UNCF Awards $35 Million in Grants to 24 HBCU’s & PBI’s


Because more than half of recent African American college graduates are underemployed and 12 percent are unemployed, UNCF today announced that 24 colleges and universities will receive five-year grants totaling $35.3 million to implement programs to improve employment outcomes for their graduates. This was all made possible with the $50 million grant from Lilly Endowment to create CPI, in 2015.

These colleges and universities submitted proposals that reflect a commitment to strengthening career advising and mentoring, enhancing curricula, and supporting integrated co-curricular engagement. As part of CPI, they will develop a range of academic programs, student internships, industry partnerships, specialty certifications, and faculty development as they forge a new model for career readiness.

schoolComplete list of colleges and universities receiving the grants

HBCUs are constantly creating programs within their schools to help students succeed and accomplish the goal of graduation. Very little emphasis is focused on  the questions of after college. The best thing about CPI is their perspective is a shift from traditional programs. They are helping colleges and universities recognize the urgency of ensuring meaningful employment outcomes for students.

HBCUs represent only 3 percent of all two- and four-year U.S. colleges and universities, they enroll 10 percent of all African American undergraduates, produce 18 percent of all African American college graduates, and generate 25 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields earned by African Americans annually.

“The value proposition for HBCUs and PBIs remains strong, as these institutions disproportionately produce first-generation, low-income graduates of color,” said President Lomax. “UNCF and Lilly Endowment are helping to produce new pathways so that these deserving graduates have seamless transitions to meaningful careers. We heartily congratulate the 24 institutions chosen to lead this important work.”





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