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Top 6 Black-To-School Scholarship Programs For African American Students In Fall/Winter 2017

Nationwide ( -- Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are given away to students to help them pay for college tuition, books, and other college-related expenses. As the year winds down, here are the top national scholarship programs for African American students and others that are still accepting applications:

#1 - NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses:

The NBNA Scholarship Program offers 14 scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in nursing who are members of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. The scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year college or university pursuing a Bachelors, Associate, or L.P.N. degree with at least one year of school remaining. The deadline to apply is in April 2018.

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#2 - Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships:

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships are offered to outstanding black high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. High-school seniors of African descent may apply (for example, African American, Caribbean, African, etc). Applicants must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or a business program such as finance, business administration, or marketing. The deadline to apply is in April 2018.

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#3 - Coca-Cola Scholars Program:

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is a very competitive program for high school seniors throughout the United States. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the largest soft drink company in the world, the program awards millions every year in college funding. The deadline to apply is in October 2017.

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#4 - Apple HBCU Scholarship Program:

The Apple HBCU Scholarship Program is offered to eligible college students who are in their final year of college at a HBCU institution. Eligible students include those who are majoring in Computer Science, Information Science/Technology, Mathematics, and/or Engineering. The deadline to apply is in October 2017.

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#5 - Scholarship Foundation (The I.Am.Angel Foundation):

Established in 2009 by Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas star (William J. Adams), this program is open to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and pursue degrees in the STEM and arts fields. The scholarship covers all college expenses, including tuition, books, fees, and room and board for four years. The deadline to apply is in December 2017.

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#6 - Burger King Scholars Program:

The Burger King Scholars program is designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must be graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is in December 2017.


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Failure to Find a Job Can Land Women Back in Prison

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the world, at a fiscal cost of more than $75,000 per person annually. But University of California, Riverside sociologist Susila Gurusami said incarceration also has high social costs that disproportionately burden black communities in areas like South Los Angeles.

“Considering population numbers, black women are overrepresented in the American prison system,” said Gurusami, a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow who spent 18 months at a South LA reentry home for formerly incarcerated, primarily black women. Nationally, black women are imprisoned at nearly double the rate of white women.

Gurusami’s findings, published in the journal Gender & Society, highlight the challenges confronted by black women after they leave prison, which include navigating post-release employment requirements.

Women who fail to secure post-release employment face violating the terms of their parole, which can lead to reincarceration. About 9,000 people are incarcerated every day in the United States for violating parole or probation employment mandates; 70 percent of them are black.

“The women I met were released with a lot of hope about the possibilities of their lives,” Gurusami said. “A lot of them were trying to earn degrees while working or looking for jobs, plus attending mandatory support groups for things like anger management and life skills that often ended up getting in the way of them getting hired.”

Other common challenges Gurusami witnessed involved balancing child care arrangements and custody requirements with work schedules, managing physical and mental health issues, and navigating LA's vast landscape using only public transportation.

The cumulative effect of these women’s experiences is best described by a concept Gurusami calls “intersectional capitalism.” The concept refers to the way different forces — capitalism, patriarchy and systemic racism — converge to produce groups of people who are more vulnerable than others, thus creating and perpetuating social and economic inequalities.

According to Gurusami, black women historically have grappled with a long tradition of hurdles, from enslavement to the Ronald Reagan-era stereotype of the “welfare queen,” which Gurusami said have sought to devalue them as human beings through their relationship to the labor market.

Overall, most of the women she encountered searched for full-time employment with little success. Yet one way many of them moved forward and built new skills was by becoming embedded in activism for currently and formerly incarcerated people.

“Mentoring other women and people who had come out of the incarceration system, going door to door to campaign for politicians, and learning how to advocate for themselves became powerful ways for these women to combat what typically becomes a cycle of reincarceration,” she said. “Still, to release someone from the prison system with few resources and high expectations of meeting rigid requirements is not the way to build a more functional society.”

