NBCA Competition of Black College & University Queens
This exciting competition showcases young African American women from HBCUs with the coveted title of “Queen” of their institution. The queens are judged in five categories and the winner receives an academic scholarship and various gifts and prizes. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocates on behalf of HBCUs.
The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the growth and development of HBCUs through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement. Our aim is to advance the reality that HBCUs are valuable treasures and critical resources that help transform the seeds of potentiality into the fruits of possibility.
Additionally, the Hall of Fame, through its National Scholarship Service, seeks to ensure that high school students (with a particular emphasis on the inner city youth) are exposed to colleges and universities through college fairs, which facilitate the exchange of information and one-on-one interview sessions between high school students and college representatives. Through this effort thousands of students interact with more than 500 colleges and universities on an annual basis.
The Hall OF Fame and HBCUs
The Hall of Fame exists primarily to showcase the legacy of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and to promote their relevance and significance. An HBCU is a federal designation given to the colleges and universities founded prior to 1964 to educate African Americans. The beginning of HBCUs can be traced to the need to provide a basic primary education for freed African Americans. Prior to the Civil War, there were only three formal institutions avail able to educate African Americans. Follow ing the Emancipation Proclamation, there was an expansive growth of colleges formed to educate the former slaves. By the 1900, the number of colleges had grown to over 200.
Having been in existence for nearly two centuries, HBCUs are talent rich and bubbling with enthusiasm, hope and commitment; yet, they remain financially strapped and under funded. In spite of their meager resources, they continue to prepare young men and women who color the future of America as politicians, educators, physicians, clergy, entertainers, athletes and businesspersons. The continued existence of HBCUs expands choices for Americans to receive a quality education that is rich in culture and tradition. With more than 300,000 students enrolled, HBCUs send upwards of 60,000 graduates into the work force annually.
In addition to its educational, social and cultural values, the HBCU Nation (HBCUs as a collective entity) is fertile economic ground for businesses and individuals seeking to expand their market shares. For example, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that the HBCU Nation contributes $10 billion annually to the nation ‘s economy, and is America’s twenty-second (22nd) largest employer, providing more than 180,000 full time and part time jobs. Moreover, the Center suggests, the typical HBCU student spends an average of $1 1,000 annually, and has 1-3 credit cards.
An investment in HBCUs is an investment in the future of America.