Dr. Annie Rene Harris Slaughter is a JSU alum and Yazoo County native who now lives in Atlanta. She wants to make sure every student has an opportunity to succeed. Her endowment aims to help undergraduates with college expenses.

JACKSON, MS – Dr. Annie Rene Harris Slaughter earned three degrees from Jackson State University, and now she established a $100,000 endowment in memory of her mother – also an alum – to help undergraduates pursue their academic dreams at their alma mater. Funds will be matched by Title III, according to a press released by the university.

Harris Slaughter, a native of Yazoo County, currently resides in Atlanta. She said Rosetta Tolbert Harris Endowed Scholarships would help defray expenses for eligible candidates. Funds will pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees included in the cost of education.

“My mother started teaching around 1928. She liked school a lot. She felt that you should have a college education even if you don’t use it for anything but to fall back on. She was particularly concerned about children who lived in rural areas, where she chose to teach,” said Harris Slaughter, who recalled a doctor’s attempted to persuade her grandmother to keep her daughter (Harris Slaughter’s mother) from going back to school.

“He told my grandmother that going to school was the reason my mother head kept hurting,” said Harris Slaughter. “But my mother preserved.” Her grandmother would eventually support her daughter’s decision to go back to school.

Harris Slaughter earned her bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree from JSU and her doctorate from Indiana University in elementary and early childhood education. She was a longtime elementary teacher in Jackson and taught briefly at IU, Kentucky State and Western Kentucky University. She retired from Atlanta Public School in 2004. She said the endowment is a fitting tribute because her mother “loved helping children and parents in rural areas that other neglected. She was “no nonsense,” but some of her students were household names because her mother spoke about them so often.

Early on, Harris Slaughter described JSU as the “best state school in Mississippi.” She said, “JSU laid the foundation for everything that I w as to become.” She added, “At this point in my life, I want to assist some high school graduates who would not otherwise consider college an an option. I want to make sure young people have an opportunity.”

Also, she said, “When they become actively involved in campus life they will be more apt to go out in the world and become leaders.”

She said her life can be summed up in the words of a song by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson: “If I can help somebody… my living shall not be in vain.”

To be eligible, scholarship candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student attending Jackson State University
  • Reside in a residence hall on campus
  • Participate in one or more campus-life organizations
  • Maintain a 2.00 GPA or above
  • Be an African-American first-generation college student
  • Be a resident of Yazoo County in Mississippi (priority will be given to students who attended Linwood Elementary School)

Harris Slaughter’s desire now is to see more people support JSU through endowments and scholarships – especially since many African-American leaders graduated from HBCUs.

“People don’t need a handout as much as they need a hand-up,” she said.

CHICAGO, IL – Every year, on Tuesday after Cyber Monday the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) participates in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harness the collective power of individuals, communicates and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide.

Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and cause they support.

HCF, a non-profit based in Chicago that is mission to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for student scholarships and services at Historically Black Colleges and Universities has joined the global day in seeking your contributions in support of HBCU education and HBCU. HCF President and CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr., invites you to support students, HBCU’s and HCF on this day through a statement below.

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, you can join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speak about why you support HCF as a HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingTuesday. You may also share the #GivingTuesday flyers (pictured below).

There are also other ways that you can get involved to assist and support the mission of HCF. You may register to become a volunteer with HCF on the website and join the campaign for HBCU’s.

 

Higher education can be the debt of student in accomplishing their goals and dreams. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, campaign for student and HBCU’s is vital. We are inquiring your support and we hope that you consider HCF this #GivingTuesday.

For more information about #GivingTuesday and HCF, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org/givingtuesday.

 

 

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced it has received a $2.2 million gift from the Windgate Foundation (Windgate) to establish the Windgate Foundation Scholarship Endowment and fund the John Miller Howard Art and Education Legacy Exhibition (Howard Exhibition) at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the UAPB Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

The scholarship endowment will provide funding each year to assist eligible students with education-related expenses. Entering and current students, pursuing any degree plan are now eligible to apply.

