for investment in public school infrastructure as part of a comprehensive infrastructure package: This letter, sent on January 17, urges President Trump to, as part of any upcoming infrastructure package, invest in the critical infrastructure that affects every city and town in the nation — our public schools.

Letter to Secretary Zinke expressing strong opposition to the 2019–2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: This letter, sent January 17, expresses deep concern with the Administration’s 2019–2024 leasing plan, which would open up the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico to new oil and gas lease sales. Governor Cooper has also expressed his opposition to this issue, and has requested that, like Florida, North Carolina be exempt from offshore drilling.

Letter to President Trump asking him to act on the opioid crisis after his public health emergency declaration expires on January 23, 2018: Sent on January 19, this letter urges President Trump to take meaningful steps to combat the opioid epidemic, including funding for addiction treatment and prevention and filling the position of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Letter to Office of Management and Budget in support of domestic and international family planning in the President’s FY19 budget: Letter requesting robust funding for domestic and international family planning, including for the Title X program, in the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request.

Letter to Appropriators from the Congressional Black Caucus requesting $40 million for the HBCU/Minority Serving Institutions Research Program: Sent on January 16, this letter requested the Appropriations committee fully support programs that support HBCUs and PBIs, given their documented positive educational and economic impact.

Key Co-sponsorships

H.R. 4444, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (introduced by Rep. Neal)
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H.R. 4392, a Bipartisan 340B Fix to Prevent Cuts to Safety Net Hospitals (introduced by Rep. McKinley)
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H.R. 2119, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (introduced by Rep. Lieu)
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CRA Resolution to repeal FCC/Pai’s Net Neutrality rule (introduced by Rep. Doyle)
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H.R. 1536, SHIELD Act of 2017 (introduced by Rep. Fitzpatrick)
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H.R. 4820, Advancing Seniors and Kids Act (Rep. McEachin)
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Grants Corner

Do you need assistance with a grant or would you like to receive our grants newsletter? Please email Quanisha Collins at Quanisha.Collins@mail.house.gov or call (704) 344–9950. For more information please visit my website here.

If you would like to invite Congresswoman Adams to your community or to attend your event, please email nc12scheduler@mail.house.gov.

Source: Medium

HBCUs: Pioneers of Black History’s Past, Present, Future

During Black History Month, we always hear familiar names and read inspiring articles about towering figures and unsung heroes from the Black community. We are reminded about what they accomplished, but often overlook how they got there.

Many of the leaders we honor and recognize are products of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As the President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), it is important to me that our HBCUs are also honored not just for the role they played in the past, but the role, impact and influence they have today.

Our HBCUs deserve more of a starring role in our great American story because our campuses remain in the business of helping our nation to realize its greatest potential through education. HBCUs are still overproducing black doctors, lawyers and scientists. HBCUs are also leading on groundbreaking research and data into finding solutions to barriers to success in fragile communities.

The Association for the Study of African Life and History, the founders of Black History Month, set the 2018 theme as “African Americans in Times of War.” The HBCU legacy during battle is strong, with giants such as Robert Friend, Daniel James, Jr., Benjamin O. Davis Jr., all of our Tuskegee Airmen and the numerous men and women who achieved high ranks and commendations in the military hailing from our HBCUs. Many African-American veterans used the GI Bill to attend our schools and receive a quality education. We are proud of our rich history supporting HBCUs and appreciate our partnerships with the Department of Defense through internships, scholarships and programs such as the Vivian Burey Marshall Academy, which is funded by the U.S. Army.

One TMCF scholar, Devin Frederick, said: “TMCF really taught me the value of an education and that specific skills are really needed to advance within any situation in life… I was able to receive an internship in Rome, N.Y. with the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory. This was my first internship and first opportunity to travel by myself to a different state. I was also offered a full-time position with Walmart as a rotational analyst, thanks to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute.”

Such partnerships allow TMCF to be a pipeline for top HBCU talent and careers in the U.S. military.

As we recollect on the past, this proud history continues today. Among the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 47 member-schools are thousands of social scientists, researchers and rising experts in all fields of industry, who in spite of a host of different socio-economic, cultural and familial circumstances are following the footsteps of those HBCU students, professors, supporters and advocates who made and changed American history so many years ago.

The schools themselves have evolved, as well. These campuses, endowed early with gifts from philanthropists such as Booker T. Washington, John D. Rockefeller and W.K. Kellogg, now find Walmart, John Deere, U.S. Department of Defense, Wells Fargo, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries amongst the long list of major partners who support TMCF and the nearly 300,000 students on our member-school campuses. These partnerships maintain the founding principles of supporting student success through scholarship funding, but now also integrate workforce development, financial planning, networking and entrepreneurship as tenets of HBCU advancement.

