AT&T Inclusion Scholarship
In March 2010, AT&T and The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) partnered with Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) and Solutions Marketing Group (SMG) to establish a grant program to support the efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to increase the numbers of diverse, traditionally underserved students they enroll, retain, and graduate.
To this end, NAFEO and AT&T launched the Inclusion in Higher Education Program (IHEP), a pilot scholarship initiative designed to increase the outreach, recruitment, enrollment, education, retention and graduation of college students with disabilities.
Following a national competition, the pilot program awarded five incoming freshmen with qualifying disabilities scholarships of $9,000 per year, per student for each of the four years of their education for a total of $36,000 per student. Bethune Cookman University received awards for two freshmen students with qualifying disabilities. The awards will be used to cover any costs associated with the recipients’ college matriculation. The goal is for the IHEP to enable grantees to fully participate in the academic, social, and cultural life at 2- or 4-year HBCUs and PBIs, and to assist HBCUs to better serve students with disabilities.
The desired outcome is for the students to have rich and rewarding experiences at an HBCU or PBI, and graduate well-equipped to thrive in the labor force, in business, and in social, civic, cultural, political and ecumenical arenas.
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About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.