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The nation’s premier convening of college and university executive leadership, faculty, students, and supporters, the Annual National HBCU Week Conference is back, September 24-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport.

National HBCU Week Conference- Raising the Bar: Forging Excellence through Innovation & Leadership will feature workshops, engagements, keynote addresses and interactive exhibits that will connect federal and private resources to the HBCU community.  Our culmination event, the 5th Annual National HBCU Week Conference Career and Recruitment Fair, a full day in-person event will feature professional development sessions, direct hiring, and recruitment opportunities.  Registration is required for the conference and career fair. Click on the images below to access the registration for each event.


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Scholarships and Resources for HBCU Students!

At BestColleges they believe that dream jobs start with dream schools, which is why we provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suited to their educational goals. As a trusted education advisor, they also host free college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare for life after college.

Pursuing a college degree is a costly proposition for most students, but it can be disproportionately expensive for Black students. Many Black students at historically Black colleges and universities(HBCUs) face hardships beyond their white peers, including increased student debt and less available institutional aid. However, making these students aware of scholarships, internships, and fellowships can make higher education more affordable for students attending HBCUs! created a scholarship guide specifically for HBCU students! Their guide covers:

  • Financial Considerations for HBCU Students
  • Excellent Scholarships for HBCU Students
  • Grants for HBCU Students
  • Additional Resources for Financial Assistance

Review our HBCU Scholarship guide below:

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Thank you for your consideration. If you have additional questions about HBCU scholarships, submit your questions to our education experts on our Ask a College Advisor page!

President Biden Announces Appointments to Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities



WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announces his intent to appoint qualified and diverse leaders to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The President’s Board will advance the goal of the HBCU Initiative, established by the Carter Administration, to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to its students and continue serving as engines of opportunity.

In 2021, President Biden appointed Drs. Tony Allen and Glenda Glover to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, respectively. In February, he appointed Dr. Dietra Trent as executive director of the White House HBCU Initiative.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting the vital mission of HBCUs. Through the American Rescue Plan, grant funding, and by forgiving capital improvement debt of many these institutions, the Biden-Harris Administration has already committed more than $5.8 billion in supportReestablishing the White House HBCU Initiative – and appointing qualified and diverse individuals to the Board – will allow the administration to build on that financial commitment with continued institutional support.

President Biden announces his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve as members on the board:

  • Makola M. Abdullah
  • Javaune Adams-Gaston
  • Paige Blake
  • Thasunda Brown Duckett
  • Willie A. Deese
  • Patrick Cokley
  • Monica Goldson
  • Brett J. Hart
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Beverly W. Hogan
  • Lisa P. Jackson
  • Shevrin D. Jones
  • Walter M. Kimbrough
  • William F. L. Moses
  • Christopher E. Paul
  • Quinton T. Ross Jr.
  • Ruth J. Simmons
  • Janeen Uzzell

Makola M. Abdullah

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah is the 14th President of Virginia State University (VSU). He is a member of numerous boards and committees including: Council of 1890s Presidents for Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU); Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College, and the Council of Presidents for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education, and Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Prior to his appointment as President of Virginia State University, Dr. Abdullah served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee. Dr. Abdullah is a Chicago native. He earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering and his doctorate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is the youngest African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He and his wife, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, Ph.D., are the proud parents of a son, Mikaili, and a daughter, Sefiyetu, who both are college graduates.

Javaune Adams-Gaston

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., serves as the seventh President of Norfolk State University, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest Historically Black College and University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Adams-Gaston is committed to the mission of Norfolk State University to transform the lives of students through access to higher education and excellence in scholarship, career preparation, and service. Dr. Adams-Gaston is committed to student success and the development of the student holistically through academic excellence, mentorship, mental and physical wellness, internships, and civic engagement. Since her arrival on campus in June 2019, Dr. Adams-Gaston has advocated for increased financial support for the benefit of students, faculty and staff and the stability of the institution. Dr. Adams-Gaston was pivotal in securing a $40 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott—the largest single gift in NSU’s history. She has led the university in successful efforts to secure grants and partnerships from corporations such as Microsoft, Netflix, Apple, IBM, Dominion Energy, and others. Under her tenure, NSU has been designated a Top 20 HBCU for consecutive years in U.S News and World Report Rankings. Prior to becoming President at Norfolk State University, Dr. Adams-Gaston served as Senior Vice President for Student Life at The Ohio State University. During her career at the University of Maryland, Dr. Adams-Gaston held numerous positions including psychologist, associate dean in academic affairs, assistant athletic director, equity administrator, and graduate faculty member. Dr. Adams-Gaston had a practice for 25 years as a licensed psychologist and as an educator, she is frequently asked to provide speeches, lectures, and to serve on panels regarding student success and leadership.

Paige Blake

Paige Blake is a 20-year-old native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. She is a junior at Bowie State University where she majors in Biology and is on the pre-med track. Paige plans to attend medical school to study Neurology to help others with Spina Bifida and other neurological conditions. Paige was diagnosed at age 4 with a rare form of Sacral Agenesis (a form of Spina Bifida). Over time she’s learned the importance of advocacy after having her own share of hardships in her life with her disability. Paige has used her personal experiences to advocate and help others in various ways, such as organizing donation drives with her Girl Scout troop where they sent medical supplies to countries overseas and working with The Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama’s White House Initiative on African American Excellence to advocate for disabled students. Currently, Paige has been named the 2021-2022 White House Initiative HBCU Competitiveness Scholar for Bowie State University. She also is working with The University System of Maryland Student Council as the Director of Student Affairs, where she advocates for students to ensure that present and future college students in the state of Maryland will have positive and equal opportunities.

Thasunda Brown Duckett

Thasunda Brown Duckett is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused investment solutions to millions of people working in higher education, healthcare and other mission-driven organizations. As TIAA’s CEO, Duckett leads a company whose mission is defined by financial inclusion and opportunity – goals and values she has upheld throughout her career. Duckett joined TIAA after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, where she oversaw a banking network with more than $600 billion in deposits and 50,000 employees. Duckett serves on the boards of NIKE, Inc., Brex Inc., Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Sesame Workshop, National Medal of Honor Museum, Economic Club of New York, University of Houston Board of Visitors and Dean’s Advisory Board for the Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. She’s a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Baylor University.

