HBCU Scholar Recognition Program FAQs

  1. Who is this recognition program for? This recognition is for current HBCU students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level. All majors and classifications are welcome.
  2. What organization facilitates this recognition program? The U.S. Department of Education Office of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  3. What is the HBCU Scholar Recognition Program? This is HBCU student recognition program designed to honor current HBCU students for their excellence, i.e., successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities.
  4. Is there a cost associated with this recognition program? There is no cost associated with this program.
  5. Is this a Scholarship/Grant program? This is not a scholarship or grant program.  The Initiative will not directly provide selected HBCU students with any monetary funds. However, selected students will be invited to Initiative sponsored events and conferences at no expense to them.
  6. What are your terms and conditions? By nominating yourself for this recognition program, you consent to allow the Initiative to provide your contact information to employers and partners. You also consent to actively participating in all HBCU Scholar events and activities over the designated academic school year.  Failure to participate in few or more Initiative events may result in termination of recognition.
  7. Will I be able to connect with students and Initiative partners during and after this recognition? Yes, by nominating yourself for this opportunity and participating in this recognition, you consent to allow the Initiative to provide your contact information to employers and networks.
  8. Will I be invited to the HBCU Week National Annual Conference? All selected students will be invited to participate in the National Annual HBCU Week Conference. The Initiative will arrange and pay for of all lodging, airfare, and ground transportation associated with this event.
  9. What consist of public Recognition? Student names and institutions will be mentioned in an official U.S. Department of Education and White House Press Release. Student names, institution and hometowns will also be provided to the U.S. Departments, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs to inform U.S. and State Representatives. Formal Recognition Ceremony during HBCU Week Annual National Conference


If the Initiative can be of assistance in the nomination process,

or if you have further questions, please contact us at HBCUScholar@ed.gov or by phone at (202) 453-5634.