America’s success is intrinsically tied to the progress of its entire population, and Black History Month is an important reminder of the nation’s great possibilities. Individual success stories punctuate the nation’s potential, but its institutions of higher learning designed to train and inspire these American icons should not be forgotten, or neglected, in our journey to greatness.

Let’s put our celebration into action and galvanize around our HBCUs. Remind people of their historical importance and present-day value. Donate to TMCF, or one of our member-schools, and join me in pledging to help them survive and thrive. To celebrate Black history is to also celebrate HBCU history, and we do so this month.

Dr. Harry L. Williams is the President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

Source: Diverse Education

TSU nabs $2.7 million grant for criminal justice reform research

Texas Southern University on Monday announced it had received a five year, $2.7 million grant to put toward research stipends, scholarships and data collection in a new criminal justice center.

The grant, from the Koch Foundation-backed, D.C.-based Center for Advancing Opportunity, creates the center, which will be devoted to criminal justice research at the historically black university in an effort to create policy solutions to reform efforts.

Administrators expect researchers to partner with local Houston law enforcement agencies, including the district attorney’s office.

“We’ve got to go to work,” said Howard Henderson, an administration of justice professor at TSU, adding that research can help build an “equitable” criminal justice system. To his students, he said, “all of this is really for you.”

Henderson will be the center’s director.

It’s the largest grant TSU President Austin Lane has nabbed since taking office in 2016. The proposal had support from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, and District Attorney Kim Ogg, both Democrats.

Both said university research will be important tools in solving complex issues, like mass incarceration.

“You’re trained to analyze the data we’re so busy creating,” Ogg said. “Many times we don’t have the hindsight (or) foresight to look at it.”

Jackson Lee, in an interview after TSU’s press conference, said the university is the right fit for the center because, as a historically black college it has long opened doors for vulnerable populations.

“It is a symbol of a place where we correct ill,” she said. “We can be a very effective tool with this grant to impact not only state and local legislation…we can also impact the national story, the national matrix.”

The Center for Advancing Opportunity was created in 2017 by the Koch Foundation-backed Thurgood Marshall College Fund to support faculty at historically black colleges and universities who research education, criminal justice and entrepreneurship.

Money from the Center for Advancing Opportunity can finance on-campus programming, scholarships, research and polling and original research, like the campus research center announced Monday at TSU.

Winston-Salem State University similarly received a $3 million grant to study barriers to economic mobility in North Carolina.

The Koch brothers have long funded conservative political candidates. Lane, who since becoming president has seen campus protests block two Republican politicians from speaking, said he has heard no pushback regarding the source of the money.

Many recognize that external research dollars are key to research, he said.

Jackson Lee said criminal justice is an issue on which people across the ideological spectrum can collaborate.

TSU’s location in Houston and pledged partnerships with law enforcement agencies made it an appealing choice to house such a center, said Gerard Robinson, the executive director of the Center of Advancing Opportunity.

Lane said the grant will support the research fully and will create a center for anyone to use to learn about mass incarceration or recidivism.

“So many problems have to be researched and addressed,” he said. “Many times, people come from an emotional standpoint…we’re coming from more of a research standpoint.”

Source: Houston Chronicle

Texas Southern to Launch Criminal Justice Research Center

Officials at Texas Southern University today announced plans to establish a campus-based Center for Justice Research, aimed at producing criminal justice reform analysis and policy recommendations.

The center will be established through a $2.7 million grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Center for Advancing Opportunity, a $26 million initiative established by TMCF, the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries to position black colleges and as centers for research and development in education, criminal justice and entrepreneurship.

“The Center for Justice Research represents a new direction for Texas Southern and will strengthen our commitment to equal justice for all citizens,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane. “TSU is elated to receive strong support for the Center from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Charles Koch Foundation, forming a critical partnership to advance knowledge through our faculty and evidence-based research, and in turn, care for our fragile communities.”

In a statement, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18th District) called the center a vital asset to building criminal justice equity for minority communities.

“Our criminal justice system is deeply flawed and perversely inhumane support for reform spans the ideological spectrum, and this grant to TSU’s Center for Justice Research will help to enhance efforts to ensure that all of us receive equal treatment under the law.”

Source: HBCU Digest

TSU to start Center for Justice Research with grant from Koch-supported initiative

Texas Southern University in Houston received $2.7 million from the Center for Advancing Opportunity to start the school’s new Center for Justice Research.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Center for Advancing Opportunity was created through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation and Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries. The research and education initiative primarily focuses on education, criminal justice and entrepreneurship.

The new Center for Justice Reform will seek to produce solutions to understand and address the U.S. criminal justice system’s current challenges, according to a Jan. 22 press release from TSU.

