Dark & Lovely and the College Gurl Foundation Announce New Scholarships for Black, Female College Students
In Celebration of Dark and Lovely’s 50th Anniversary, 50 book scholarships will be awarded to young, Black women pursuing college degrees
Dark & Lovely, as part of its Building Beautiful Futures initiative, in partnership with The College Gurl Foundation, has announced that applications are now available for the Building Beautiful Futures book scholarship program. Building Beautiful Futures is a multi-year commitment that will help bring educational and career equity to Black, female college students and young professionals via scholarships, mentorship and career coaching opportunities. Applications are open now through November 30. To apply, please click HERE.
The scholarships are open to Black women with the following qualifications:
- Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
- Must be a U.S. resident or citizen.
- Students who are academically ambitious, leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and community volunteers.
“The Dark & Lovely partnership is truly a dream come true! I am forever grateful for my journey of hard work and sacrifices as this opportunity is the definition of building a beautiful future,” stated Jessica L. Brown, President of The College Gurl Foundation. “Together, we are championing for education and sprinkling our black girl magic to close the opportunity gap for generations to come!”
Actress, producer and Dark & Lovely brand ambassador Storm Reid is an ambassador for the program and is helping to spread the word about this scholarship to young women who may be eligible. “College is difficult enough, and worrying about how to pay for it doesn’t make it any better. This scholarship is an opportunity to alleviate a part of that financial burden and help young, Black women work towards achieving their dreams.”
As Dark & Lovely celebrates 50 years of serving Black women and their beauty needs, they remain committed to closing the opportunity gap through scholarships, mentorship and career coaching opportunities to recent graduates and those pursuing four-year degrees. Closing the opportunity gap, which refers to the conditions and obstacles that people face which impact their opportunities in life, will create the path to success for Black women. To learn more on how to:
- Apply For a Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship, Click HERE
- This $10,000 scholarship is renewable over four years
- Participate in our Mentorship Program
- Follow DARK & LOVELY for our schedule of quarterly mentorship masterclasses focused on life and career coaching
- Be The Change
- Become a Mentor or Mentee and Inspire others by sharing your mentorship story using #DARKANDLOVELYBBF
About Dark & Lovely
Dark & Lovely, founded in 1972, was created to help Black women express and embrace their individual styles. As one of the first brands to celebrate the Black consumer, for 50 years Dark & Lovely has been known for offering innovative products and technology made exclusively for Black Women to address their specific beauty needs. As a subsidiary of L’Oréal USA, Dark & Lovely continues to unveil breakthrough hair innovations for women of color. For more information, visit www.darkandlovely.com.
About College Gurl Foundation
Since 2017, The College Gurl Foundation (CGF) has been educating students with a focus on minority students in the Washington Metropolitan area who come from economically disadvantaged households.
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Visit with Authors at the San Antonio African American Book Festival
The fourth annual San Antonio African American Book Festival (SAAABF) will be held on Feb. 25 at the Carver Library and Second Baptist Community Center from 12 pm to 5 pm. The event is free for the public.
Last year’s event attracted 40 African American authors. The annual event was created to highlight the power of Black literature, reinforce the fact that representation matters, and to encourage Black economics.
The Friends of the Carver Library annually seeks sponsorships to fund the free event. The organization said the goal is to promote literacy in a way that positively reflects the importance of “controlling and sharing our narrative.”
10:30 am – 8th Annual Black History for Children Book Exhibit hosted by Baba Aundar (Carver Library Meeting Room)
12- 5 pm – Browse & Buy from Participating Authors (2nd Baptist Community Center, next door to Carver Library)
1 pm – Young People’s Writing Session hosted by The San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Inc. (Carver Library Meeting Room)
2 pm – Keynote Author: Dr. Mateen Diop (Carver Library Meeting Room)
History of the Carver Library
G.W. Carver Library opened in 1930 at the Carver Community Center as a Reading Room in the Carver Community Auditorium & Library. The Carver Community Auditorium & Library was built with funds raised from San Antonio’s Black Community. It later became the Colored Branch of the San Antonio Public Library system, and the only place in San Antonio Black people were allowed to access books. Carver Library moved to its current location at 3350 E. Commerce Street in 1972 and has been a long-standing pillar in San Antonio’s Black Community.
Carver Library is the official home of The San Antonio African American Book Festival. This annual event is held on the last Saturday of Black History Month. Carver Library is currently home to the city’s largest African American book collection, The Pan-African Festival, and many other events. There is a Children’s Library, Teen Center, LEARN Resource Center, Computer Lab, meeting room, and a Black History Photograph Exhibit.
