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Vice President Biden Announces

$25 Million in Funding for

Cybersecurity Education at HBCUs


Vice President Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and White House Science Advisor John Holdren are traveling to Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia to announce that the Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education. The new grant will support the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), two national labs, and a k-12 school district.


The Vice President will make the announcement as part of a roundtable discussion with a classroom of cybersecurity leaders and students at Norfolk State University. The visit builds on the President’s announcements on cybersecurity earlier this week, focusing on the critical need to fill the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. job market, while also diversifying the pipeline of talent in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The event and announcement is also an opportunity to highlight the Administration’s ongoing commitment to HBCUs.

Details on the Announcement

As highlighted by the President earlier in the week, the rapid growth of cybercrime is creating a growing need for cybersecurity professionals across a range of industries, from financial services, health care, and retail to the US government itself. By some estimates, the demand for cybersecurity workers is growing 12 times faster than the U.S. job market, and is creating well-paying jobs.

To meet this growing need, the Department of Energy is establishing the Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium with funding from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships Program housed in its National Nuclear Security Administration. The Minority Service Institutions Program focuses on building a strong pipeline of talent from minority-serving institutions to DOE labs, with a mix of research collaborations, involvement of DOE scientists in mentoring, teaching and curriculum development, and direct recruitment of students.

With $25M in overall funding over five years, and with the first grants this year, the Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium will bring together 13 HBCUs, two DOE labs, and the Charleston County School District with the goal of creating a sustainable pipeline of students focused on cybersecurity issues. The consortium has a number of core attributes:

  • It is designed as a system. This allows students that enter through any of the partner schools to have all consortia options available to them, to create career paths and degree options through collaboration between all the partners (labs and schools), and to open the doors to DOE sites and facilities.
  • It has a range of participating higher education institutions. With Norfolk State University as a the lead, the consortium includes a K-12 school district, a two-year technical college, as well as four-year public and private universities that offer graduate degrees.
  • Built to change to evolving employer needs: To be successful in the long term, this program is designed to be sufficiently flexible in its organization to reflect the unique regional priorities that Universities have in faculty research and developing STEM disciplines and skills, and DOE site targets for research and critical skill development.
  • Diversifying the pipeline by working with leading minority-serving institutions: As the President stated in Executive Order 13532, “Promoting Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities” in February 2010, America’s HBCUs, for over 150 years, have produced many of the Nation’s leaders in science, business, government, academia, and the military, and have provided generations of American men and women with hope and educational opportunity.

The full list of participating consortium members are:


Virginia Norfolk State University (lead)

Georgia Clark Atlanta University Paine College

Maryland Bowie State University

North Carolina North Carolina A&T State University

South Carolina Allen University Benedict College Claflin University Denmark Technical College Morris College South Carolina State University Voorhees College Charleston County School District

US Virgin Islands University of the Virgin Islands

California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

New Mexico Sandia National Laboratories


Chrysler Scholarship Program

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The Chrysler Scholarship Program is open to students at UNCF member schools. For a list of member schools, please click HERE.


Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $2,500 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College. Qualifying candidates can be of any classification in college, majoring in  either accounting, business, finance, supply chain management, computer science, automotive design, communications, electrical or mechanical engineering, human resources or mathematics.

This is a one time award to be disbursed in December 2014.

In order to have a completed application package, candidates must include:

* Completed Application profile

* Essay (prompt and instructions located within the  appropriate section of the application)

* Transcript (unofficial accepted)

10/29/2014 6:00 AM EST
12/1/2014 12:00 AM EST
Up to $2,500



ABC's Blackish Star, Anthony Anderson Scholarship

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Anthony Anderson has appeared in over 20 films, and his performance on "Law & Order" earned him his fourth consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2010 season.

Anderson grew up in Los Angeles. While pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP's ACTSO Awards with his performance of the classic monologue from "The Great White Hope." That performance, along with his dedication to his craft, earned him an art scholarship to Howard University.

Mr. Anderson desired to create the UNCF/Anthony Anderson Scholarship in connection with his appearance on the 34th Annual UNCF “An Evening of Stars”.

For full award consideration, students must complete the online application form, upload a transcript and invite an academic reference to submit a recommendation letter online.



