The human brain is truly an exceptional resource. And when given the right opportunities and adequate support it needs to grow and thrive, the brain can be an amazing investment.
A college education is an invaluable opportunity, and adds a certain edge to those who take it seriously. Historically black colleges, in particular, have managed to produce 18 percent of African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees as well as 25 percent of African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.
Three years ago, they were four percent of all four-year colleges and universities in the country, but historically black colleges and universities have been able to master providing their students with both the skills they need as well as the skills society needs them to have. The U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities gathered research suggesting that university and college students are optimally served when they complete their degrees on time, persisting through their specific curriculum, and graduating with small or no debts and the ability to find prospective employment opportunities.
The financial burden of a college education is something a majority of U.S. undergraduates are facing today, and even more so within historically black universities and colleges, as their students are primarily first-generation minority students from low-income households. So obviously, something needs to be done to ease the financial strain.
A scholarship as little as $5,000 has the power to increase graduation rate by 7 percent, according to the United Negro College Fund. It’s statistics like those that have pushed companies to invest in students, because they’re ultimately investing in the future. Anheuser-Busch partnered with the UNCF to invest $150,000 in scholarships to support the education and development of 30 exceptional student leaders.
The student leaders, who are all enrolled in historically black colleges and universities, were spotlighted at the Legends of the Crown Leadership Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The weekend-long event had participants immerse themselves in a community service project, leadership development training, and career-building seminars.
It’s events like the Legends of the Crown Leadership Symposium that highlight the country’s dire need to support our college students more than just financially. Scholarships and adequate financial aid programs aren’t enough, the youths of today needs access to more well-rounded resources and proactive programs so they can become the leaders of tomorrow.
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