Willie A. Deese

Willie A. Deese is a retired pharmaceutical executive and corporate board member whose career spans 5 decades.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Merck and Co. Inc.  He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and credits his alma mater with providing him the foundational platform on which he was able to build a successful career.  He is recognized for his expertise in manufacturing and supply chain management as well as his proactive contributions defining healthy, engaged corporate cultures, implementing environmental and sustainability standards, DEI practices and policies, and leadership development.  He fervently believes that when we level the playing field by providing equitable resources and opportunities for all, it leads to positive outcomes that have an exponential impact on society.  Recently, North Carolina A&T named its College of Business and Economics in his honor.

Patrick Cokley

Patrick Cokley works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. In his role as Chief of Organizing Advocacy and Learning at Civic Influencers, Patrick believes in the importance of giving all young people the tools they need to be engaged citizens with the ability to bring positive change to their communities. Patrick’s dedication to service stems from the values he learned from his family as well as time at an HBCU. As a graduate of Howard University, Patrick believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Only together can our communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens. Originally from South Carolina, Patrick now makes his home in New Jersey. In addition to being a person who is low vision, Patrick is also the parent of two children with disabilities.

Monica Goldson

Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), is the dedicated and dynamic leader of the 20th largest school district in the nation. A three-time HBCU graduate, she is committed to creating transformative experiences that propel students to their highest levels of excellence. Dr. Goldson focuses on doing what is best for students and educators, especially amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her longtime advocacy for public education was key in mobilizing the PGCPS community to provide laptops, internet service and technology assistance to families in need while building virtual learning from the ground up. Beyond the schoolhouse, she is a member of Chiefs for Change, a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, and a board member of Nonprofit Prince George’s and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goldson holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. She has two adult sons, both graduates of Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Brett Hart

Brett Hart is President of United Airlines and is responsible for leading the company’s external-facing teams as well as operational workgroups including Technical Operations, Airport Operations, Corporate Safety, United Ground Express and Network Operations. He also oversees business-critical functions such as the customer experience, government affairs, corporate real estate, human resources, and labor relations teams.  Mr. Hart previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for United.  A longtime resident of Chicago, Mr. Hart has been extensively involved in social, cultural, and economic causes impacting his home community.  Brett serves on the boards of World Business Chicago, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, Northwestern Medical Group, and the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. Brett received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He is married and has three sons.

Taraji P. Henson

Academy Award-nominated and SAG and Golden Globe-winning actor, filmmaker, and activist, Taraji P. Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film Hustle & Flow.  In 2020, Henson wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” in Fox’s hit musical drama Empire, which has earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. Prior credits include Hidden Figures, which won her a SAG for Best Ensemble, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination.  In Summer 2022, she has Minions: The Rise of Gru and is currently in production on Blitz Bazawule’s The Color Purple, where she will star as Shug Avery. Henson launched TPH Entertainment with upcoming projects including Two-Faced with Bron Entertainment, which will mark Henson’s feature film directorial debut, Alessandro Camon’s Time Alone, which Henson will also star in, and Sorcerority, which she will co-produce with Game Changer Films and Gabrielle Union’s I’ll Have Another Productions. In October 2016, Henson released her New York Times bestselling novel “Around The Way Girl.” Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 in honor of her late father, which provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. Henson recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health called Peace of Mind with Taraji, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In 2019, Henson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beverly W. Hogan

Beverly Wade Hogan has a long and distinguished career as a public administrator, educator, community leader and humanitarian. As the first woman to lead the historic institution, Hogan served as President at Tougaloo College for 17 years. She retired with the distinction of President Emerita. She had also served the College as the founding director of the George A. and Ruth B. Owens Health, Wellness and Human Resources Center, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Interim President. During her presidential tenure, she and her team enhanced the college’s curricula with new undergraduate and graduate degree programs and  expanded partnerships with major research institutions for three plus two degree programs in law, engineering, and public health; established the Undergraduate Research Center, the Center for International Studies and Global Change, the Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery, the Early College High School; and made significant improvements in campus physical and technological infrastructure. Prior to becoming a college president, Hogan served as Commissioner of the Workers’ Compensation Commission; Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Federal State Programs; Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. She is a national voice for higher education, having served on the board of directors for the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities, NAFEO and UNCF. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, where she leads the company’s environmental initiatives, racial equity and justice initiative, global education policy programs, product accessibility efforts, corporate giving and philanthropic partnerships, and worldwide government affairs. Her work includes driving Apple’s support for HBCUs through coding initiatives, innovation partnerships and the launch of the Propel Center. Under President Barack Obama, she served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, becoming the first Black person to hold the position. She also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, following nearly 20 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lisa has been recognized as a leader in business and sustainability by numerous publications, including Ebony’s Power 100, Black Enterprise’s Women of Power, Essence Magazine’s 40 Women Who Have Influenced the World lists, and Women of Color magazine. She is the recipient of Princeton’s James Madison Medal and Tulane University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, among others. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She also holds an honorary degree from Spelman College and maintains close ties to Xavier University in New Orleans. She serves on the boards of Tulane University, the American Film Institute, and Conservation International and is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Lisa and her husband Kenneth reside in San Francisco.

Shevrin Jones

Florida State Senator Shevrin “Shev” Jones is an educator, public servant, and consensus builder who has dedicated his life to serving others and building pathways to opportunity. Thanks to the encouragement of his close-knit family and supportive teachers, Jones recognized from a young age the power of education as the great equalizer, a foundation that drove Shevrin into teaching to help students reach their full potential. A proud graduate of Florida A&M University, Jones taught high school chemistry in Broward Public Schools before founding L.E.A.D. Nation, a South Florida nonprofit organization committed to youth leadership development and social entrepreneurship training. Jones’ firsthand look at the inequities in education and society at large propelled him to enter public service, and since 2013, he has served in the Florida legislature, championing meaningful bipartisan legislation including two consecutive bills to secure dignity for incarcerated women; statewide expansion of a clean syringe exchange program; safety and oversight for athletic coaches for youth athletic teams; increased investment in underserved communities; and greater transparency and accountability for law enforcement. The first LGBTQ State Senator elected in Florida history, Jones served on President Barack Obama’s College Promise Task Force and is an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Young Elected Officials Network, and Millennial Action Project’s Florida Future Caucus. Today, Jones is completing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University.

Walter M. Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student bodypresident, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th President of Philander Smith College. In 2012, he became the 7th President of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Recently he has emerged as one of the leaders discussing free speech on college campuses. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media. He was cited by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right and was profiled in the text, “Digital Leadership In Higher Education.” In 2020 he was named by College Cliffs as one of 50 Top U.S. College and University Presidents.

