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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina

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Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Efforts Produce Scholarships for HBCU STEM Students

Sep 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12), Honorary Host of the National HBCU Braintrust and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Caucus, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) released a statement applauding the HBCU Caucus’ efforts to increase workforce diversity - resulting in a nearly quarter-million dollar scholarship presentation to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) at fifteen top engineering HBCUs. 

“The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus has made significant advances for HBCUs over the past year through a robust advocacy agenda. The Second National HBCU Braintrust brought together powerful Black women corporate diversity executives with women who are leading our nation’s HBCUs to discuss solutions and develop best practices for a robust pipeline of diverse talent.” said Rep. Adams. “These trailblazing women are paving a path for future innovators to gain the tools and skills necessary to meet the growing needs of our nation’s changing workforce. The scholarships presented on behalf of the National HBCU Braintrust will make it possible for students at top HBCUs, which produce over forty percent of Black women STEM degree-holders, to continue their academic achievements and pursue careers in an industry that is reshaping our world.”

“Robust, well-funded HBCUs are engines of opportunity and vital to our country’s success,” said Leader Pelosi.  “It was a privilege to recognize the exceptional young HBCU scholarship recipients and celebrate their outstanding leadership in STEM fields.  Congresswoman Adams and the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus have done incredible work to bring together these educational institutions with the business community to build critical investments in tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.  These strong, effective partnerships are empowering communities of color and ensuring all Americans have the tools to succeed in the 21st Century.”

“Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering has been at the forefront of expanding opportunities for minorities in the engineering workforce through strategic partnerships with industry, government, and universities.” said Veronica L. Nelson, Executive Director of AMIE. "Congresswoman Adams continues to be the leading voice on Capitol Hill for building a workforce that reflects all of America while expanding opportunities for HBCUs. I am honored to accept this donation on behalf of AMIE from the National HBCU Braintrust to provide scholarships that will help lessen the financial burden on students pursuing degrees in STEM. AMIE looks forward to our continued partnership with Congresswoman Adams, the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, and corporate partners to reshape, redefine, and diversify America’s workforce.”

Students from the following Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-accredited institutions will benefit from these scholarships: Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, Prairie View A&M University,  Southern University and A&M College, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of the District of Columbia, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and Virginia State University.

The Second Annual National HBCU Braintrust, held during the 48th Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, convened the HBCU, corporate, & policy communities in the Nation’s Capital to discuss substantive partnerships and celebrate Black women’s contributions to redefining, reshaping, and diversifying America’s workforce. Eight companies accepted the HBCU Partnership Challenge during the National HBCU Braintrust. The challenge was issued by the HBCU Caucus one year ago, and encourages partners to make greater investments in HBCUs. Overall, thirteen companies have made this public commitment to increase recruitment and retention efforts at HBCUs.

 

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The Bipartisan HBCU Caucus was founded by Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D during the 114th Congress. The Caucus is comprised of 76 members from both chambers and both sides of the aisle.