Albany State among HBCUs to receive intern support grants

Sep. 25—WASHINGTON, D.C. — The HBCU National Center Foundation is bestowing $41,000 in Intern Support Grants to the HBCUs whose presidents or chancellors are participating in the 2022 National HBCU Week Conference, sponsored by the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

The Intern Support Grant is a $1,000 cash grant that is intended to be used by the HBCU in any manner that advances, promotes, or sustains its Washington, D.C., internship program. Among the schools selected to receive the grants are Georgia's three public HBCUs: Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities.

Grants have been awarded to the following institutions:

Alabama A&M State University, Daniel Wims

Alabama State University, Quinton Ross Jr.

Albany State University, President Marion Fedrick

Allen University, Ernest McNealey

Arkansas Baptist College, President Regina Favors

Atlanta University Center Consortium, Said Sewell

Benedict College, Roslyn Clark Artis

Bennett College, President Suzanne Walsh

Bishop State Community College, President Olivier Charles

Chicago State University, President Zaldwaynaka Scott

Clinton College, Lester McCorn

Coppin State University, Anthony Jenkins

Denmark Technical College, Willie Todd Jr.

Dillard University, Rochelle Ford

Edward Waters University, A. Zachary Faison

Fort Valley State University, Paul Jones

Harris Stowe State University, LaTonia Collins Smith

Norfolk State University, Javaune Adams-Gaston

Jarvis Christian College, Lester Newman

Johnson C. Smith University, President Clarence Armbrister

Lane College, Logan Hampton

Lawson State Community College, Cynthia T. Anderson

Mississippi Valley State University, Jerryl Briggs

Morris Brown College, Kevin James

Oakwood University, Leslie Pollard

Prairie View A&M University, President Ruth J. Simmons

Rust College, Ivy Taylor

Saint Augustine's University, Christine Johnson-McPhail

Saint Phillips Community College, Adena Williams Loston

Savannah State University, Kimberly Ballard-Washington

Shaw University, Paulette Dillard

Shorter College, President Jerome Green

Southern University and A&M College, President Dennis Shields

Spelman College, Helene Gayle

Stillman College, Cynthia Warrick

Tougaloo College, Carmen J. Walters

Trenholm State Community College, Kemba Chambers

Tuskegee University, Charlotte P. Morris

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Heidi Anderson

West Virginia State University, President Ericke Cage

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The HBCU National Center Foundation was established in 2021 with a gift of $1 million by Honorable Jacqueline Lewis, an educator, and philanthropist. The Foundation provides grants for two purposes: internship support for HBCU career centers and free housing for interns. These grants address the structural inequity of housing in Washington and clear a path from education to transformational careers for HBCU students.

In 2021, Lewis was inspired by President Biden's call for diversity in the federal government and Mackenzie Scott's gifts to underfunded schools.