William F. L. Moses

William F. L. Moses serves as Managing Director for the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program, which supports postsecondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in the United States and South Africa. The key architect of Kresge’s education programming, Bill leads the team’s continuum of grant activities and for more than 20 years has awarded grants to HBCUs and MSIs, including UNCF, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Paul Quinn College, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, and Xavier University, among others. Prior to joining Kresge, Bill served as Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, a Senior Analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a research officer at TechnoServe, and in various positions at the Alaska State Legislature, and the federal government, including the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Bill holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and is the author of A Guide to American State and Local Laws on South Africa and co-author of Corporate Responsibility in a Changing South Africa.  Bill currently serves on the advisory committees or boards of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, APIA Scholars, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s External Leadership Council, College Promise, Detroit College Access Network, and the Seal of Excelencia.

Christopher Paul

Christopher “Chris” Paul is a twelve-time NBA All-Star with the Phoenix Suns, two-time Olympic Gold medalist and is listed as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players in NBA history. Off the court, he’s a father, husband, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist. His leadership and impact are well noted in the sports industry as he recently ended an eight-year tenure as the President of the National Basketball Players Association. His advocacy for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is extremely important and through his Chris Paul Family Foundation, he has actively expanded a Business of Entertainment Media and Sports special topics course at NC A& T, Southern University, Winston Salem State and Clark Atlanta University.  His production company, Ohh Dip!!! creates content across multiple platforms, which includes the Why Not Us franchise of shows with NC Central Men’s Basketball and FAMU Football. Paul co-launched the Social Change Fund United dedicated to investing in and supporting organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all black lives. His philanthropic efforts have earned him the 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” award, 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, the NBA Community Assist Award five times, and most recently the inaugural Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of girls’ and women’s basketball and advocacy for the WNBA.

Quinton T. Ross Jr.

Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., is entering his fifth year as President of Alabama State University, having assumed the leadership role at his alma mater on October 3, 2017. His tenure has been marked by transformative and innovative leadership that has included a 130 percent increase in fundraising, expansion of national and global partnerships, advancement of strategic initiatives under the brand of “CommUniversity,” and an increased emphasis on student success. President Ross is a three-time graduate of Alabama State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education English, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. Dr. Ross is a distinguished career educator with more than 28 years of experience in Higher and K-12 public education. Prior to becoming the University’s 15th President, Dr. Ross served with distinction as a senator in the Alabama Legislature for four terms.

Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons is President of Prairie View A&M University. Prior to joining Prairie View, she served as President of Smith College from 1995 to 2001 and President of Brown University from 2001 to 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dillard University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Simmons serves on the Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of History and Culture and the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch.

Janeen Uzzell

Janeen Uzzell is the Chief Executive Officer at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest Black STEM community impacting society and industry. In her former role as the Chief Operating Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, Janeen drove process improvement and helped launch the Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund to address racial inequities in free knowledge. For nearly two decades, she held various roles at General Electric, working in healthcare technologies in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As the head of Women in Technology, she accelerated the number of women in technical roles. Her previous roles at GE included Global Director of External Affairs and Technology Programs, Director of Healthcare Programs at GE Africa (where Janeen lived for several years as an Ex-Pat in Accra, Ghana), Director of Global Healthcare Programs, Director of Healthcare Disparity Programs, and Director of Service Operations. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the United Nations Global Leadership Award and one of ADWEEK’s Top Black Women Trailblazers in Tech. Janeen received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and an MBA in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Janeen fuses her passion for social justice and her leadership to shine light on inequality in tech spaces and forge opportunities for others. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family and friends in Washington, D.C.


U.S. Department of Education Announces Action to Support HBCU Response to Bomb Threats


MARCH 16, 2022


Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have recently experienced a bomb threat resulting in a disruption to the campus learning environment, are eligible to apply for grant funds under the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program.

Project SERV provides short-term immediate funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have experienced a violent or traumatic incident to assist in restoring a safe environment conducive to learning.

“The recent bomb threats experienced by HBCUs have shaken students and fractured their sense of safety and belonging, which are critical to their academic success and wellbeing,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We, at the Department of Education, recognize how these threats evoke a painful history of violence against Black Americans in this country that is especially traumatizing to HBCU students, faculty, and staff. Today’s announcement will improve access to Project SERV grants for HBCUs as these institutions work to address students’ mental health needs, shore up campus security, and restore learning environments so that they can get back to doing what they do best—educating the next generation of great leaders.”

The Department will work with HBCUs that have received recent bomb threats to determine if Project SERV can help with immediate needs, such as targeted mental health resources or enhanced security to restore the learning environment on their campuses. Funding for Project SERV is limited, and awards typically range from $50,000 to $150,000 per school.

“The bomb threats against HBCUs, particularly concentrated in Black History Month, constitute a uniquely traumatic event, given the history of bombings as a tactic to intimidate and provoke fear in Black Americans during the long struggle for civil rights in the 20th century,” said Dietra Trent, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “In this context, even the threat of bombings at HBCUs can have a deep and unsettling impact on students, faculty, and staff that significantly disrupts the learning environment. Our HBCUs are pillars of strength and resiliency, and we will continue working to promote policies and practices that fortify that strength and advance educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity through these institutions.”

The Biden-Harris Administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty, and addressing these repeated threats to HBCU campuses. Following the first reports of the threats, Secretary Cardona and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas hosted a briefing with more than 40 presidents of HBCUs from across the nation to share information about grant programs, training resources, and other tools available to HBCUs to strengthen campus safety and security. Biden-Harris Administration leaders have also recently visited HBCU campuses, hearing firsthand about the need to modernize and update their operations, including campus safety and security, and the need for more resources to help bolster mental health services due to increased apprehension across the campus community.

In addition to today’s announcement, the Department will provide HBCUs with a compendium of the resources that are available across the Federal government. These other resources can help with long-term improvements to campus mental health programs, campus safety and emergency management planning and response.

An HBCU that experienced a recent bomb threat may receive more information about the opportunity for support under Project SERV by emailing


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The White House, Additional Resources to Access Free At-Home COVID Tests

The White House has launched a new resource to help individuals and families order free at-home COVID tests from Those who have difficulty accessing the Internet or need additional support placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 to get help in English and many other languages. This call-line is open 8AM to midnight ET – 7 days a week. A TTY line (1-888-720-7489) is also available to support access to hearing impaired callers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL) has also established additional resources. People with disabilities can reach out to the Disability Information and Assistance Line (DIAL) by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing at any time. Older adults can call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or visit the Eldercare Locator website to access live chat assistance or to browse resources. More information on these COVID-19 resources can be found here.

