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HBCU Empowerment Scholarship    


The newly formed Carter Family Scholastic Fund was born from a sense of community, passion for people, and an understanding of education's impact. Our mission is to enable, equip, and encourage students to pursue higher education and/or vocational studies while developing a commitment to the advancement of their communities. Our initiatives are focused on the development of African American leaders, strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and providing access to opportunities for economic advancement. 

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we thought it fitting to launch the HBCU Empowerment Scholarship on June 19th, a day that marks progress and change. We choose to be an agent for change.


Today, HBCUs are still an integral part of the black higher education experience in the United States. Inspired by the tradition and recognizing the importance of these institutions, the Carter Family Scholastic Fund will be awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a current or admitted student at Paine College as part of our Community Educational Initiative. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played an important role in closing the educational gap and providing a safe space for African American students to learn. We truly believe HBCUs matter, they give black students the audacity to be leaders, and HBCUs still play a vital role in delivering better futures for all Americans.

"In America, education is still the great equalizer." - Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2011


One (1) scholarship for $5,000 will be awarded to college students attending/admitted to Paine College to be used toward tuition and expenses. All students attending or admitted to Paine College are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer. Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual's essay submission. Essay submission deadline July 20th, 2020; all submissions will be evaluated by committee. 

To apply:

  1. 1. Complete the application here
  2. 2. As part of the application, submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words answering the prompt:
  3.    "Given our current climate and the shifting attitudes towards racial equality, explain the 
  4.     importance of HBCUs and what role they will play in the social, political, and/or economic 
  5.     advancement for Black Americans?" 


For more information or technical assistance, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, or via email: Hcarter@paine.edu. For assistance with the application, please contact Ms. Frances Wimberly in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs at Fwimberly@paine.edu.



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