Deadline to apply: 10/31/2014 11:59 PM EST
Award Amount: $ 5,000

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Teens Apply: Hallmark Scholarship & Internship

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You think of Hallmark, you think of greeting cards right? When we were founded over 100 years ago that was definitely what we were about. Now this Kansas City based company offers much more. Hallmark is a company with a purpose and a passion for connecting people. The vast array of products we offer such as Recordable Storybooks, Keepsake Ornaments and personalized print-on-demand products, which are available on, allow us to do just that. We are offering a scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year AND an internship for Summer 2015 for aspiring professionals who want the opportunity to put into action the principles and theories they have learned in school.

Deadline to apply: 11/15/14

Apply here: Hallmark Scholarship

Hallmark also has internship opportunities available in the following business areas:

Business Management and Analytics: A successful intern on this team will be able to analyze data and understand the “story” it tells to help plan future product offerings. Strong Microsoft Excel skills are necessary.Targeted Majors: Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Industrial Engineering)

Finance/Accounting: You will work on analytical projects for the Finance Division such as cash flow forecasting, sales term analysis and product profitability. Strong Microsoft Excel skills are necessary. Targeted Majors: Finance, Accounting

Transportation/Logistics/Distribution/Supply Chain Planning/Procurement: You will be exposed to the distribution and supply chain processes which could include optimizing our product flow and determining the best sourcing strategy for product, equipment and services. Strong problem solving skills are necessary and exposure to LEAN principles is a plus. Targeted Majors: Supply Chain Management/Logistics

Manufacturing: At Hallmark we design, manufacture and distribute most of our own greeting cards. Interns in manufacturing generally work on projects surrounding Lean principles and process improvement tasks that increase our efficiency reduce our waste and improve the quality of our products. Strong problem solving skills are necessary and exposure to LEAN principles is a plus. Targeted Majors: Industrial Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

Information Technology: You will work on assignments similar to a new full-time I/T analyst. Projects could include applying AGILE methodologies to solve problems in a specific business area, working with consultants, contractors, and on-shore/off-shore resources in accomplishing desired outcomes, performing analysis and assuming responsibility for design, programming, and implementation on assigned systems. Technology includes Java, JavaScript, HTML, PERL, Oracle, Visual Basic, C/C++, COBOL, CICS, DB2, Teradata, Datastage, SAP and JDA systems. Targeted Majors: Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering

Creative: Take your passion for creativity and innovation and use it to create a range of product formats and solutions, such as greeting cards, ornaments, apps, packaging, gifts, and more! A visual or writing portfolio is required for this internship. Portfolio requirements would be discussed prior to your interview. A successful intern in Creative will have strong a design aesthetic or top-notch creative writing skills as well as strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills. Targeted Majors/Skills: Graphic Design, English, Illustration, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Photography/Video, UI/UX, Interactive Design

Program Overview:



  • The intent of our internship program is to hire exceptional talent that we hope to convert to full-time hires upon graduation based on performance and business need.
  • Our interns are expected to spend 12 weeks with Hallmark leading a project or being a key member on a project team. Our 2015 summer intern program will run from mid-May to mid-August. A relocation stipend of up to $1,500 is provided to students who are not from the Kansas City metro area. All interns receive travel reimbursement for their travel to Kansas City at the beginning of the summer and then back to their university at the end of the summer.
  • We focus on undergraduates at four year institutions available during the summer before their senior year.
  • Typically we have 50-60 interns corporate wide.
  • While most internship opportunities will be located at Hallmark's corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, internships may also be available at one of our production or distribution centers in Kansas, Missouri or Connecticut.

“Hallmark’s future success depends on Hallmakers whose diverse experiences and perspective can help us create a more emotionally connected world…” Don Hall, Jr. President and CEO of Hallmark Cards.




FAMU Receives $1.3M NIH Grant for Innovative Cancer Research

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Professors and Students at the Cutting Edge of New Drug Therapy Developments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has received a $1,351,400 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support groundbreaking research that is poised to uncover a more direct and effective method for treating lung cancer.


The lung cancer research supported by the four-year grant is also expected to provide insight and solutions for more effective treatments for cancers that often impact minority and underserved communities and are more difficult to detect. These include pancreatic, prostate and triple negative breast cancers.