HBCU Events!

Upcoming Virtual Opportunities

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The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) is excited to announce the release of our 2022 HBCU Scholar Recognition Program Application.

Our nomination period is open now until, March 22, 2022. The Initiative will host an informational meeting on February 16, 2022 a 12:00PM, ET. If you are interested in attending this meeting please RSVP to Elyse Jones: A calendar invite will be sent to you!

Link to 2022 HBCU Scholar Application and site: White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Broadband Grant Programs Public Virtual Listening Sessions

NTIA will host broadband grant program public virtual listening sessions in connection with the five new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program; the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and the Digital Equity Act Programs, which include the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program, State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, and Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program. These public virtual listening sessions are designed to collect stakeholder input to help inform program development and implementation.

NTIA will hold the public virtual listening sessions based on the following schedule:

  1. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Broadband Programs Public Virtual Listening Session #5: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 2:30–4:00 p.m. ET.

These listening sessions will be hosted via NTIA’s virtual platform and conducted as a live public listening session. NTIA will post the registration information on its BroadbandUSA website .

Federal Register Notice: Broadband Grant Programs Public Virtual Listening Sessions

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U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development

Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Web Conference Call Investing in Rural Prosperity Date: February 22, 2022 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer Web Conference Call. Scheduled for February 22, 2022, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about investing in rural and underserved communities.

Topics to be discussed

  • Investing in climate resilience
  • Supporting local entrepreneurship and small businesses
  • Advancing racial equity through rural development investments

Participant Instructions

You must pre-register to receive a joining link for the event.

If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).

Access funding alerts and learn more about innovative strategies. Rural Gateway resources include:


Internal Revenue Service

During the month of March 2022, several divisions from the Internal Revenue Service (including W&I, SBSE, LB&I, IT, RAAS, TAS, Appeals, Chief Counsel, TEGE, HCO) will be hosting information sessions every Thursday highlighting different IRS positions each session, which we anticipate multiple openings nationwide in FY2022. Also, there will be a session on Tuesday, March 29th. We are inviting students and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to learn more about the work we do at the Internal Revenue Service and some of the great career opportunities to make the IRS a career choice.

IRS representatives will share insight into these exciting career opportunities along with how to apply for them.  These information sessions are your opportunity to speak to IRS employees to gain a better understanding of their day-to-day work.

To register for one of these sessions, please see the attached or RSVP using one of the links below.  Please note that capacity is limited for these sessions, so we advise you to register early.

Sessions will be held via Zoom, every Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time to discuss the following positions:

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March 3, 2022 @4:00

IRS information sessions for HBCUs & Alumni-Tax Administration support and Advocacy careers

March 10, 2022 @4:00

IRS information sessions for HBCUs & Alumni-IT, legal & criminal investigation careers

March 17, 2022 @4:00

IRS information session for HBCUs & Alumni- HR & Business Administration careers

March 24, 2022 @4:00

IRS information session for HBCUs and Alumni about STEM careers

March 29, 2022 @4:00

IRS information session for HBCUs & Alumni-Tax Compliance & Appeals careers

March 31, 2022 @4:00

IRS information session for HBCUs & Alumni Hiring Process & Resume tips

Click here to learn more about our organization and some of our positions.  Make Your Future Count!  If you want to use your talents to make a difference for America, you’re looking in the right place. We want the IRS workforce to be excited about the future and, as one of the nation’s largest and most diverse institutions, we can give you an inside view of the world of finance that you can’t find anywhere else. So, when it’s time for you to enter the workforce, we’re hoping you’ll consider working with us.

For additional information and questions about the virtual information session or these positions, send an email to with your name and inquiry and we will be happy to answer your questions. Take some time and come check us out. Thank you.

Student Opportunities!

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The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) is excited to announce the release of our 2022 HBCU Scholar Recognition Program Application.

Our nomination period is open now until, March 22, 2022. We are looking for the best and brightest HBCU student leaders to participate in this prestigious program! This highly competitive recognition program is open to current HBCU students of all majors and classifications. Students accepted into the program will work with the Initiative for one academic school year and be immersed in an intensive experience working closely with one another and Initiative partners from wide range of disciplines.

More information on the Initiatives recognition program and application requirements can be found by accessing the link below.

Link to 2022 HBCU Scholar Application and site: White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Learn the Value of AmeriCorps Service: Interested in addressing local challenges in communities across the country while developing job skills and earning money for school?

Join us for a virtual information session to find out if a year or summer as an AmeriCorps member serving with the VISTA program could be right for you. We’ll share service opportunities, benefits, requirements, and more.

AmeriCorps VISTA: Get the Basics

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2-3 p.m. ET



U.S. Department of Energy

DOE’s Office of Science is now Accepting Applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Awards

Students Will Perform Graduate Thesis Research at National Laboratories, The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Solicitation 1 cycle.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

The SCGSR program supports awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or host site in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist — with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. SCGSR is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 780 graduate awardees from more than 150 different U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at all 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the eight Office of Science research and advanced technology program offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities. Program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). More information can be found at


U.S. Department of Energy

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP)

Department of Energy Summer Internships, Student Stipend

  • Undergraduate- $650.00/ week
  • Graduate- $750.00/week
  • Housing- $240.00/week and up
  • Travel Allowance-up to $1,000.00

Join us for an Informational Session on:
February 16, 1pm EST or
Mar 8, 1pm EST

MEISPP@orise.orau.govA variety of disciplines that support the Department of Energy’s mission including science, technology, engineering, business, mathematics, policy, law and more. Professional and technical career experience with the guidance of a mentor.

