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Occidental College in Los Angeles to Create $40 Million Endowment for Barack Obama Scholars Program

Barack Obama in Occidental’s Clapp Library sometime between 1979 and 1981. (PHOTO: THOMAS GRUMMAN)

by Mike McPhate via nytimes.com

It has long been one of the lesser-known facts about the life of Barack Obama. For all the talk about the former president and his Ivy alma maters — Columbia University and Harvard Law School — he actually spent the first two years of his higher education life, from 1979 to 1981, attending Occidental College in Los Angeles.

For Occidental, or Oxy as it is known, Mr. Obama has long been its little-known claim to fame. That may be about to change for this 2,000-student private liberal arts college founded in 1887. Occidental is announcing on Wednesday the creation of the Barack Obama Scholars Program, a $40 million endowment intended to cover the $70,000 annual tab of tuition and board for 20 students a year.

It will be aimed at providing four-year scholarships to veterans, community college transfers and those who are the first in their family to go to college. “My years at Occidental College sparked my interest in social and political causes, and filled me with the idea that my voice could make a difference,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. He said he hoped this program would “train the next generation of leaders and active citizens, and fill them with the conviction that they too can change the world.”

The program has raised $7 million, enough to fund two scholarships, starting next fall. The goal is to create a big enough endowment to fund not only scholarships but post-graduation fellowships for students who head into low-paying fields. Mr. Obama, who has been doing quite well financially since leaving the White House, has not yet written a check, but the president of Occidental, Jonathan Veitch, said the former president was high on his list of asks. “I am going all over the world asking people for money,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I ask him?”

“There are not many liberal arts colleges that educate a president,” Mr. Veitch said. “We are very proud of the fact and very proud of him. We thought this would be a great way to honor him and have our students emulate the values he represents.”

Source: California Today: L.A. College Teams Up With a Former Student, Barack Obama – NYTimes.com

Outstanding 17 Year-Old High School Student Jahmir Smith Offered 33 Full-Ride Scholarships

Jahmir Smith (photo via huffingtonpost.com)

by Zahara Hall via huffpost.com

As a kid, high school junior Jahmir Smith never had a dream college. But for a number of universities, he’s their dream student. The 17-year-old North Carolina native has already been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools and has received 33 full-ride scholarship offers, according to ABC 11 Eyewitness News.

While Smith has a 4.43 GPA at Lee County High School and an impressive ACT score, as well as enough credits to graduate a year early, The News & Observer reported that he’s also constantly being contacted by college football recruiters for his athleticism, receiving hundreds of texts from Division I coaches. Smith, who started playing football in middle school, has a composite three-star rating out of five on the sports website 247sports.com.

Additionally, he was chosen as 2016’s News & Observer’s Metro Football pick after scoring 41 touchdowns and running 2,130 yards in one season. Smith told HuffPost that while he doesn’t plan on making a career out of football, he’s certainly willing to give the NFL a shot. “It’s fast money,” he said. “But I don’t want it as a career because it would take a toll on my body.”

He added that if he doesn’t make the NFL, he wants to explore the medical field, specifically anesthesiology. In whatever he pursues, Smith is aware he’ll face challenges because of his race. But that’s not stopping him in the least bit. “I know the odds are against me because of my skin tone and all, but I don’t really let it get to me,” he said. “I just stay to myself and try to help those around me. I’ve always understood since I was little that people would see me different.”

To read more, go to: Outstanding High School Junior Already Offered 33 Full-Ride Scholarships | HuffPost

Cheyenne Boyce Wins Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship


Cheyenne Boyce, of Detroit, MI, is the 2010 winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters.  Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, called Boyce this morning during the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which airs in 115 markets and reaches more than eight million listeners every week. Boyce was selected from more than 500 applicants for the scholarship.

“I was totally in shock when I got the call,” said Boyce, the oldest of three daughters. “In fact, when I hung up, my sister asked me if it was an April Fool’s joke! .. I’ve worked so hard in junior high and in high school, and now all this work is paying off. This [scholarship] is so important to me because the financially burden isn’t on my family, and I can focus on my studies.”

Boyce, who is the third Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar, said she is undecided about which black college to attend in the fall, but plans on doing some research over the next week.  Joyner, who was among the judges, said he was impressed with Boyce’s overall academic record, poise and determination. “Cheyenne is an outstanding student who has worked hard to become the No. 1 student at one of Detroit’s most competitive schools,” Joyner said. “I’m so proud of what she’s accomplished, and that she’ll represent the Foundation as one of our Full Ride scholars.”  Other judges included Thomas Joyner, Jr., the Foundation’s president and CEO, Oscar Joyner, president and COO of Reach Media Inc. and Executive Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Myra J., writer for Tyler Perry Studios and several members of the media.

Boyce is ranked No. 1 at Detroit’s highly competitive Cass Technical High School where she is interested in international relations, the environment and music. She’s graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and has studied Japanese throughout high school, including traveling to the country last summer where she lived with a family.  She plays the cello and is headed to New York to perform.  “I want everyone in Detroit to look at me and say, ‘I can do it, I can succeed if I work hard,'” Boyce said. “You can get good grades, have a social life and go to college.”

Brian Diskin, a teacher in Cass Technical’s Social Studies Department, said in his recommendation that Boyce “is among the very best students I have taught over my nineteen year career.” “Cheyenne has a multitude of academic skills that she uses to greatest effect,” he said.  Sophia Sims, guidance counselor at the high school, wrote, “When I think of Cheyenne Boyce, three words come to mind – intelligent, focused and talented. “Miss Boyce has always taken the most challenging classes available and these efforts have given her a strong and competitive foundation.”  The two previous Tom Joyner Full Ride Scholars – Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, NY and Blaine Robertson of Reserve, LA – both attend Howard University in Washington, DC.

To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to BlackAmericaWeb.com.

To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2010; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2010; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges.  It has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs.  For more information about the Foundation go toBlackAmericaWeb.com/Foundation

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