4 Scholarship Opportunities for Students at HSIs

It is never too early to start thinking about scholarships and if you attend a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) have some great opportunities for you to check out. The HACU Scholarship Program administers scholarship opportunities provided by their partners to assist in defraying some of the college expenditures. Below you will find a few of the scholarships provided by HACU and their partners.

1) Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship


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Big Red, known as America’s original and #1 red soft drink supports HACU’s mission of Championing Hispanic Success in Higher Education. The Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship program awards five $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students that attend a HACU-member institution annually. For more information, click here.

2) Cafe Bustelo El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship



Café Bustelo aims to invest in the Latino community by awarding scholarships for those who seek better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. They’re looking for motivated college students with a passion for community involvement and furthering their education. El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship awards ten $5,000 scholarships to full-time undergraduate or graduate students of Latino descent. For details, click here.

3) Oracle



Oracle recognizes that fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees contribute to thought leadership drives innovation and engagement. One way they promote this idea is by offering a scholarship of $2,150 annually to undergraduate students who are attending a two-year or four-year HACU member institution within the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Additional information can be found here.


4) ¡Lanzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

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Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), offer an annual travel award program for undergraduate and graduate students attending a HACU member institution within the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Through this national education initiative, HACU and Southwest Airlines award roundtrip e-passes to currently enrolled students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education. For details on eligibility requirements, please click here.

To learn more about these scholarships and other opportunities available to students at HSI’s, Eligibility and additional detailed information can be found on their website.

Making Their Way on Broadway: 6 Performance Tony Winning MSI Alums 1980-Now

Since the 72nd Tony Awards were just a month ago, we wanted to take a look at who acted, sang, and danced their heart out on Broadway after attending an MSI!

1. Jennifer Holliday – Texas Southern University

1982 Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical as Effie White in Dreamgirls









Jennifer was the first to play the role of Effie White (later played by Jennifer Hudson in the movie). She has continued to perform on Broadway, most recently in the Tony Award winning revival of A Color Purple as Shug Avery.


2. Mary Alice – Chicago State University (then Chicago Teacher’s Union)

1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play as Rose in Fences


Mary graduated from Chicago State University and worked as a teacher before starting a career of almost 40 years in the entertainment industry. Some may know her from her movie role in The Matrix Revolutions as The Oracle.

3. B.D. Wong – San Francisco State University

1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Song Liling in M. Butterfly


As the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role, Bradley Darryl “B.D.” Wong made waves on Broadway. However, many know him from his expansive T.V. and movie career in roles such as Dr. George Huang in Law & Order: SVU or as the voice of Captain Li Shang in Mulan.

4. Phylicia Rashad – Howard University

2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun


Phylicia was the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun and would go onto to receive the NAACP Image Award reprising that role in the movie remake. Many know Phylicia as Clair Hanks Huxtable, the matriarch of The Cosby Show.

5. Anika Noni Rose – Florida A & M

2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change

Many may know Anika from her role in the Dreamgirls movie as Lorrell Robinson and as the voice of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in 2014 as Beneatha Younger in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which also led to her receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

6. James Monroe Iglehart – California State University, East Bay

2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as Genie in Aladdin on Broadway












After a Tony Award winning run as Genie, James presently plays the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway cast of Hamilton. You may also know James from his appearances on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

DREAMers and 5 MSIs that support them

By Sergio Gonzalez

Today’s society emphasizes the necessity and privilege of obtaining higher education. Unfortunately, many undocumented students in the United States are excluded from this privilege, facing adversity as they fight for their right to higher education.

Undocumented students in higher education, known as DREAMers, have been described as individuals brought to the United States as children with no legal status. With a lack of infrastructure and/or support for this student population nationwide, some MSIs have dedicated resources to support them on their academic journeys.

1) California State University, Fullerton


Titan Dreamers Resource Center (TDRC):

As an HSI, The TDRC is designed to provide a safe space where students can connect with one another. They provide undocumented students with academic and emotional support, referrals to financial assistance, and information on programs/services designed to improve retention/graduation rates. Additional information can be found here.

2) California State University, Los Angeles


Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center:

The Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center works closely with the Office of the Vice President for Student Life by assisting students with the cost of submitting a DACA renewal request. The center promotes the success of undocumented students at Cal State LA, known as an HSI, through a plethora of resources, services, and community engagement opportunities. They strive to create a welcoming environment where undocumented students can grow, flourish and succeed. For more information, click here.

3) California State University, Long Beach


Dream Success Center:

Designated as an HSI, CSULB’s Dream Success Center was established with the intent to provide services, resources, and support to undocumented students. Their mission is simple: empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success. For more information, click here.

4) University of California, Irvine


Dreamers’ Resource Office:

The Dreamers’ Resource Office is dedicated to serving the AB540 and undocumented student population through advocacy, guidance, and support at UCI, which is designated as an AANAPISI. The programs and services are designed for students to achieve academic, personal, and professional experience. The Dreamers’ Resource Office is directly connected to the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center. For more information, click here.

5) University of California, Santa Cruz


Undocumented Student Services (USS):

Under the umbrella of their Educational Opportunity Programs, USS provides a robust set of services and support to bolster the graduation and retention rates of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz, an HSI. The services include peer mentorship and academic advising, which provides personal, academic, financial, and legal support to all UCSC undocumented students. For more information on the resources the USS provides its students, click here.





