According to a press release by the university, the grant will help establish the Wilberforce University Graduate Assistance Fund to provide scholarships, fellowships, and internships to support students to degree completion. In addition the Fund will allow for the renovation of the teaching and learning spaces for the Master’s Program, re-imagination of a learning innovation center for students and faculty to explore creative strategies to improve pedagogy, clinical learning training, and research.

Additionally, the grant will establish the Faculty Innovation Fund to support and enhance professional development, scholarly presentations and publications, and collaborative research.

“Under the leadership of our Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard and the dedicated and hard work of our newly appointed Director of Title III, Mrs. Jacqueline Waters, they were able to submit a winning proposal. This will be a transformational gift for the University, and most notably, our Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The awarding of this Grant is further affirmation of the Wilberforce Renaissance at work and solid recognition of what can occur when a University community of principled, talented and committed individuals work on behalf of a common good. We will continue to be laser-focused in our intention to continue the legacy of excellence established in 1856 at this venerable institution. We are prepared to do the work and it is wonderful to have resources to support our efforts to significantly enhance and strengthen our Master Program.” said Herman J. Felton, President of Wilberforce University.

The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified, professionally trained rehabilitation counselors. The 48-semester hour sequence of study prepares students to develop a mastery of the knowledge and skills identified by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as requisite competencies for rehabilitation counselors.

Individuals interested in The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program must submit the following documentation:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except from WU).
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in related social services fields.
  3. A completed Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program application.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. An Autobiographical Statement up to three pages in length, double-spaced, typed.
  6. A non-refundable application fee of $40.
  7. GRE or MAT scores.

For more information regarding the Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program at Wilberforce University, visit

WILBERFORCE, OH – Wilberforce University, the oldest private historically black college and university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced new appointments to their Board of Trustees. The 21st President Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., announced Thursday (January 12) via his Instagram.

“These appointments support a continued renewal of the Wilberforce commitment of excellence to its constituency that has been dubbed “The Wilberforce Renaissance”, I am proud to be a part of this exciting new era.” said Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Meet the appointees:








“This outstanding cadre of professionals demonstrates that indeed the renaissance at Wilberforce is underway. We are pleased and excited to have each of these extraordinary individuals, the multitude of experience they bring in the private and public sector, as well as their involvement in board governance at some of the nation’s premiere universities.” said Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., 21st President of Wilberforce University.

These appointments come six months after Dr. Felton Jr., was named the new president of Wilberforce. Dr. Felton previously served as senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College and well as holding employment at Murray State University. He has specialized in strategic planning, fundraising, and administration while overseeing day-to-day operations for the college.

HCF joins Mr. Wilson, Dr. Felton Jr., and the Wilberforce University community in welcoming these five superior individuals to WU’s Board of Trustees and we are excited and look forward to seeing great progress in the new era of ‘The Wilberforce Renaissance.”

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