2019 Rising Knights HBCU College Tour

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This unique tour strives to stimulate an interest, among select students, in attending one of the public or privately supported HBCUs. This year, we will visit seven colleges: Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Philander Smith College, Rust College, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Kentucky State University and LeMoyne-Owen College. The long term objective of the project is to develop the ways and means to assure that qualified BMHS high school students become familiar with the historic mission of Black Colleges and Universities and their broad range of high quality educational programs and academic fields. Another objective is to identify students who would especially benefit from the stimulating and supportive learning environments so characteristic of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, while comprising only three percent of the nation's 3,688 institutions of higher learning, are responsible for producing approximately 23 percent of all bachelor's degrees. Over 50 percent of African Americans who graduate from HBCUs go on to graduate or professional schools. HBCUs contribute to the continuing rise of black intellectuals, professionals, and creative artists which is so evident throughout American society. HBCUs graduate over 50 percent African American professionals, 50 percent of African American public school teachers and 70 percent of African American dentists. HBCUs also award more than one in three of the degrees held by African Americans in natural sciences.

By participating in this fundraiser, you will be helping approximately 20 young people in their pursuit of higher education! Our students will receive an enhanced awareness of the academic programs, entrance requirements, career opportunities, social and emotional support mechanisms and financial resources offered by HBCUs. In addition, our own Knightingales Step Team will be performing! The trip will also include time where the youth will be able to see the most popular sites and attractions in the areas, as well as participate in a community service project.

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Regina D. Hendrix

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