Deadline: March 31, 2022
February 16th
March 8th
Department of Energy Summer Internships

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Applications are open for 4 IES Summer Research Methods Workshops. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is funding four research methods training programs that are holding workshops this summer. These workshops support the training of current education researchers to expand and upgrade their methodological skills. Participants include individuals located in colleges and universities, state and local education agencies, education-focused organizations, and companies that have developed and deployed education related products and services. The four training workshops include the following:

  • Evidence-based Intervention Training for Education: This program trains teams (2-6 people) working together on the use of Evidence-based interventions in school/educational settings. The teams may come from the same school or district and include research partners. The training will be held June 21-24 and follow-up coaching will be provided during the academic year. Applications are due by April 15. See
  • Economic Analysis: This program will hold two workshops. The first is a 3-day training (July 6-8) designed for state and local analysts who support significant policy decisions and the allocation of educational resources within and across districts. The second is a 5-individuals located in colleges and universities, state and local education agencies, education-focused organizations, and companies that have developed and deployed education related products and services. The four training workshops include the following:
  • Evidence-based Intervention Training for Education: This program trains teams (2-6 people) working together on the use of Evidence-based interventions in school/educational settings. The teams may come from the same school or district and include research partners. The training will be held June 21-24 and follow-up coaching will be provided during the academic year. Applications are due by April 15. See
  • Economic Analysis: This program will hold two workshops. The first is a 3-day training (July 6-8) designed for state and local analysts who support significant policy decisions and the allocation of educational resources within and across districts. The second is a 5-day training (July 11-15) designed for education researchers who are undertaking or planning to undertake cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses in education.  Applications are due by noon on March 31. See
  • Cluster-Randomized Trials: This program provides training on carrying out rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions including planning, implementing, and analyzing data for cluster-randomized trials randomized experiments. The workshop will be held June 20 – 30. Applications are due by March 18. See
  • Meta-analysis: This program will train researchers in state-of-the-art meta-analytic techniques.  The workshop will be held July 24 -30.  Applications are due by March 31. See

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U.S. Department of Energy


The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) announces the establishment of a Postdoctoral Research Program. This program will provide fixed term postdoctoral research positions at National Laboratories that support the mission of EM. Postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists to solve complex challenges in areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Deactivation & Decommissioning, Groundwater & Soil Remediation, Waste Treatment, and other Novel Materials Research.

For more information, please view the flyer here: DOE MSIPP POSTDOC FLYER.pdf

U.S. Department of Energy paid summer 2022 Internship opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions undergraduate/graduate students!

Apply Now!

Application deadline is February 17, 2022!

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Social Security Administration Fellowship and Grants Opportunities!

The Social Security Administration is offering various fellowship and grant opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Please market these student opportunities in the Department of Education’s weekly newsletters on a continuous basis from now until the application period closes on January 31, 2022.

We are also offering opportunities in the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grants Program information webinar on January 13. 2022 and application due date is February 25, 2022 this and additional information is contained on the attached link.  Please market these student opportunities in the Department of Education’s weekly newsletters on a continuous basis.

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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation invites college students to join us for a four-part webinar series this spring semester, featuring interactive conversations with leaders in the field of historic preservation, as well as inspirational individuals who are engaged in preserving, restoring, interpreting, and discussing the history and heritage of African Americans in the United States through the power of historic sites.

To register for one or more of our FREE webinars, just click on the following link:

  • February 23, 5 p.m. ET — Interpreting Enslaved People’s History Into Historic Sites
  • March 30, 2 p.m. ET –Preserving African American Burial Sites
  • April 27, 5 p.m. ET- Natural Disasters and Their Threat to Historic Preservation

To register for one or more of our FREE webinars, just click on the following link:

 Employment Opportunities!

Optoro is Hiring!

Optoro is a fast-growing technology company that is revolutionizing the retail industry. Every year, more than 15% of retail goods are returned or simply never sell. This creates tons of unnecessary waste and costs retailers billions.

Our mission is to make retail more sustainable by eliminating all waste from returns. Our technology platform connects a seamless online returns experience with efficient supply chain processing and best in class reCommerce, so that retailers can improve outcomes across all points of the returns lifecycle.

Backed by some of the top investors in the country – including Kleiner Perkins, Revolution Growth, and UPS – Optoro is powered by its collaborative, unconventional, and resourceful employees who love solving big problems. We are looking for individuals with similar creativity and energy to help build a lasting company focused on the triple bottom line.

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U.S. Department of Labor

Department of Labor Job Opportunities

As of February 10, 2022, DOL, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM/Office of Human Resources (OHR) reports a hiring surge for 213 career employment opportunities for federal employees, students, veterans groups, military spouses, Schedule A community, and Affinity groups. Direct application for all jobs must made via  All vacancy announcements have designated HR Specialist contact information.

The excepted service position has been posted on USAJOBS: Director of the Office of Strategic Operations(announcement number DOL-SES-OASAM-22-18) closes on March 7, 2022. If you are interested, please submit your application through USAJOBS as soon as possible.

Below is sampling of this weeks’ job announcement highlights. FULL list of application links for all DOL career opportunities can be found at .

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Institute for Education Sciences

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.  JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE: IES’ Office of Science is seeking professionals in education-related fields to join our team. The Office of Science, Standards and Review team is responsible for the scientific peer review of IES reports and for overseeing the scientific peer review of applications to research grant competitions. Information about the Office of Science is available here:

Two excepted service position announcements have been posted on USAJOBS: Education Research Scientist (announcement number IES-2022-0003) and Associate Education Research Scientist (announcement number IES-2022-0004); both are 3-year term appointments with possible 3-year extensions. The Office of Science is particularly interested in mid-career candidates who meet the qualifications described in the Education Research Scientist announcement (

These positions opened on Friday, January 28, 2022, and will close on Monday, February 28, 2022 or as soon as 200 applications have been received, whichever is earlier. If you are interested, please submit your application through USAJOBS as soon as possible.


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Career & Internship Vacancies

To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture is Hiring!

Meaningful internships offering hands-on experience in digital preservation of African American history and culture.

Deadline is February 15, 2022. See attached flyer!

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University Student Research Challenge (USRC)

Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2021 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES web site.

University Student Research Challenge (solicitation NNH21ZEA001N-USRC) seeks to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics.  USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for their projects and includes the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding campaign.  The process of creating and implementing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator – requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and raise awareness about their research among the public.

The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) are not required for this solicitation.  Three-page proposals for the next USRC cycle are due February 24, 2022. Proposals can also be submitted later and will be evaluated in the third cycle. The due date for the third cycle is June 23, 2022.

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U.S. Department of Defense

The DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Summer Research Program is open for applications. Sponsored by the DoD HBCU/MI Program, the Summer Research Program provides a bridge between the classroom and real-world experiences and aims to increase the number of underrepresented scientists and engineers throughout the DoD. The summer program encourages students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, guides them toward advanced studies, and prepares them for careers in science and engineering fields important to the defense mission. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, will participate in the program for 11 weeks and will be placed in DoD facilities across the nation. Students conduct research relevant to the defense mission under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers. The program is from May 31, 2022, to August 12, 2022.