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Time for Change Foundation Hosts Grand Opening

San Bernardino, CA - September 22, 2017 Time for Change Foundation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new location. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on September 22, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2164 N. Mt. View Ave in San Bernardino, California. The community is invited to come out and celebrate this momentous accomplishment.

The celebration will be attended by distinguished guests and will include a short presentation, tours, and hors d'oeuvres.

Since 2002, TFCF has been at the forefront of eliminating homelessness through evidence based programs and housing. To date, it has helped over 1,020 homeless women and children in the San Bernardino County reach self-sufficiency in addition to reunifying 249 children with their mothers.

"We are overwhelmed with joy over this new addition to our agency, said TFCF Founder and Executive Director, Kim Carter. "This is another key self-sustaining layer to our overall operations."

The new location will allow TFCF to grow its evidence based programs and housing services which is currently serving 11 different cities.

"Without the support of our donors, this dream wouldn't have come to fruition," said Vanessa Perez, TFCF Associate Director. "It's so exciting to be a part of an agency that is truly impacting lives."

You must RSVP by emailing Lisa Moreno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note: there will be a strict adherence to the RSVP guest list.

The mission of TFCF is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. To learn more about Time for Change Foundation or to make a donation visit our website. The agency's contact information remains 909-886-2994 and

Mental health and substance abuse solutions needed to reduce crime

Publishers Corner Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

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Supervisor Robert Lovingood wants us, the voters of San Bernardino County, to impose a crime tax on ourselves. Passage of this tax will require a two-thirds vote of the people. In order to achieve this supermajority, Lovingood needs to engage in a meaningful discussion with voters regarding the causes and prevention of crime. The solution can’t be to just add cops and prosecutors. It’s never that simple and quite frankly that would never pass.

Here’s a thought about what might actually work:

First of all, let’s stop playing the blame game and let’s look at the facts. Let’s start with one of Lovingood’s pet peeves, AB 109, the realignment law. Defendants who are convicted of less serious felonies now go to the county jail to serve their sentences instead of to state prison. Calling out Sacramento for AB 109 may be comforting for some people, but here’s the fact: federal courts ordered California to significantly reduce its state prison population. Read that again, it was a Federal Court order.

The legislature adopted AB 109 to comply. The only other option would have been to build more prisons, a financial and political non-starter. Lovingood knows that and he should publicly acknowledge it. So does Joseph Brady, who has recently called for a regional crime summit. Any politician who wants us to vote to increase our tax burden needs to be straight with us.

Then there’s the other favorite bogeyman, Proposition 47. In 2014 California voters passed Proposition 47 which reduced several drug possession felonies and low-level thefts to misdemeanors. Lovingood, Brady, and Daily Press editorial staff have recently gone on record blaming Sacramento for this initiative but here’s another fact: Proposition 47 was approved by an overwhelming majority of California voters (60 percent to 40 percent). It’s not just Sacramento, the majority of voting Californians now realize that the solution to our drug epidemic is not incarceration but treatment.

Proposition 47 was not some nebulous evil Sacramento conspiracy. In San Bernardino County, 139,000 people (49 percent) voted for Proposition 47, a virtually even split with the no vote. Lovingood’s crime tax is going to need a large segment of these 139,000 yes on 47 voters if he hopes to garner that two-thirds vote.

If Lovingood is serious about passing a tax measure to address crime issues, he needs to craft a measure that addresses the issues that cause criminality in our county. He can add cops and prosecutors if he wants to, but the tax measure needs to include a significant increase in funding for treatment of addiction and mental illness. For over 30 years I have been speaking to inmates in our local jails. I’ve seen the effects of mass incarceration on generations of families, and if we are going to stop the cycle we are going to have to address the problems, not just throw people in jail for a little while and then send them on their way.

A vast majority of the people in our county jails are suffering from addiction, mental health issues, or both. A crime tax that funds mental health treatment, addiction services and maybe homelessness and poverty, is worth a serious discussion. I like Brady’s concept of a crime summit. It should include moving toward mental health and substance abuse solutions. Let’s avoid the demagoguery and let’s start talking to each other.

Mark Shoup is an Apple Valley resident.

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