The Black Excel Newsletter

                               September, 2001

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) Howard University Open House Sept. 29th, 2001
2) The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Program (from Doublemint & Venus & Serena Williams)
3) NC A&T State University 27th Annual Career Awareness  Fair
4) Boston University's Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP)
5) Getting Diversity and Support--California State University at Dominguez Hills
6) Minority Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools:
Trends, 1950-1998
7) Big Apple College Fairs in New York City (October 26th through October 30th, 2001)
8) The National Assoc. for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fairs,  Sept. 2001

Howard University Open House on Sept. 29th, 2001

Howard University says "Come one, come all," as it hosts its fifth annual Fall Open House on Saturday, Sept. 29th. (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m). This is an opportunity to visit the campus and get an overview of resources, majors, housing, aid, and more.  You'll hear President H. Patrick Swygert speak, as well as student Jessica Johnson who came to HU with more than $100,000 in scholarship money. You'll meet, too, University faculty, staff and students. Events will include tours, a Bison football game, step show, and academic advisement. To register or obtain additional info, please contact Charles Gibbs (202) 806-2755 or

(Hey, a shoutout to my niece Kimberly, who is now beginning her first year at HU!  -Isaac)

           The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Program
   (from Doublemint & Venus & Serena Williams)

Special to Black Excel

The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Program was recently announced by Venus and Serena Williams on the CBS Early Show. The goal is to highlight the distinctive contributions that college students are making on campus or in their communities. Many grants will be awarded by Doublemint Gum and the Williams sisters. Students 18-25 years old are eligible or their "service organizations." You apply by going to for the official rules and an application.  You may submit an essay or a VHS tape demonstrating your "distinctive" contributions.  Selected recipients will receive an initial grant of $1,000, and will have the opportunity to receive an additional $100 for each ace Venus or Serena serve during selected WTA tournaments. One DOUBLEMINT A.C.E. grant recipient will be personally
chosen by Venus and Serena Williams for a grant of $10,000
from the pool of winners. You apply via the site or mail from now to February 18, 2002. Go to the site for extra details and instructions.

                NC A&T STATE UNIVERSITY

On Sept. 12th, 2001 HBCU North Carolina A&T will sponsor a Career Awareness Fair featuring over 200 companies and agencies worldwide. All students are encouraged to investigate summer, co-op, and full-time career opportunities so they can "Connect to the Future!" The fair will be held at the school's Corbett Sports Arena (Time: 9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.).  For questions you can call the Office of Career Services at NC A&T at 336-334-7755 or go to:

     Boston University's Early Medical School
               Selection Program (EMSSP)

Take note of Boston University's EMSSP program. It's a
partnership between the school's undergraduate/Med School
and (along with other colleges) nine historically black institutions: Clark-Atlanta, Morehouse, Morris Brown, Hampton, the
University of the Virgin Islands, North Carolina Central, Morgan State, Dillard, and Tougaloo College.  Between their sophomore and junior years, students accepted into this program attend Boston University Summer School and take undergraduate science courses. They also receive instruction in time management and study skills. As seniors, they attend BU and take undergrad and med school courses for credit. After two years of undergrad work, students get provisional acceptance into BU Medical School.  Currently, one-half of the minority students entering the first year class at the school of medicine come from this program. For more info go to

               Getting Diversity and Support
  California State University at Dominguez Hills

With the highest "diversity" rating in the California State University system (66.6%), Dominguez Hills in LA deserves a close look. Nearly 30% of the students are African-American, and several new programs focusing on unrepresented minorities appear to be working.  Students in programs like "U-Star" and "Bridges to the Baccalaureate," are not left to fend for themselves. The faculty serve as advisors and mentors. U-Star Scholars enjoy hands-on research training in the sciences (are heading to graduate schools), and Bridges students actually arrive from two-year institutions like El Camino and Compton Community Colleges. Instead of concluding their studies they see "new opportunities for careers as scientists."  For more info about the U-Star or the Bridges programs contact the Minority Students Research Programs Office at 310-243-3401 or email

(See footnote re: csudh RISE program at end.)

     Minority Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools
                         Trends, 1950-1998

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has
created a report by the above name.  Here are some findings:

  • Out of the 125 U.S. medical schools, 12 have graduated 30 percent of all minority physicians since 1950;
  • Medical schools at Howard, Meharry, and the University of Illinois have graduated the most black physicians;
  • Minority physicians practice in states with large minority populations--California, New York and Texas. Over one third of all minority graduates of U.S. medical schools practice in these three states.
For more info go to:

      Big Apple College Fairs in New York City
      October 26th through October 30th, 2001

Here are five Big Apple Week College Fairs to be held in New York City. Approximately 175 colleges and universities will appear from across  the country at each fair.

  • Thurs. 10/18--Bronx, at Lehman College, 12-4 p.m.
  • Fri 10/19--Manhattan, at City College, 12-3 p.m.
  • Sat 10/20 --Staten Island, at College of Staten Island, 1-4  p.m.
  • Sun 10/21--Queens, at Queens College,  1-4 p.m.
  • Mon 10/22--Brooklyn, at Kingsborough Community College, 1-4 p.m.
For address and contact numbers go to:

    National Assoc. College Admission Counseling
            (NACAC) College Fairs for Sept. 2001

Regular College Fairs

  • Sept. 16-- Birmingham Natl. College Fair (AL)
  • Sept. 30--Long Island Natl. College Fair (NY)
Performing & Visual Arts Coll. Fairs
  • New York--Sept. 11th
  • Boston--Sept. 12th
  • Baltimore --Sept. 13th
  • Philadelphia -Sept. 10th
  • Houston--Sept. 24th
  • San Antonio--Sept. 23th
  • Dallas--Sept. 25th
  • Atlanta--Sept. 29th
Go to for times and addresses.

* The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)  program was recently awarded to CSUDH.  Included in the RISE program are funds for 25 minority students to participate in biomedical research with faculty at CSUDH and at the Harbor-UCLA Research Education Institute.  For information contact Dr. Laura J. Robles, 310 243-3413, MBRS Program Director.

(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.