Jillian Jolly (second from left), a senior at Ramsay High School has announced that she will attend Yale University this fall on a full-ride, four-year scholarship. Jolly is shown here with her uncle, Frederic Bolling (left), Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring (second from right) and her mother, Jacqueline Harrell. (Photos by :Erica Wright Photos | The Birmingham Times)
Education

Meet the Ramsay HS student, en route to Yale, who earned more than $2M in scholarships

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly, 18, has dreamed of attending Yale University since she was in kindergarten.“ I always heard that Yale was the school where smart people went. It was the top school, and I wanted to be there,’’ she said. Thirteen years later, her dream has become a reality: She has accepted a full-ride, four-year scholarship worth nearly $300,000. […read more]

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Alabama State President Dr. Quinton Ross Jr. (left) and Lawson State President Dr. Perry Ward sign memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. (Photo by: Ameera Steward | The Birmingham Times)
Education

Lawson State, Alabama State announce historic partnership

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Students obtaining an associate’s degree at Lawson State Community College (LSCC) can simultaneously work on a bachelor’s at Alabama State University (ASU), presidents of the two institutions announced on Monday. LSCC President Dr. Perry Ward and ASU President Dr. Quinton Ross Jr. announced the memorandum of understanding during a press conference at Lawson State. […read more]

Money earned by schools during the famed March Madness tournament and the revenue generated from the College Football Playoff (CFP) series, will likely total $1 billion for the NCAA, according to the report. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Report Reveals How the NCAA Shortchanges Black Men

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington D.C.-based a nonpartisan research and educational institute, paints a vivid portrait of how college athletics distort the reality of black male experiences on college campuses and raises significant concerns about racial equity in college admissions and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). […read more]

“This inequity isn’t just about wealth, it’s about race, ethnicity, culture and history,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO.
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NNPA Leadership and Other Prominent Black Voices Speak Out on College Exam Scandal

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The rich have one standard of education and everyone else has another standard,” National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., added in a story written by Black Press journalist Barrington M. Salmon, who also interviewed other prominent African Americans including Virginia entertainment attorney Elva Mason and Former Florida A&M University Law Professor Cori Harvey. […read more]

National

New Congressional Caucus Champions HBCUs

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public. The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus was launched last week, with Congressional members Read More

National

New Rules for For-Profit Schools

[Time] Loan payments for some 8,000 programs, designed to propel students straight into careers but often landing them in worse debt than high school dropouts, will be capped at a percentage of their total income. The Obama Administration is taking aim at institutions designed to Read More