“CJR’s mission is to change the paradigm of how historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) address criminal justice reform by developing objective, evidence-based research,” TSU said in the release. “The goal is to develop and disseminate interdisciplinary criminal justice research to dismantle barriers faced by American citizens in fragile communities. The center will be an incubator for policy-driven criminal justice research support, increase the research capacity of HBCU faculty in the field, and train and mentor graduate students interested in addressing issues surrounding mass incarceration.”

The center’s director will be Howard Henderson, also a professor of administration of justice at TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

“The Center for Justice Research represents a new direction for Texas Southern and will strengthen our commitment to equal justice for all citizens,” TSU President Austin Lane said in the release.

Source: Houston Business Journal

Thurgood Marshall College Fund and The Coca-Cola Foundation Donate $50,000 to Fayetteville State University for Scholarships

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and The Coca-Cola Foundation partnered to donate $50,000 to Fayetteville State University (FSU) that will be used for scholarships for first-generation college students. A check was presented on Saturday, January 20, 2018 during the televised FSU versus Livingstone College basketball game.

Presenting the check to FSU was Andrea Horton, Vice President of Programs for TMCF, and Allie Butler, Marketing Asset Manager, Colleges and Universities; and Bradley Bennett, On Premise Sales Representative, representing Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Receiving the check on behalf of FSU were Chancellor James Anderson, and Damien Williams, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

“I am grateful to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and The Coca-Cola Foundation for their support of our students,” Anderson said. “Both of these organizations have been long-time supporters of higher education and their continued commitment speaks volumes of their desire to see students graduate from college and become contributing members of society. The FSU family is thankful for their generosity.”

TMCF is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.

To date, the organization has awarded more than $300 million in such assistance to its students and member-schools. TMCF also distributes 98% of its awards exclusively to HBCUs and PBIs, which is more than any other organization that supports the Black College Community.

“We are able to make our TMCF slogan “Where Education Pays Off,” a reality because of outstanding long-time partners like The Coca-Cola Foundation, said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO. “We are proud of this partnership and honored to continue to invest in first-generation college students at FSU through this scholarship.

Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $820 million to enhance the sustainability of local communities worldwide. The foundation is Coca-Cola’s primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,200 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

Source: Greater Diversity News

TSU Receives $2.7 Million for Center for Justice Research

This past Monday, January 22nd, Texas Southern University (TSU) and its leadership announced the establishment of the Center for Justice Research (CJR) at an on-campus press conference, and that the University had been awarded $2.7 million by the Center for Advancing Opportunity to implement the newly established initiative.

The Center for Justice Research is an initiative supported by funding from the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the primary focus for the Texas Southern University Center for Justice Research (CJR) will be to produce innovative solutions to reform efforts by utilizing an experienced group of researchers working to understand and address the current challenges of the U.S. criminal justice system.

“The Center for Justice Research represents a new direction for Texas Southern and will strengthen our commitment to equal justice for all citizens. We are a special-purpose institution and this initiative is in line with the purpose of our designation,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane. “TSU is elated to receive strong support for the Center from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Charles Koch Foundation, forming a critical partnership to advance knowledge through our faculty and evidence-based research, and in turn, care for our fragile communities.”

CJR’s mission is to change how historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) address criminal justice reform by developing objective, evidence-based research. The goal is to develop and share interdisciplinary criminal justice research to break down barriers faced by American citizens in fragile communities. A ‘fragile community’ is defined as a specific area with high crime, low access to social mobility and limited opportunities for growth.

“Dr. Lane is a brilliant thought leader who represented the University well when presenting his case for why TSU should be chosen to receive this important funding,” said Dr. Harry Williams, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “After seeing his presentation and witnessing his passion, there is no doubt in my mind that TSU was the right choice to receive the funding to lead this initiative.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18th District), a senior member of the House Committee on Judiciary and Homeland Security and a strong advocate for justice reform, spoke via speakerphone in support of the initiative, and emphasized that African Americans and other people of color are heavily incarcerated due to a disparate system, but that research and science are the tools to resolve criminal justice problems.

“Our criminal justice system is deeply flawed and perversely inhumane support for reform spans the ideological spectrum, and this grant to TSU’s Center for Justice Research will help to enhance efforts to ensure that all of us receive equal treatment under the law,” said Jackson Lee. “TSU is an appropriate place for this commitment because it is the people’s university. It costs more than $32,000 to incarcerate people and more women are being incarcerated, so there is a crucial need for this grant.”

The Center will be an incubator for policy-driven criminal justice research support, increase the research capacity of HBCU faculty in the field, and train and mentor graduate students interested in addressing issues surrounding mass incarceration.

Howard Henderson, Ph.D., professor of Administration of Justice in TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, will serve as the Center’s director.

“This collaboration is monumental and unheard of. We are about to start a new future and new alliances,” said Dr. Henderson. “We are about the prospect of a new criminal justice system and people being able to make reforms to the system with researched data and information.”

One of the key alliances that the University has established is with the office of the Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg.