Applications are open to full-time HBCU/MI students or recent graduates. The deadline to submit applications is February 15, 2022 at 11:59 PST. The application website is available here:

National and Federal Opportunities!

Health Equity Research Network (HERN) on Disparities in Maternal-Infant Health Outcomes

Submit your pre-proposal by Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 3 pm Central Time The American Heart Association (AHA) has committed $20 million to establish a Health Equity Research Network — an opportunity to significantly advance our understanding of the factors underlying the disproportionate impact of maternal mortality and morbidity on Black women, Native American women, and those living in rural areas. Because heart and vascular issues account for about half of these deaths, the AHA is uniquely positioned to address this critical issue. Among the unique features of this grant mechanism:

  •  Focus on population(s) with documented disparities
  • Applicant teams will submit 3-5 projects
  • At least one project must incorporate the use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) into its research design.
  • Network proposals must originate from academic institutions that focus on educating individuals from groups who are under-represented in science

OR must partner with an institution focused on educating or serving under-represented individuals and communities (i.e., institution of higher learning focused on the education of Black/Hispanic/American Indian/non-White students or non-profit community hospital or other research/care institution that serves an underrepresented population).

Pre-proposals are due via email to and must use the template provided.
Invited full proposals will be due by Thursday, April 21, 2022, 3 pm Central Time.


U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Research and Development Grants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued its Fiscal Year 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Research and Development grants.  The NOFO is now available at and closes on April 5, 2022.  All institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply.  Feel free to forward this message to others that may be interested.

If you have questions regarding grants, please contact:

Nancy Hebron-Isreal; Program Manager, Sr. Grants Administrative Specialist , Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,; 301-415-6996

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U.S. Department of Education

Grant Opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs is pleased to announce a grant opportunity related to the preparation of special education, early intervention, and related services personnel attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISIs).

The purpose of this priority is to increase the number of ethnically and racially diverse personnel who are fully credentialed to serve children, including infants, toddlers, and youth with disabilities.  Under this grant competition, the Department will fund high-quality projects within MSIs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel at the certification, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, educational specialist degree, or clinical doctoral degree levels.

The purpose of the OSEP Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to:

  • help address State-identified needs for qualified personnel —in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education— to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and
  • ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically-based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

We invite you to learn more about this grant opportunity. OSEP will post a pre-recorded webinar that can be found at by the end of the week (2/11/2022).  A recording of the webinar will be available at within five days after the pre-application webinar.

For more details on grant application requirements please review the notice informing applicants: . Lastly, prospective applicants can reach the OSEP point of contact for the grant program, Tracie Dickson at 245-7844 or (202) 987-0145.


U.S. Economic Development  Administration

EDA’s American Rescue Plan Programs, Status update on EDA’s, American Rescue Plan programs

Due to the high volume of applications and interest EDA has received for its six innovative programs funded through the American Rescue Plan, EDA is providing the following status update. EDA strongly recommends any entities actively working on an application to contact their local Economic Development Representative to discuss their region’s availability of funds.

Read more about EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs

EDA seeks additional applications for grants to support research of EDA’s American Rescue Plan, which aim to strengthen regional economies nationwide and support economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

EDA is currently reviewing applications for American Rescue Plan funding and has determined that it has received no or limited applications addressing critical areas of research into the following EDA American Rescue Plan programs – Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA); Indigenous CommunitiesTravel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation; and Statewide Planning.

EDA encourages new applications specifically focused on these research areas or entities that have already submitted applications to submit modifications to their proposals to encompass these additional research areas. Click here to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity and to submit an application.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. ET March 11.

Research awards – ranging from $200,000 to $600,000 each – should be national in scope and focus on one of the research areas identified above; and will support real-time data collection and understanding of the implementation of an identified American Rescue Plan program. Specifically, EDA is looking to fund research projects that will allow EDA to understand how the full suite of American Rescue Plan funding is being used, identify lessons learned about how the programs are being implemented, and ultimately support, facilitate, and encourage learning in real-time. No matching funds are required. However, provision of match is an evaluation criterion under the Research component and applications that propose matching share may be considered more competitive in the evaluation process.

Awards will provide critical, cutting-edge research and best practices to regional, state, and local practitioners in the economic development field, thereby enhancing understanding and implementation of economic development concepts throughout the country.

EDA will evaluate each application based on:

  • Organizational or applicant capacity and personnel;
  • Strategic approach;
  • Feasibility of the budget and financial match;
  • Feasibility of deliverables and timeline;
  • Sustainability, scalability, and dissemination; and
  • Cross-collaboration with other EDA and/or other economic development partners.

For more information, click here to view a webinar about the EDA American Rescue Plan Research & Networks program. (Webinar PPT slides here – PDF) For more information about EDA’s American Rescue Plan, programs visit: Questions? Email

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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is now accepting applications for its “Improving Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Education Agencies” grant program. The program seeks to counteract instructional and learning loss encountered by many learners during the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing two research networks: one examining recovery activities in Pre-K through Grade 12, and the other examining recovery activities in community colleges. IES is particularly interested in supporting research that addresses learning acceleration and recovery for underrepresented student subgroups that were disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2022. For more information, refer to the Request for Applications listed here or on

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U.S. Department of Transportation

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Transportation (DOT) currently has three (3) Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) that will be open for the next two (2) months. We would like to make sure these NOFOs are circulated to HBCUs located in the following states noted below.  These NOFOs are being announced  to establish and support regional Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) to provide business training, technical assistance, and information to DOT grantees and recipients, prime contractors, and subcontractors.

DOT NOFO Funding Opportunities:

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National Endowment for the Arts

Research Funding Opportunities. Guidelines are available for two funding programs offered through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis:

  • Research Grants in the Arts funds research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Matching/cost share grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be awarded.
  • NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share grants of $100,000 to $200,000 will be awarded. Application guidelines for the present round of funding are available on the Arts Endowment website. The upcoming deadline for both programs is March 28, 2022.
  •  Questions should be directed to the Office of Research & Analysis staff at

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NASA SBIR and STTR 2022 Phase I Program Solicitations

The NASA SBIR and STTR 2022 Phase I Program Solicitations are now open, with proposals due by March 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET.

