Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that length of time.” The unpredictability of the pandemic has made it difficult for many students to plan their lives around traditional 15-week semesters.

“This is an incredible investment by Bank of America,” Kress said, adding that her students — more than half of whom are people of color — are overrepresented in industries hit hardest by the pandemic, including retail and service jobs. She said she plans to use the grant to lead students into higher paying, more stable careers.

“If you’re a first-generation student and you’re from a neighborhood where no one’s worked in cybersecurity before . . . you don’t know those careers exist,” Kress said.

The Bank of America grant comes as corporations and philanthropists look to invest in historically Black universities and other schools with large minority enrollment in a year marked by protests over police violence and racial inequity. Amid a reckoning of racism has come a financial one, aimed at reversing decades of underinvestment in communities of color.

But the track records of these corporations can raise skepticism. At Bank of America — which just last year paid a $4.2 million settlement after being accused of discriminating against Black, Hispanic and female jobs applicants — about 19 percent of executive and senior-level managers at the company are minorities, according to 2019 data from the company. The company denied allegations of discrimination.

This year, Bank of America unveiled plans to change course, committing $1 billion over the next four years to assist communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, invest in minority-owned small businesses, promote affordable housing and support students of color.

“We can help address the widespread inequities in our communities by providing students with the resources they need for future employment and advancing economic mobility,” said Sabina Kelly, Greater Maryland market president for Bank of America.

Campus leaders say the investment is welcomed. It’s also overdue.

“Institutions such as Morgan, have long served as valuable pipelines to an overabundance of brilliant and highly capable African American talent,” Wilson said, “often untapped and underrepresented.”

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District 25-6A football update: Career day by Israel Morgan helps Round Rock get above .500 – Sports – Austin American-Statesman


Team of the Week: Vandegrift

The Vipers (4-1, 3-0 District 25-6A) were dominant in a 35-6 win over Cedar Ridge which marked their 19th straight district win. Vandegrift’s defense held the Raiders to 160 yards of offense and had an interception return for a touchdown, while its offense had a balanced attack as Ryan Back threw for 168 yards and the Vipers rushed for 145 yards as a team. Ryan Sheppard scored two touchdowns on the ground, Reece Beauchamp added a score with his legs, and Back hit Bowen Lewis for a 33-yard TD. Logan Arnold had the Vipers’ pick-six, returning it 45 yards in the fourth quarter. Vandegrift hasn’t lost a district game since Nov. 10, 2017, when it fell to Lake Travis.

Player of the Week: Israel Morgan, Round Rock

Morgan, a senior, scored six touchdowns overall as he ran for a career-high 252 yards and five touchdowns and added a receiving score to lead the Dragons to a 55-9 win over McNeil. Morgan had scoring runs of 2, 5, 64, 10 and 4 yards and caught a 9-yard TD pass from Seth Ford.

The Dragons (3-2, 2-1) rushed for 437 yards, with Tray McCoy-Gay adding 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Ford finished 11 of 12 through the air for 75 yards.

Honorable mention: Kyle Brown, Vista Ridge

Brown, a senior, completed 17 of 22 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns as the Rangers topped Westwood, 48-21. Brown hit Kwade Hegtvedt (8 receptions, 125 yards) and Jacob Bowerman (4 catches, 104 yards) for two TDs apiece. Alex Berndlmaier added two scores on the ground for the Rangers (5-1, 3-1). For the season, Brown has thrown for 22 touchdowns and more than 1,700 yards.

The rest of the district

Hutto (3-2, 2-1) defeated Stony Point, 29-9, behind 284 yards and two touchdowns passing from freshman William Hammond. Sean Davis hauled in five passes for 100 yards and both of Hammond’s scoring throws, while Brody Bujnoch ran for two scores for the Hippos. Cameron Cook rushed for 78 yards and a TD to pace the Tigers (1-2, 0-2). … Joaquin Sandoval had a 4-yard TD run for Cedar Ridge (2-3, 1-2). … RJ Martinez threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and had another score with his legs for Westwood (2-2, 1-1). … Jackson Collins threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Anderson for McNeil (0-6, 0-4).


Game of the Week: Vista Ridge at Hutto (Friday)

Are the Hippos a serious playoff contender? We should know more after this game, which features two teams with one district loss. Hutto’s wins came against McNeil and Stony Point, and the competition takes a step up with the Rangers. Vista Ridge needs to keep piling up the wins to feel secure in getting a postseason spot, as a game with Round Rock still looms.

Other games

Thursday, Westwood hosts Vandegrift.

Friday, Round Rock welcomes Stony Point and Cedar Ridge hosts McNeil.

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Morgan Stanley Launches Program to Provide 60 Students with Full-Four Year Scholarships to Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College

  • Scholarship will cover the tuition and living costs to eliminate financial barriers to higher education for Black college students

  • Morgan Stanley will also provide support for career skills and readiness

Morgan Stanley today announced the launch of Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars, an integrated program to strategically engage with and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The program will support 60 scholarships for students at Howard University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College to set scholars up on a path to educational attainment and financial independence by lifting the barrier of higher education costs. This effort is a part of Morgan Stanley’s larger mission to create an integrated, holistic and transparent diversity and inclusion strategy both internally and externally through the Institute for Inclusion announced in June.

To view the video announcement, please see here.

Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars will have the following major focus areas programmatically:

  • For the next four years, Morgan Stanley will provide academic and needs-based four-year scholarships (“Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars Program”) at each institution. The scholarships will cover the entire cost of attending the institution for each academic year and will be open to students across all disciplines and majors.

  • The first year class size is 15 scholars; a new class of scholars will be added each year for a class size of 60 by the fourth year.

  • Morgan Stanley will be spending up to $12 million to support this program.

“This program reflects our intention to invest in communities of color and support the career aspirations of black students, consistent with one of our core values, Commit to Diversity and Inclusion,” said James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley. “We look forward to partnering closely with HBCU faculty and students to support rising talent in an effective and meaningful way.”

The participating schools include Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College – with the hope of expanding to other schools in the future. The program will begin in the fall 2021 semester. The HBCUs will invite students who have a demonstrated history of academic excellence to apply for the program.

“Reducing the financial burden for black students to receive an education is a proven method to enhance their job prospects and economic opportunities,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University. “We are most appreciative to Morgan Stanley for supporting our students. These partnerships between industry-leading companies and HBUCs are essential to promoting diversity and inclusion, and realizing greater representation in our society.”

“The Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars program will make college a reality for students in families who could not otherwise afford a higher education,” said David A. Thomas, President, Morehouse College. “The gift will not only improve the lives of scholarship recipients, it will also lead to positive changes for communities of color.”

“The most significant challenge many of our brilliant Spelman students face is the financial barrier to college completion,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., President, Spelman College. “Through academic research, innovations and advocacy, our students are already working

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JP Morgan Chase announces $7 million commitment to Nashville career pathway programs

Nashville is one of six cities slated to receive $7 million from JPMorgan Chase to support career pathways for underrepresented students, the company announced Tuesday.

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The commitment is part of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work investment, one branch of the company’s $350 million, five-year global initiative that aims to meet a growing demand for skilled workers, according to a news release from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.


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In Nashville, the New Skills Ready program will support underrepresented students from four Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools high schools as they transition to Nashville State Community College, where they will earn credentials or degrees in anticipation of entering the workforce.

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“Nashville has built a strong foundation for career and technical education,” Erika Wright, head of philanthropy for JP Morgan Chase in Tennessee, said in the news release. “This investment will expand and enhance that important work to provide high-quality career pathways to students who had been left behind in Nashville’s powerful economic transformation.”

Whites Creek, Pearl-Cohn, Maplewood and Overton high schools will be the project’s initial focus. Each of these schools serves high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students and students of color, according to the release.

The New Skills Ready program aims to address and reduce barriers to education and employment that these students face, including systemic inequality and barriers to post-secondary opportunities and work-based learning, allowing students to pursue non-traditional pathways to high-demand careers.

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“Thanks to the support of JPMorgan Chase, we can provide even greater opportunities and pathways for our students so that they can leave high school and be prepared to succeed in our growing economy,” MNPS Director Adrienne Battle stated in the release. “Our partnerships with Nashville State and the Nashville Chamber will help to show our students their unlimited potential if they work hard and focus on their future success.”

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will steward the program in cooperation with multiple state and local partners in both public and private sectors.

Partners include:

  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • The Scarlett Family Foundation
  • The Tennessee Department of Education
  • The Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • The Tennessee Board of Regents
  • The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Employers

In addition to Nashville, Denver, Dallas, Boston, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio will receive funds as part of the New Skills Ready program.

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Portland Thorn Morgan Weaver represents WSU on ESPN College GameDay

Morgan Weaver may no longer be a soccer star at Washington State University, but her time in the Palouse will always be a part of who she is.

“Once a Coug, always a Coug,” as the WSU motto says.

Weaver, the Portland Thorns’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, showed some pride for her alma mater on ESPN’s College GameDay this week.

The highest-ranked soccer player in program history waived her Cougar flag high on the 248th consecutive GameDay appearance.


Weaver finished her four years in Pullman with 43 goals, 98 points, nine multi-goal games and 85 matches– all good for second in school history. The Cougar legend also finished first in post-season goals with six and first in shots with 363. She led WSU to its first-ever College Cup.

Looks like first-year Cougar head football coach Nick Rolovich is a fan of Weaver’s as well:

It didn’t take long for Weaver to make an impact as a pro on the Portland Thorns. The rookie forward scored her first-career goal the 68th minute of the Portland’s 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage to send the Thorns to the semifinals in July. 

As the Thorns faced off against the OL Reign in the NWSL Fall Series, Weaver entered as a substitution in the 75th minute and had two shots on goal in the Thorns 2-1 win over OL Reign.

Portland claimed the Verizon Community Shield crown in the in-season competition and won a $25,000 prize for their partner, Mimi’s Fresh Tees.


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