NAFEO, AT&T Launch Effort To Help Students With Disabilities Attend HBCUs, PBIs - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

NAFEO, AT&T Launch Effort To Help Students With Disabilities Attend HBCUs, PBIs

Email




by Diverse Staff

With more than 1.2 million college students with disabilities attending U.S. colleges and universities, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), with funding from AT&T, has started an initiative to provide scholarships to students with disabilities attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The Inclusion Scholars Program (ISP) is a program designed to increase the recruitment, enrollment and graduation rates of students with disabilities at HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs); support efforts by HBCUs and PBIs to increase graduation rates of traditionally underserved students; and assess HBCU campus readiness to receive students with disabilities.

The initial group of “Inclusion Institutions” are Bethune-Cookman University, Morgan State University, and Tennessee State University. Each institution will receive a $36,000 grant that will provide an incoming freshman a $9,000 award toward tuition and fees for each of four years.

“We are excited about this new initiative and look to the day when HBCUs and PBIs meet the criteria to become and maintain status as a NAFEO Inclusion Institution,” Lezli Baskerville, NAFEO president and CEO, said in a statement, adding that “HBCUs and PBIs must lead the higher education community in taking affirmative steps to recruit and enroll diverse students, including those protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Students interested in participating in the Inclusion Scholars Program must apply and be accepted for admission in the fall 2011 class of one of the ISPs and apply directly to NAFEO to be designated an Inclusion Scholar, according to NAFEO.

“The ISP program will provide students with disabilities with valuable training and resources, particularly in the area of career preparation. Our goal in supporting this initiative is for the students receiving these scholarships to have rewarding experiences at an HBCU and graduate prepared to thrive in the workforce and compete in the global economy,” Laura Sanford, AT&T assistant vice president for corporate contributions, said in a statement.

Related:  Student Protests at Mugabe-attended Zimbabwe Graduation

ISP applications will become available January 2011 and will be posted on the NAFEO website: www.nafeo.org.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Morehouse No-confidence Vote Aimed at Checking the Board When the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College voted in January to not renew current Morehouse president Dr. John Silvanus Wilson’s contract, faculty say that they were left with more questions than answers about the decision. After weeks of what so...
Report: West Virginia Schools’ Tuition Doubles Over 15 Years CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The average cost of tuition at West Virginia’s public universities and colleges has doubled in the past 15 years, according to a new report. The West Virginia Center on Budget Policy released a report Monday showing average tui...
Bill Inspired by Snooki Caps N.J. Public University Speaker Fees TRENTON, N.J. — A bill inspired by former “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay to speakers was approved by lawmakers Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk. The Democrat-controlled Assemb...
Fisk University Names Kevin Rome President Fisk University named Kevin Rome as its 16th president on Thursday, filling the historically Black institution’s executive position on a non-interim basis for the first time since September 2015. Dr. Kevin Rome Rome currently is president of L...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *