Morning Briefing – March 25, 2021


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Hogan signs off on $577 million for Maryland’s historically Black colleges and universities

Maryland is closer to resolving a long legal fight over inequitable funding of the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed legislation Wednesday to provide $577 million over a decade to the schools.

The legislation, which the Maryland General Assembly approved last week, would fund scholarships, faculty, academic programs and marketing at Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. (Washington Post)

Retired NBA players association launches scholarship fund for HBCU students

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) today announced the launch of the Legends HBCU Scholarship – a scholarship fund and scholars program for undergraduate students attending HBCUs across the country. The Legends HBCU Scholarship is the latest program from the NBRPA’s Legends Care initiative and will become an integral component of the NBRPA’s mission and scope of influence for years to come. Legends Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of their academic excellence and desire to make a positive and purposeful impact in the world. (National Basketball Retired Players Association)

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COVID halts football activities at Grambling, QB enters transfer portal

Spring cleaning continues for the Grambling State University football program, while Alabama A&M will again sit idle. 

The Grambling State-Alabama A&M football game set for Saturday in Huntsville has been canceled. A release from AAMU states that it is due to “COVID-19 protocols” at Grambling. Grambling’s game against Texas Southern on April 3 has been canceled as well. (HBCU Gameday)

Denmark Tech to offer 5-week manufacturing training program, full scholarship to participants

Residents of Barnwell County will have the opportunity to participate in a five-week training program aimed at preparing trainees as potential employees for manufacturing jobs in the region. A full scholarship will be awarded to all participants of the program.

The ManuFirstSC program is a fast-paced manufacturing certification course originally developed between Volvo Cars, the South Carolina Department of Commerce (SCDoC), Trident Technical College, readySC and Berkeley County. (WLTX)