The Black Excel Newsletter

                              May, 2002
The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide is now on sale at for $13.96. "This book will have a rallying impact on our aspiring college students."  -Isaac Black,  Black Excel Founder and Author


(1) Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole Named 14th President of
     Bennett College
(2) Scholarships for Minority Students in Medical
     School (June 10 Deadline)
(3) Florida A&M Ranks #2 in Recruiting National
     Achievement Scholars  (Harvard #1)
(4) Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation
     Program  Launched
(5) What are the Top Black Colleges in America?
(6) Graduate Fellowships for Minorities Nationwide
(7) Ventures Scholars Member Institution Summer
      Enrichment Programs
(8) NACAC College Fairs for May 2002
      (California & Others)
(9) Annual 10th Congressional District College Fair
    (New Jersey & Others)
(10) How Valuable Is Your College Degree? (Ten Majors
    Employers Are Looking for)

   Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole Named 14th President
              Of Bennett College (April 2002)

The Board of Trustees of Bennett College has announced the appointment of Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (out of retirement) as the 14th President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Cole made history in 1987 by becoming the first African- American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. Under her guidance, Spelman became the first HBCU to receive a number-one rating by U.S. News and World Report magazine as the top liberal arts college in the South. Bennett College is a small, residential, four-year liberal arts college. The majority of Bennett’s 500 students are of African-American descent, representing the cultures of 29 states and including 11 countries representing the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. A more comprehensive overview can be found at the college website at

   Scholarships For Minority Students in Medical
                 School (June 10 Deadline)

Students who believe they quality, should immediately talk to administrators at their specific schools.

AAMC offers minority medical student scholarships.

The AAMC is seeking nominations for Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. Minority Medical Student Scholarships. The scholarships, named for the first vice-president and director of the AAMC's Division of Community and Minority Programs, will be given to outstanding minority medical students who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating inequities in medical education and healthcare.

Scholarship recipients will receive a $5,000 stipend and a certificate of merit. Each medical school may nominate only one student. Nominees must be a member of an AAMC-designated underrepresented minority group, and must be entering their third year of study. Nominations must be received no later than June 28, 2002.  Information: Dexter Allen, AAMC Division of Community and Minority Programs, 202.828.0570, or

          FAMU Ranks #2 in Recruiting National
           Achievement Scholars  (Harvard #1)

Historically black Florida A&M University (FAMU) was the No. 2 recruiter of National Achievement Scholars, whom some call the nation's "top African-American high school students," for the year 2001. Harvard, named #1, recruiting 55 of our students, with FAMU recruiting 52.

"This ranking clearly distinguishes FAMU," said FAMU Interim President Henry Lewis III.  Over the past ten years, FAMU has been one of the leaders in the recruitment of Achievement Scholars. FAMU earned the top spot in academia for four years---in I992, 1995, 1997 and 2000 (when FAMU tied with Harvard).  Each scholarship is a four-year award to undergraduate students, covering tuition, fees, room and board, and partial payment of books.  There are approximately 213 National Achievement Scholars at FAMU. The top (5) 2001 Achievement Scholars schools were:

1) Harvard College  (55)
2) Florida A&M University (52)
3) Stanford University (50)
4) University of Florida (39)
5) Yale University (33)

(Source: National Merit Scholarship Corporation Annual Report 2000-2001)

       Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation
                         Program launched

The University of Iowa College of Law will use a $100,000 grant to launch the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program for college juniors and seniors. The program hopes to support diversity by inspiring (and training) historically under-represented groups to become lawyers. The 2002 Hubbard Program will be held at the UI College of Law from June 14 to July 12.  Encouraged to apply are students currently attending four-year colleges in Iowa, HBCUs across the US, or students from predominantly Hispanic or American Indian tribal colleges. The program will include intensive classes, workshops, and activities intended to build skills in legal analysis, legal writing, and the study of legal concepts. There will be lectures by professionals, visits to courts, police facilities, public defenders' offices and other legal venues, as well as workshops in Law School Admissions Test preparation.  Hubbard Fellows will live in UI campus dormitories and receive a stipend, materials, free room, and a meal allowance. An intensive program, participants must be available full-time throughout the program, and the stipend is intended to enable full-time study. The Hubbard
Program welcomes questions from potential participants, undergraduate instructors, and pre-law advisers.  Inquiries should be sent to: Hubbard Program Committee, University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; Visit the College of Law at

    What are the Top Black colleges in America?

Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of "Get Into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students," and the founders of, a strong college website.

Recently, at their website, they were asked, "What are the top black colleges in America?"  They answered: "As you are considering which college to attend, remember that it's important to ask yourself what your personal priorities are. Don't rely solely on lists of top colleges or rankings to make decisions about your future.  With that said, here is a starting point. Black Excel, which publishes a Web site and book to help African-American students with college, developed a top 10 list of historically black and predominantly black colleges. The Black Excel Web site, located at, has profiles of the 10 colleges which are: Clark Atlanta University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T University, Spelman College, Tuskegee University and Xavier University. For more detailed profiles, take a look at their Web site. In addition to these resources, do your own research...."

Well, thanks Gen and Kelly Tanabe for the shoutout!
                                           -Isaac Black, Black Excel Founder

  Graduate Fellowships for Minorities Nationwide

This is sample from a powerful Cornell WebSite Listing:

  • Five Colleges: Fellowship Program for Minority Scholars
  • G.E. Foundation: Faculty for the Future Program
  • Resources for the Future: Summer Internship Opportunities
  • American Sociological Association: Minority Fellowship Program

To see a complete listing A to Z, go to:

            Ventures Scholars Member Institution
                 Summer Enrichment Programs

Go to:

The Ventures program spotlights "summer enrichment" opportunities offered by colleges and universities across the nation. These programs help high school students prepare for college-level courses, advises them on the college application process, and more. In many cases, you can stay in a college dorm and experience campus life. Some of the enrichment programs are free, while others require a fee. Don't hesitate to ask the college or university about scholarships, if you are interested in a particular program.

Venture enrichment programs are offered at (partial listing):

Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, College of William and Mary, Davidson College, Hampshire College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hollins University, Howard University*, Indiana University, Kenyon College, New Jersey Medical School,  North Carolina State University, Ohio University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University, Smith College, SUNY at Stony Brook, Ohio State University, University of Tennessee, Wabash College, and Xavier University of Louisiana*.


    NACAC College Fairs for May 2002 (California)

For a listing, go to:

Sample: Los Angeles Natl. College Fair 2002
Tuesday, May 7, 2002/ Pasadena Center
Pasadena, CA/Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 12:00PM/
& 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

   Annual 10th Congressional District College Fair

Rutgers University-Newark Campus
Paul Robeson Campus Center - 350 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Monday, May 20, 2002
(973) 645-3213
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

For this and other listings:

        How Valuable Is Your College Degree?
       (Ten Majors Employers Are Looking for)

(Average Salary Offers)

1) Chemical Engineering ( $51,254)
2) Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering ($50,387)
3) Computer Science ($50,352)
4) Mechanical Engineering ($48,566)
5) Management Information Systems/Business Data
    Processing ($43,732)
6) Civil Engineering ($40,848)
7) Accounting ($40,293)
8) Economics/Finance ($40, 047)
9) Business Administration/Management ($35,209)
10) Marketing/Marketing Management ($34,374)

(Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers. Salary Survey--Spring 2002)

Making Contact with Black Excel

Send your questions, comments, requests for info and/or personal help to Black Excel.  Also, forward your news on college fairs, tours, scholarships, internships, minority programs, and student opportunities. Include an email address, if possible.

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New York, NY 10001-7604

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Tip: To maximize your child's college options (getting in, aid, scholarships), check out the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide. It's only $13.95 at
                    --Isaac Black, author and Black Excel Founder.

(Information provided by Isaac Black, Founder, Black Excel:
The College Help Network.)
The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide,

by Black Excel Founder Isaac Black,
is now on sale at for $13.96.