Nazarius Saah Lamango, Ph.D., professor of medicinal chemistry in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) is the principal investigator on the research project, titled “Disrupting Polyisoprenylated Protein Function for Lung Cancer Therapy.”


Joining Dr. Lamango as researchers and co-investigators are Gebre-Egziabher Kiros, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the FAMU COPPS, and Offiong F. Ikpatt, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology at the University of Miami.

“In the past four or five years, our research here at FAMU has helped us to identify a protein – an enzyme – that is very important for controlling the way cells survive, divide and multiply,” Lamango said. “We have found that this esterase enzyme is too active in various cancer types. This grant will help us with the funding needed for personnel, equipment and supplies to take our research a step further towards the application of the knowledge we have gained about this protein  –  in regards to companion diagnoses and more effective cancer therapies.”

Lamango added, “We have also developed some small molecule compounds that we can use to inhibit the enzyme or disrupt the activities it metabolizes. It is our hope that this research will help doctors to be able to tell, using the companion diagnosis, which patients are likely to benefit from these potential new therapies.”

Assisting the professors are three, third-year graduate students in FAMU COPPS, who say they are humbled and honored to participate in lung cancer research that may contribute to not only saving the lives of those diagnosed with lung cancer, but also those affected by other complex cancers.

Student researcher Rosemary Poku, a native of Ghana and  pharmacology/toxicology major, hopes to eventually make an impact on prostate cancer through her participation in the cancer research project.


“Being a person of African-descent, it is important for me to be able to contribute in any way I can toward preventing further casualties from cancers such as prostate cancer, which is among the leading causes of death among African -American men,” Poku said. “This research is allowing us to uncover more effective ways to save lives through more direct drug therapy.”


Olufisayo Salako, a pharmaceutics major from Alabama, echoed Poku’s sentiments. She hopes that her research will help lead to more effective cures for triple negative breast cancer.

“This research directly impacts our community. I don’t think people really know how difficult it is to find effective therapies for cancers,” Salako said. “This is the reason why such cancers as triple negative breast cancer are silent killers in minority communities. It is very important to me to be a part of this process, and to know that, as a student, I can play a small role in finding a more direct approach for curing some of today’s most complex diseases.”

For student researcher Augustine Nkembo, a native of Cameroon and a pharmaceutics major, participating in the research project is a dream come true. After hearing a cancer survivor’s testimony, Nkembo said he was determined to somehow ensure that he played a role in helping others to become cancer survivors instead of cancer victims. Nkembo’s research focus is pancreatic cancer.

“Pancreatic cancer has had no cure up to now. It has a K-RAS (Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog) protein, which has been very challenging to target for more than 30 years,” Nkembo said. “With the help of this grant, our lab can discover a way to affect this pathway, which can lead to the establishment of mechanisms that can inhibit these cancer cells from growing.”

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Kanya Stewart

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(850) 561-2499

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Never Give Up

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Just for teens! Not sure if college is for you? Nervous about the scholarship application process? Watch and free your mind as this teen receives 1 Million dollars in Academic Scholarships. If he can do it- you can do it too!

How to be a Champion?

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Are you a champion for your family? Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

CAU Educator wins Teacher of the Year

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Vulcan Award 2014

Trevor A. Turner, Ph.D., (second from left), associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), was recently named Clark Atlanta University’s Vulcan Teacher of the Year by Vulcan Materials Company.  The veteran educator has spent nearly 30 years at CAU as an administrator and professor.  A highly published international consultant, Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in history, economics and Spanish from the University of the West Indies, a master’s degree in educational supervision from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and a doctorate in educational history and planning from the University of Toronto, Canada.  CAU President Carlton E. Brown; interim dean of the School of Education Moses Norman, Ed.D.; and James Hefner, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, join in the award presentation during CAU’s August 11 Fall Institute.

For the past 20 years, Vulcan Materials Company has sponsored through Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) a Teaching Excellence Award to deserving faculty members at a number of colleges and universities around the state.

The company’s website states that its charitable efforts also include “some 287 adopt-a-school programs nationwide, funding for numerous college scholarships, and providing facility tours for 25,000 to 40,000 students and adults each year.”

Photo credit: Curtis McDowell

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