HBCU Spotlight – Morehouse College

20130801082219!Morehouse_college_sealHistorically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and for students of all backgrounds who want to connect with and be inspired by this history, HBCUs can provide an excellent education and a sense of pride in the extraordinary accomplishments of the many students who have gone before them.

There is, however, another potential benefit of attending an HBCU. Many of the top HBCUs offer generous merit-based scholarships to students who have met certain GPA and test score requirements. In this series, we have profiled some of the top HBCUs in the country to show you the kinds of opportunities that exist at these historic institutions.

morheouseMorehouse College

Morehouse College has one of the most illustrious lists of alumni of any HBCU, or any college for that matter. According to Wikipedia, “Morehouse alumni include notable African-Americans such as: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., theologian Howard Thurman, businessman and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, filmmaker Spike Lee, filmmaker Robert G. Christie (a.k.a. Bobby Garcia), actor Samuel L. Jackson, Gang Starr rapper Guru, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses, Lloyd McNeill, Jazz flutist, USPS Kwanza Stamp designer, the first recipient of Howard University’s MFA Degree, former Bank of America Chairman Walter E. Massey, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta Maynard Jackson, Major League Baseball first baseman and 1969 World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan, and former United States Surgeon General David Satcher.”

Morehouse College is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and its student body is and always has been 100% male. The institution that eventually became Morehouse College was founded in 1867, just two years after the end of the Civil War, by Baptist ministers as a training ground for black ministers and teachers. Over the years it relocated and expanded (in part with financial help from John D. Rockefeller, who was a baptist). Dr. John Hope, who became the college’s first black president in 1906, brought a new vision to Morehouse, giving new emphasis to traditional academic disciplines (in contrast with Booker T. Washington’s stress on practical trades and agriculture at Tuskegee). This institution would go on to produce many of the Civil Rights movement’s most influential leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. Few other colleges have been such important engines of social change in world history.

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Martin Luther King Jr. graduating from Morehouse.

The cost of attending Morehouse College is  estimated at about $40,000 per year for students who live on campus and $27,000 to $28,000 for students who live off campus. As you can see from the chart, there are very few merit-based scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen each year. Like many other institutions of higher learning, Morehouse College prefers to award need-based aid, and according to the Morehouse website, “Over 90% of our students’ education is financed with a combination of scholarships, loans, grants, and work- study,” so don’t despair over the price tag right away – chances are you won’t have to pay the sticker price. Below are listed two scholarship programs available to qualified incoming freshmen at Morehouse.

Scholarship GPA Other Requirements Award
Stamps Leadership Scholarship 3.7 Only awarded to the top 5 applicants each year. Interview and supplementary materials required. Awardees selected annually will receive full-ride scholarships valued at approximately $200,000 each. Students in the program also will have access to an enrichment fund of $10,000 each to support study abroad trips, undergraduate research trips, unpaid internships and academic or co-curricular conferences.
Rugari Scholarship  NA Only available to five students from the African Great Lakers Region, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda Full scholarship program to cover the cost of a four year education program
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