The annual NASA SBIR and STTR Phase I solicitations are your invitation to join a community of NASA experts, small businesses, and research institutions who are researching and developing the technologies of tomorrow. If selected, you could be awarded up to $150,000 to further develop your technology idea. And Phase I is just your start…you can receive up to $1.15 million during your first three years, plus up to nearly $3 million or more through our Post Phase II opportunities. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your submission:

1. Carefully read the solicitation(s) you’re applying to, including:

  • Chapter 2, which has information about how to complete the Small Business Administration (SBA) and registration processes: SBIR | STTR
  • Chapter 9, which contains the Focus Area and Subtopics that you will need to choose from: SBIR | STTR

2. Attend the January 20th “Dissecting the Solicitations” webinar. A recording will be posted on the program’s website if you are unable to attend.

3. Consider applying for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program and/or Technical and Business Assistance (TABA), which help small businesses commercialize their innovations through additional funding and other support. You’ll be able to indicate interest in either one when submitting your proposal.

4. Review other materials available on the NASA SBIR/STTR program website, such as:

  • The Firm Templates, which will get you familiar with required forms
  • The Resource Library, especially the “Preparing for a Phase 1 submission to increase likelihood of award” section We look forward to receiving your proposals by March 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET


U.S. Department of Agriculture

About the Farm to School Grant Program On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants that support planning, developing, and implementing farm to school programs. USDA’s Farm to School grants are an important way to help state, regional, and local organizations as they initiate, expand, and institutionalize farm to school efforts.

FY2022 Request for Applications (RFA) Now Available!

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Farm to School Grant Program RFA is now available through Be sure to visit the Grant Applicants Resources page to access other helpful resources, including links to webinars that provide specific assistance on applying for a Farm to School Grant.

Application Period Opens for Rural Business Development Grants

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues.

Rural public entities are eligible to apply, including but not limited to: towns/local government, state agencies, authorities, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, federally-recognized Tribes, and rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation).    RBDG funds must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

Applications must be submitted to Rural Development by February 28, 2022, 4:30 p.m. local time.

DHS HBCU Symposium: The Path Forward: Campus Safety and Resilience

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Symposium

The Path Forward: Campus Safety and Resilience


This multi-agency event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will focus on campus safety and resilience. Information about funding  opportunities and campus safety resources will be shared with symposium attendees.  HBCU faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend. Invited speakers span the public, private, and law enforcement sectors.

Date:  February 10, 2022

Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

To access the program, use this  link:

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Meeting ID: 161 607 4828

Passcode: 199654

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Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Presidential Executive Order 14041

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws
of the United States of America, and in order to advance equity in economic and
educational opportunities for all Americans, including Black Americans, strengthen the
capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide the
highest-quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and
benefit from Federal programs, and ensure that HBCUs can continue to be engines
of opportunity, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. HBCUs have a proud history and legacy of achievement. In the face
of discrimination against Black Americans by many institutions of higher education, HBCUs
created pathways to opportunity and educational excellence for Black students throughout our
Nation. That legacy continues. Today, more than 100 HBCUs, located in 19 States, the
District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, serve nearly 300,000 students
annually. HBCUs vary in size and academic focus and serve a range of diverse
students and communities in urban, rural, and suburban settings.

HBCUs play a vital role in providing educational opportunities, scholarly growth, and a
sense of community for students. HBCU graduates are barrier breaking public servants,
scientists, artists, lawyers, engineers, educators, business owners, and leaders. For
generations, HBCUs have been advancing intergenerational economic mobility for Black
families and communities, developing vital academic research, and making our country more
prosperous and equitable. HBCUs are proven means of advancement for people of all
ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds, especially Black Americans. HBCUs produce
nearly 20 percent of all Black college graduates and 25 percent of Black
graduates who earn degrees in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and

HBCUs’ successes have come despite many systemic barriers to accessing resources and
opportunities. For example, compared to other higher education institutions, on average
HBCUs educate a greater percentage of lower- income, Pell-grant eligible students, while
receiving less revenue from tuition and possessing much smaller endowments. Disparities in
resources and opportunities for HBCUs and their students remain, and the COVID–19
pandemic has highlighted continuing and new challenges. These challenges include
addressing the need for enhanced physical and digital infrastructure in HBCU communities
and ensuring equitable funding for HBCUs as com- pared to other institutions of
higher education. The Federal Government must promote a variety of modern
solutions for HBCUs, recognizing that HBCUs are not a monolith, and that the opportunities
and challenges relevant to HBCUs are as diverse as the institutions themselves and the
communities they serve.

It is the policy of my Administration to advance educational equity, excellence, and
economic opportunity in partnership with HBCUs, and to ensure that these vital
institutions of higher learning have the resources and support to continue to thrive for
generations to come.

Sec. 2. White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic
Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

(a) In furtherance of the policy set out in section 1 of this order, there is established in
the Department of Education (Department), the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational
Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (Initiative), led by an Executive Director designated by the
President and appointed consistent with applicable law. The Executive Director
shall manage the day-to-day operations of the Initiative, in consultation with
the Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement as
appropriate, and coordinate with senior officials across the Executive Office of
the President, who shall lend their expertise and advice to the Initiative.

(b) The Initiative, in coordination with senior officials across the Executive Office of
the President, shall provide advice to the President on advancing equity, excellence,
and opportunity at HBCUs and for the communities they principally serve by
coordinating a Government-wide policymaking effort to eliminate barriers HBCUs face
in providing the highest-quality education to a growing number of students. The
Initiative’s recommendations shall include advice on advancing policies, programs, and
initiatives that further the policy set out in section 1 of this order.

