February 2013 Article

February is the month when we remember distinct individuals throughout time that made history through their personal achievements as well as the steps they took to shape our country. Throughout Black History, developments were made that are not only important for the black community but are key in the everyday lives of everyone in the United States. One could write pages beyond pages to speak on everything that has been accomplished by strong, brave, black men and women. Today, while we may not have 100% equality, our fellow black Americans are no longer considered second-class citizens by the government; they have a voice, a vote, and the chance to fight for our freedom. To read more about Black History click HERE

Among the many laws and freedoms that have come with these efforts, we have organizations, colleges and other groups founded by and for blacks. The first black institute for higher learning for blacks was founded in1837 called the Institute for Colored Youth, which later became Cheyney University. In 1869, Howard University’s law school became the country’s first black law school. In 1881, Spelman College was founded as the first college for black women in the U.S. These are just samples—the timeline of events in education goes on with individuals being the first to obtain a Bachelor’s and PHD, the first blacks to be faculty at a University, etc. Can you imagine life without the opportunity for all Americans to have access to education? To read more about Milestones in African American Education click HERE

Not only do blacks have the right to attend college, but thanks to colleges like Spelman, organizations like the United Negro Association and many others, there are scholarship opportunities to give black students funding and support for college. This year there are more than 50 scholarships available for black students. Every year more than $50 billion in scholarships are given away to students of all ethnic backgrounds. This number includes many awards that are given only to African American students and other minorities. Such opportunities are needed because African Americans continue to show the greatest need in the area of financial assistance. Even more, the education gap between minority students and their white counterparts is still very wide.

Visit BlackStudents.com to see the top list of scholarships currently available and to apply. This website was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations. Most of these programs aim to assist disadvantaged people who come from poor families and cannot afford to pay for college. However, there are also programs that recognize and award students who can demonstrate excellence in education, sports, etc., regardless of their financial status.

While MSF is not a professional consulting company, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about attending college. Don’t be afraid to try; reach out and find someone who can help you live out your dreams.

~ Cher