South Texas HBCU College Fair Back Again
By Ebony Huerta Wells
St. Philip’s College, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University are just three of the nine HBCUs or Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Texas.
Many of these HBCUs will be at the Annual South Texas HBCU College Fair at Northeast Lakeview College on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 am to noon. The event is made possible by IMBRACE Education, which is partnering with NAACP’s San Antonio Branch Youth Council and Northeast Lakeview College.
Last year, more than 600 families attended, and more than 40 HBCUs participated in the event.
This event will allow college-bound middle school/high school students and their parents to speak to several HBCU admissions representatives/alumni and ROTC scholarship program managers regarding the educational opportunities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
There will be special performances by Sam Houston High School’s Marching Storm and Judson Early College Academy’s Step Team, including interactive college readiness workshops.
Monique A. Cannon Broadnax, founder and executive director of IMBRACE, said the focus is on HBCUs because of their significant role in advancing the value and importance of a post-secondary education that holistically engages Black students. These institutions of higher learning are dedicated to and single-handedly responsible for ensuring that underrepresented students, low socioeconomic students, disenfranchised students, first-generation college students, and students from all backgrounds who traditionally excel academically and socially in nurturing environments attain bachelor’s, master’s, professional and doctoral degrees.
IMBRACE Education, a nonprofit organization, provides students and parents with information regarding the college application process and scholarships and conducts tours of college and university campuses with a focus on increasing enrollment at HBCUs. For 10 years, it has been devoted to preparing students for life after high school by creating experiences to expose students to post-secondary options at all HBCUs.
All attendees (students, parents, sponsors, and community members) must pre-register, print and present or display their registration ticket at the door upon entry. The event will occur at Northeast Lakeview College’s Llano Wellness Center Building near Parking Lot 3 at 1201 Kitty Hawk Road in Universal City. Visit (ImbraceEducation.org) for more information.
Turning HBCU Students into Medical Doctors
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 8% of medical students and 5% of physicians are Black and African American. In an effort to address this disparity, the American Heart Association, the leading public health nonprofit organization dedicated to building a world of longer, healthier lives for all, has announced that 52 students from 23 academic institutions have been selected to participate in its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholars program.
The Association’s HBCU Scholars are enrolled in biomedical or other health sciences programs at their respective institutions. Through their participation in the Scholars program, they will study how the social determinants of health and other health disparities impact underserved communities. They will also participate in scientific research projects and present their findings at the end of the program.
“Since 2015, the American Heart Association HBCU Scholars program has helped change the trajectory of dozens of under-represented students in science and medicine by fostering their talent, preparedness and growth to pursue careers in biomedical science” said American Heart Association volunteer president Michelle A. Albert, M.D., M.P.H., FAHA, who is the Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern endowed chair in Cardiology, professor of medicine and admissions dean at University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. “As champions for health care quality and access for all, the American Heart Association is committed to building the pipeline of diverse persons in medicine and empowering the next generation of research and health care professionals.”
The program is funded by a grant provided by the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, which also supports the American Heart Association’s Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSI) Scholars Program.
“This program plays an essential role in supporting the pipeline of Black students who will increase representation and equity in the health care field,” said Mandell Jackson, vice president and general manager, Quest for Health Equity, Quest Diagnostics. “We are proud to support this next cohort of HBCU Scholars with the American Heart Association as it provides them with enriching academic and networking experiences to help them excel in their career paths.”
Accepted students are selected based on their GPA, completion of a formal application, which includes a nursing essay, and an official recommendation from their school. During the program, scholars are paired with a mentor who works in health care or is currently performing their own relevant scientific research. They will also participate in a leadership development program and are awarded a financial stipend to help cover education-related expenses. More about the American Heart Association’s HBCU Scholars initiative can be found here.
Clinical research studies published in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that patients of color may experience uncomfortable interactions and communication barriers with their health care providers due to lack of diversity and face implicit and unconscious bias from physicians and other health care professionals. These barriers, in turn, can lower patients’ trust in the overall health care system and as a result, these patients may not complete prescribed treatments or follow-up on recommended care. Addressing this issue is a vital component of the HBCU Scholars program.
Each year, the Association seeks applications from sophomores, juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented communities who are currently enrolled in an HBCU and are interested in pursuing a professional degree in biomedical and health sciences.
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