(i) To support implementation of this Government-wide approach to breaking down
systemic barriers for HBCU participation in Federal Government programs, the Director of
the Office of Management and Budget and the Assistant to the President for
Domestic Policy shall coordinate closely with the Secretary of Education (Secretary),
the Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the
Executive Director, and the Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs (as
established in section 3 of this order) to ensure that the needs and voices of HBCUs,
their faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the communities they principally serve are
considered in the efforts of my Administration to advance educational equity, excellence, and

(ii) The Initiative shall also perform the following specific functions:

(A) supporting implementation of the HBCU Propelling Agency Relation- ships Towards a New Era
of Results for Students Act (Public Law 116– 270) (PARTNERS Act);

(B) working closely with the Executive Office of the President on key Administration
priorities related to advancing educational equity, excellence, and economic
opportunity through HBCUs, in partnership with HBCU leaders, representatives, students,
and alumni;

(C) working to break down barriers and expand pathways for HBCUs to access Federal
funding and programs, particularly in areas of research and development, innovation, and
financial and other support to students;

(D) strengthening the capacity of HBCUs to participate in Federal pro- grams, access
Federal resources, including grants and procurement opportunities, and partner with Federal

(E) advancing and coordinating efforts to ensure that HBCUs can respond to and recover from
the COVID–19 pandemic and thoroughly support students’ holistic recovery, from
academic engagement to social and emotional wellbeing;

(F) developing new and expanding pre-existing national networks of individuals,
organizations, and communities to share and implement administrative and programmatic
best practices related to advancing educational equity, excellence, and opportunity at

(G) fostering sustainable public-private and philanthropic partnerships as well as
private-sector initiatives to promote centers of academic research and program excellence at HBCUs;

(H) strengthening capacity to improve the availability, dissemination, and quality
of information about HBCUs and HBCU students for the American public;

(I) partnering with private entities, elementary and secondary education providers, and
other stakeholders to build a pipeline for students that may be interested in
attending HBCUs, facilitate HBCU modernization, address college affordability, and
promote degree attainment;

(J) addressing efforts to promote student success and retention, including college affordability,
degree attainment, campus modernization and infra- structure improvements, and the
development of a student recognition program for high-achieving HBCU students;

(K) encouraging the development of highly qualified, diverse, culturally responsive
educators and administrators reflective of a variety of communities and backgrounds in
order to ensure that students have access to educators and administrators who
celebrate, cultivate, and comprehend the lived experiences of HBCU students and effectively
meet their learning, social, and emotional needs;

(L) establishing clear plans to strengthen Federal recruitment activities at HBCUs to
build accessible and equitable pathways into Federal service and talent programs;

(M) meeting regularly with HBCU students, leaders, and representatives to address matters
related to the Initiative’s mission and functions; and

(N) hosting the National HBCU Week Conference, for HBCU executive leaders, faculty,
students, alumni, supporters, and other stakeholders to share information, innovative
educational tools and resources, student success models, and ideas for Federal engagement.

(c) The head of each ‘‘applicable agency,’’ as defined in section 3(1) of
the PARTNERS Act, shall submit to the Secretary, the Executive Director, the Committee
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, the Committee on
Education and Labor of the House of Representatives, and the President’s Board of
Advisors on HBCUs (as established in section 3 of this order) an Agency Plan, not later than February 1 of each year, describing
efforts to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate or be eligible to
participate in the programs and initiatives under the jurisdiction of such applicable agency.
The Agency Plans shall meet the requirements established in section 4(d) of the PARTNERS Act.

(i) In addition, the Agency Plan shall specifically address any changes to
agency policies and practices that the agency deems necessary or appropriate to
ensure that barriers to participation are addressed and removed. Each Agency Plan
shall include details on grant and contract funding provided to HBCUs and, where the
agency deems necessary or appropriate, describe plans to address disparities in furtherance
of the objectives of this order.

(ii) The Executive Director shall monitor and evaluate each agency’s progress
towards the goals established in its Agency Plan and shall coordinate with each
agency to ensure that its Agency Plan includes measurable and action-oriented goals.

(d) There is established an Interagency Working Group, which shall be chaired by the
Executive Director and composed of liaisons and representatives designated by the
heads of each applicable agency as defined in the PARTNERS Act to help advance and
coordinate the work required by this order. Additional members of the Interagency
Working Group shall include senior officials from the Office of the Vice
President, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the White House Gender Policy
Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Office of Science and
Technology Policy, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and representatives
of other components of the Executive Office of the President, as the Executive
Director, in consultation with the Secretary and the Assistant to the President and
Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, considers appropriate.

The Interagency Working Group shall collaborate regarding resources and opportunities available

across the Federal Government to increase educational equity and opportunities for HBCUs.

The Executive Director may establish subgroups of the Interagency Working Group.

(e) The Department shall provide funding and administrative support for the Initiative
and the Interagency Working Group, to the extent permitted by law and within existing
appropriations. To the extent permitted by law, including the Economy Act (31 U.S.C.
1535), and subject to the availability of appropriations, other agencies and offices
represented on the Interagency Working Group may detail personnel to the Initiative, to assist
the Department in meeting the objectives of this order.

(f) To advance shared priorities and policies that advance equity and economic
opportunity for underserved communities, the Initiative shall collaborate and coordinate
with other White House Initiatives related to equity and economic opportunity.

(g) On an annual basis, the Executive Director shall report to the President through
the Secretary, with the support and consultation of the Assistant to the President and
Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement as appropriate, on the Initiative’s
progress in carrying out its mission and function under this order.

Sec. 3. President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
(a) There is established in the Department the President’s Board of Advisors on
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Board). The Board shall fulfill the
mission and functions established in section 5(c) of the PARTNERS Act. The
Board shall include sitting HBCU presidents as well as leaders from a variety of sectors,
including education, philanthropy, business, finance, entrepreneurship, innovation, science
and technology, and private foundations.

(b) The President shall designate one member of the Board to serve as its Chair,
and may designate another member of the Board to serve as Vice Chair. The
Department shall provide funding and administrative support for the Board to the extent
permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

(c) The Board shall be composed of not more than 21 members appointed by the
President. The Secretary of Education and Executive Director of the Initiative or
their designees shall serve as ex officio members.

(d) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may
apply to the Board, any functions of the President under that Act, except that of
reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Chair, in accordance with
guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.

(e) Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but may receive
travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for
persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701–5707).

Sec. 4. Administrative Provisions. (a) This order supersedes Executive Order 13779 of
February 28, 2017 (White House Initiative To Promote Excellence and Innovation at
Historically Black Colleges and Universities), which is hereby revoked. To the
extent that there are other Executive Orders that may conflict with or overlap
with the provisions in this order, the provisions in this order supersede those
prior Executive Orders on these subjects.

(b) As used in this order, the terms ‘‘Historically Black Colleges and
Universities’’ and ‘‘HBCUs’’ shall mean those institutions listed in 34 C.F.R. 608.2.

(c) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide
information to the Initiative and Board established in this order, consistent with
applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Initiative and the Board.

(d) Each executive department and agency shall bear its own expenses of participating in
the Initiative established in this order.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to
impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head
thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to
budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the
availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit,
substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party
against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers,
employees, or agents, or any other person.

September 3, 2021.



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