Partnership Will Help Provide Scholarships to National Scholars
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has joined forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to increase the number of teens attending college by helping alleviate financial barriers for its members. FAMU is the newest partner to join Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s nationwide initiative to secure scholarships and pre-collegiate experiences to improve college access for Club teens.
FAMU, through its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will provide 10 scholarships annually over the next four years, exclusively for qualified Boys & Girls Club teen members.
“We are really excited about providing another avenue of access to higher education for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said William Hudson, Jr., Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs at FAMU. “We have a strong desire at FAMU to prepare as many students as possible to achieve success in the new economy. We are certain that with a college degree, these students will be in a better position to become successful and well-rounded citizens. We are excited about having the opportunity to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs to expand our reach.”
FAMU will enroll its first scholarship recipients during the 2018-2019 academic year and plans to offer some of its top academic scholarships to qualifying Boys & Girls Club students, including its Life Gets Better and Distinguished Scholar Award programs.
“Creating accessible pathways to higher education for kids and teens today is imperative if we want to change the opportunity equation for all youth,” said Elizabeth Fowlkes, senior vice present of Youth Development with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “It’s our hope that through these scholarship opportunities, Club youth will be empowered to pursue their dreams to achieve a great future without the financial barriers that may have halted their efforts in the past.”
About Florida A&M University
Founded on October 3, 1887, Florida A&M University is part of the State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. University satellite campuses include the College of Law in Orlando and Pharmacy program sites in areas such as Miami, Jacksonville, Crestview and Tampa. The University has nearly 10,000 students from the United States and more than 70 countries such as India, Egypt, Trinidad, the Netherlands, China, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil. It is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No.1 public HBCU in the nation. Learn more on Facebook and Twitter.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more on Facebook and Twitter.
Photo: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Report