“Incarceration is the end of opportunity for many people, but this grant is setting the stage for a new era in criminal justice,” said Ogg. “We need a common-sense approach to avoid recidivism and address problems with mental illness and addiction in the community.”

John Hardin, Ph.D., director of university relations at the Charles Koch Foundation, said that more Americans are incarcerated than have a college degree. Hardin said that the Foundation is concerned that the criminal justice system has more impact on the community than the educational system and also has a greater ability to destroy lives.

“Research is required to ensure that the criminal justice system in this country is one that treats all people equally and with dignity so that citizens can live a fulfilling life,” said Dr. Hardin. “We are proud to be a part of a partnership supporting such critical, academic pursuits.”

Since his arrival at TSU in June 2016, Dr. Lane has continued to emphasize the importance of following through on his top five priorities, which are: 1) Student Success, 2) Academic Quality, 3) Culture, 4) Funding and 5) Partnerships. Dr. Lane made it a point to highlight how this initiative is in lockstep with several of his top priorities at Monday’s press conference, and stated that he is looking forward to getting this initiative started and seeing the outcomes.

The Forward Times will continue to follow the initiative and hopes to receive the much-needed data and evidence-based research that will come forth from it.

Source: Forward Times

2018 VBMA FIRST TECH CHALLENGE ANNAPOLIS QUALIFIER – ANNAPOLIS, MD

On January 27, 2018, VBMA Baltimore’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) featured Two Robotic Teams, #11533 BRAINS and #13503 Robocrew. The teams competed at the FTC Annapolis 1 Qualifier at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The event included 28 teams from around the state, with each team participating in five rounds of competition, paired up with another team each round. The VBMA teams included the following VBMA-Baltimore Scholars: Jalen Henson, Jaylynn Hankerson, Gaddiel Handy, Kalissa Brown-Williams, David Williams, II, Camille Lee, Gabrielle Mann, Emmanuel Durojaiye, Olayinka Ikotun, and Malachi Ross-Jones. VBMA Teacher Fellow Don Reaves of Frederick Douglass High School served as Lead Coach. The qualifier was hosted by one of the partner teams, FTC 9794 Wizards.exe, out of Rockville, MD. The Wizards team graciously helped the VBMA team with programming via video chat during competition prep and during the competition when one of their robots had programming issues.

In the final match, VBMA’s Team #11533 BRAINS finished 7th out of 28 teams and moved down to 13th by the end of all the competition rounds. Although VBMA’s Team #11533 BRAINS did not get selected as an alliance partner during the alliance round, the scholars worked very hard and well together. The team also improved tremendously from previous qualifier events and is moving in the right direction for much success next season competing against many veteran teams in Maryland. VBMA is proud of Team #11533 BRAINS accomplishments thus far and is confident they will be the team to watch next season!

Click here to see photos from the competition.

Altria HBCU Scholars Program

Overview
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Altria is proud to announce the Altria HBCU Scholars Program. The Altria HBCU Scholars program is open to outstanding students currently in their sophomore year, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who will be graduating during the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition to having the opportunity to develop key skills at a Top 50 company, these scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the TMCF Leadership Institute in Washington D.C.
  • Participate in an Altria HBCU Immersion experience
  • Participate in a 10-12 week internship with housing assistance provided in either Richmond, VA (non-Sales) or across the country (Sales)
  • Receive a need-based scholarship of up to $15,000 total over the term of the Altria HBCU Scholars Program – up to $5,000 at the time of enrollment during junior year, up to $5,000 at the beginning of the senior year if a job offer is extended and accepted and up to $5,000 at the end of the senior year upon completion of the program.
  • Participate in various career development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
  • Receive on-going coaching and mentorship
  • Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Altria HBCU Scholars Program

The Opportunity

This highly competitive program targets students for opportunities in 7 areas:

1. Accounting
2. Brand
3. Consumer Insights and Engagement
4. Engineering
5. Information Services
6. Manufacturing
7. Sales

Scholar Expectations (including, but not limited to the following)

  • Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI
  • Currently in the second year of study, graduating in either December 2019 or Spring 2020
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be able to participate in all program-related activities
  • Willing and able to spend 10-12 weeks in Richmond, VA (non-Sales) or across the country (Sales)
  • Must remain in good academic standing
  • Must not have any disciplinary infractions on academic record
  • Able to successfully complete all program requirements
  • Serve as post-internship Altria Ambassador during their final year
  • Students selected to participate in the program must provide TMCF with supporting documentation requested during the financial need verification process

How to Apply

To apply, click the button below and create or login to your TMCF Account. Once you have signed up or logged in, you can complete the Altria HBCU Scholars application. The deadline is April 30, 2018 11:59pm EST. To learn more about Altria, click here. Visit the Career Paths page to learn about careers at Altria from former interns.