PINE BLUFF, AR – Oscar award-winning Director Spike Lee will be the featured speaker during the annual black history month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This free, public event will be held Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex.

According to a press release from the university, in addition to being an award-winning director, Lee is also a writer, actor, producer, author, and NYU Grad Film Tenured Professor whose body of work has continued to grow over the last three decades. Lee co-wrote his latest film Chi-Raq with Kevin Willmott based on the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. He has directed and produced over 30 films since his first feature film, the independently produced She’s Gotta Have It which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and received the esteemed Prix de la Jeunesse Award. Lee continues to produce Cinematic works of Art that display his skill and ability to showcase outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, about Race, Class and Gender identity. His film, Do the Right Thing, released in 1989, earned Lee an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and remains still relevant today.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he returned to New York City to continue his education at NYU/Tish, where he received his MFA in Film Production. After graduation, he founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, based in Brooklyn. He began teaching a course on filmmaking at Harvard in 1991 and in 1993 he started on the Faculty at NYU/Tish in the Graduate Film Program where he was appointed Artistic Director in 2002, a position which he still holds.

For more information about the event, please call the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 870.575.7061.


PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Office of Recruitment announces its annual Lion Fever Day on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lion Fever Day is designed to allow high school seniors and juniors an opportunity to see various parts of UAPB’s campus and experience speaking with college advisors personally in an effort to gain details about his or her desired area of major. Activities will include a college fair, campus tour, a chance to hear the university marching band and view performances from select Greek organizations.

Interests students or school groups that would like to participate must RVSP on-line by April 4th. There is a fee, it’s $10 per person and $5 per person in groups of 10 or more.

To RVSP click here. For more information about Lion Fever Day, contact UAPB’s Office of Recruitment at 870.575.7177.


thetomjoynerfoundationDALLAS,TX –¬† The Tom Joyner Foundation has announced the Full Ride Scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Fall of 2017.

“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, Chairman of his foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. “So, I wanted to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website –

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495. Two of the recommendations should be from teachers who know the students work and one may be a personal reference, reflecting on the students’ character and community work.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • A United States Citizen.
  • Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2017).
  • Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1400 [Based on the NEW SAT score format -combined math essay and verbal score] or ACT score of 30.
  • Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The recommendations from at least three people and the transcript must be mailed and postmarked no later than January 20, 2017. Interviews will occur in March 2017.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation,, 214.448.3765.


Tuskegee Airman Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Information

Deadline: January 26, 2016

Each year the Tuskegee Airman Scholarship Foundation (TASF) grants scholarship awards to young men and women. The number of scholarships awarded is directly related to income received from Foundation investments. Forty (40) awards of thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) are typically available each year. These $1,500 scholarships are provided on a one-time, first year basis only.

Eligibility Requirement

Applicants must be a student from accredited high schools who have graduated or will graduate in the spring of the academic cycle. Additionally, those who apply must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least three point zero (3.0) on a 4.0 scale.

Application Procedure:

Application forms and instructions may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. website (, or a Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. local Chapter. Completed applications must be returned to the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chapter nearest the applicant on or before the stated deadline in the application form.  Applications that do not meet technical requirements may be eliminated from further consideration.

Attachments Required:
In addition to the completed application form, the following attachments are required:

  1. An official copy of the student’s high school transcript, senior year schedule.
  2. A wallet-size picture of the student – on the back of the picture, put your name, last 4 digits of SSN, e-mail, telephone number.
  3. A copy of parent(s) latest IRS form from 1040 that shows the adjusted gross income line (generally line 37) or other official document (W-2/W-4 not accepted); the SSN should be “blacked out” from security purposes.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (from counselors, instructors, community leaders, etc).
  5. “The Tuskegee Airmen” Essay including how their experience impacts you. (Typed, double spaced, not to exceed two (2) pages.)
  6. A personal Essay (Typed, double spaced, not to exceed two (2) pages).
  7. List of extracurricular and community activities (including Junior ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, BSA, GSA, or Explorer Scouts).

Please note, all attachments to the application must not exceed 8.5x 11″ in size.

You may obtain the Tuskegee Airman Scholarship Foundation scholarship application here.