“It is always remarkable when organizations, such as Windgate, partner in our institution’s mission to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. So it is with extreme gratitude and excitement that we enthusiastically accept this gift and thank Windgate for recognizing UAPB’s role in educating the next generation,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor of UAPB.

“Windgate Foundation is pleased to partner with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to create significant academic opportunities for student success. The Windgate Scholarship Endowment fits perfectly with UAPB’s mission of providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership,” said Patricia Forgy, Windgate Foundation executive director.

The Howard Exhibition is named in honor of the late John Miller Howard, who was an artist, founder of the UAPB Department of Art and art educator at the university for four decades. The exhibition top open in the fall of 2020 and run through 2022, will feature Howard’s paintings, personal letters, collectibles, photos, and memoirs. Arkansas Delta region public and private schools will be invited to view the exhibit.

The Windgate Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993 and has awarded more than $698 million in grants.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs and a doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

CHICAGO, IL – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and cause they support.

HCF, a non-profit based in Chicago that is mission to supporting the significance and campaign to raising funds for student scholarships and services at Historically Black Colleges and Universities has joined the global day in seeking your aid in supporting HBCU education. HCF President Demetrius Johnson Jr., cordially invites you to support students, HBCU’s and HCF on this day.

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Leading up to #GivingTuesday, you can join the movement by posting a #unselfie on social media or talk about why you support HCF as a HBCU supportive organization and using our campaign hashtag #HCFGivingTuesday. You may also share our #GivingTuesday flyers (pictured below).

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As stated in HCF President Johnson’s letter, you can also get involve and support HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign by visiting www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate and contribute to one of the following: The HCF HBCU General Scholarship, an Initiative Project, or the HBCU Campaign Fund organization. You may register on our website to become a volunteer with HCF and assist us in displaying the significance of HBCU’s.

Higher education can be the debt of students to accomplishing their dreams and in order to fulfill our mission in making a difference and campaigning for students and HBCU’s, we are inquiring your support of HCF. We hope to see your support this #GivingTuesday!

For more information about HCF and its #GivingTuesday campaign, e-mail support@hbcucampaignfund.org.

 

 

 

 

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Since August, Allstate Insurance Company who has partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation is encouraging alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to protect the legacy of HBCUs and their students by participating in the company’s annual Quotes for Education (QFE) program. In its eighth year, Allstate will donate up to $250,000 in scholarship funds to the Tom Joyner Foundation to assist students attending HBCUs.

“Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are passionate about investing in the aspirations of HBCU students to ensure that they become successful HBCU graduates,” said Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate and an alumna of Florida A&M University. “HBCUs are a vital part of our country’s history and they continue to have an undeniable impact on their students, graduates and the larger African American community.”

Between August 1 through November 30, 2016, Allstate will contribute $10 for every person who mentions “Quotes for Education” when receiving an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent, or quotes online at www.allstate.com/HBCU.

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation also teamed up with award-winning artist, actor and philanthropist, COMMON, an HBCU attendee and long-time supporter of the HBCU community. As a devoted advocate for education, the Chicago-native founded the COMMON Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers underprivileged youth in Chicago through education initiatives.

“Growing up in Chicago, my mother, an educator and principal, always stressed the importance of education. I see how difficult it is for some students to stay in school and also get a higher education, when they don’t have the resources,” says COMMON. “That’s why I’m proud to support Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation on a program that is working to address this issue and support the larger HBCU community.”

Since 2009, Allstate had donated more than $1 million representing over 500 student scholarships distributed to HBCU students through the QFE program.

Allstate’s year-round commitment to programs that empower the African American community include its 12-year history of being the title sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, in addition to its QFR partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation.

“HBCUs are a big part of me and my family and so many politicians, athletes, entertainers, educators, doctors, scientists and engineers who are so successful today,” says Tom Joyner, a Tuskegee University alumnus and chairman/founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation. “Together with Allstate, we’re encouraging HBCU alumni to give back in an effort to preserve this amazing legacy and provide students the financial freedom needed to focus on their education.”

To participate in the QFE program to making brighter futures before November 30 deadline, visit allstate.com/hbcu to find a nearby participating agent or to receive a quote online.

 

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.

 

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.