4 Forbes 30 Under 30 and MSI Alumni Recipients

by Kelly Lewis

At the center of change is the burning desires of individuals committed to reinventing the world around them.  Forbes 30 Under 30 continues to be a platform where ambitious and innovative talent is displayed annually. 600 young visionaries in 20 different industries have been selected by Forbes as the 2018 30 Under 30. This week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features four MSI Alumni recipients who will gain the prestigious title of a 30 Under 30 and join the ranks of the 4,000 Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni network.

1) Danielle Hughes (PBI)—Georgia State University

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Danielle Hughes is the Cofounder of Detroit Speaks. Hughes, a Detroit native, established the Detroit based nonprofit to increase positive personal and professional outcomes for low-income teens in the public-school systems. Understanding the importance of education, Detroit Speaks facilitates social awareness, community involvement, and student success through a series of programming. Detroit Speaks grants students the opportunities to participate in community clean-ups, professional mentoring by way of the “Emerging Leaders” program, and after-school programs. To learn more about Detroit Speaks click here.

2) Benny Lou (AANAPISI)—University of California – Irvine

Benny Lou is the founder of the web publication NextShark.com. Nextshark.com targets Asian youth within America and Asian countries. It is considered one of the leading sources covering the cultural, political, entertainment, and lifestyle of Asian culture. Since its inception in 2013, with Benny Lou’s $3000, since then Nextshark has grown tremendously.  Nextshark now has a full-time staff of 12 and bringing in three million viewers monthly. Check out some of the publications on NextShark.com

3) Jenelle Coy (HBCU)—Howard University

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Jenelle Coy is a first-generation American with a keep entrepreneurial spirit. Coy has strategically used her education and professional experience in marketing and advertising to create the innovative Coy+ Brand. Coy+ has been regarded as Entrepreneur Magazine’s 360 most innovative small business in America.  Coy+ considers itself a multi-disciplinary creative and digital strategy firm that bridges the gap between function and flair. With no outside funding, Coy+ has grown to nearly $1 million in revenue last year. As well as, working with some of the Nation’s top organizations (i.e. RCA Records, Proctor & Gamble, and many more). To learn more head over to Coyplus.com.

4) Jonathan García (AANAPISI/HSI)— Azusa Pacific University

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Jonathan Garcia is the Senior Director of the Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs at Portland Public Schools. As the son of undocumented Mexican Immigrants, Garćia family instilled in him the importance of education.  Upon graduating from Azusa Pacific University, with both his Bachelors and Masters, He has led several nationally recognized efforts that connect businesses and public school systems. Garćia determination resulted in over $20 million in private investments for the San Francisco School District. Today he currently works with the Portland Public School district to develop strategic initiatives similar to his work in San Fran. To learn more about Jonathan Garcia, visit his LinkedIn here.

Do you know any other Forbes 30 Under 30 who have attended MSIs? Share in the comments below!


9 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) that offer Environmental Science Degrees

By Rachel Bryan

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) have begun developing STEM programs, empowering students to utilize their knowledge in their own communities and around the world. According to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), “federal funds and tribal initiatives have contributed to an 87% increase in enrollment in tribal college science programs and a 31% jump in overall graduation rates over the past decade.” Here are nine TCUs that offer degree programs in Environmental Science, ranging from A.S. degrees to M.S. degrees:

1. Fort Peck Community College

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Fort Peck Community College offers an A.S. degree in Environmental Science, and for those interested in pursuing additional education, the degree is transferable to universities in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This program requires students to understand biology, chemistry, and physics, and apply these sciences to the environment and evolution.

2. Haskell Indian Nations University

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Haskell Indian Nations University offers a B.S. in Environmental Science, which incorporates current trends in environmental research and evaluates how ecosystems sustain their communities. Course topics range from air quality to multicultural perspectives on sustainable agriculture.

3. Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College offers an A.S. in Environmental Science that focuses on the intersection between environmental, economic, and tribal issues. The program offers classroom, lab, and field experience with the goal of protecting the environment so it can continue to serve its surrounding communities.

4. Navajo Technical University

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Navajo Technical University offers an A.A.S. and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Natural Resources, both of which focus on environmental management and restoration. Students that have pursued these programs have gone on to pursue environmental protection, mineral extraction, energy production, and more.

5. Northwest Indian College


Northwest Indian College offers one of the only B.S.’s in Native Environmental Science in the world, which focuses on “marine sciences, plants and ethnobotany, environmental health and wellness, and tribal environmental governance and policy.” Additionally, they offer community service, research, and internship opportunities in which students can apply theory to practice.

6. Sitting Bull College


Sitting Bull College offers an A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Environmental Science. Students that have attended these programs have acquired both local and national positions, from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Agency to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) through the National Science Foundation.

7. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute offers an A.A.S. in Environmental Science. It seeks to prepare students for tribal, public, federal, private, and non-profit work in the field, and the credits are easily transferable if students wish to pursue additional education after enjoying their internship, professional development seminars, and community engagement.


8. United Tribes Technical College

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United Tribes Technical College offers an A.A.S. and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Research, emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to the A.A.S. credits being easily transferable, these programs help to foster connections between students and scientists via research projects.


9. White Earth Tribal and Community College


White Earth Tribal and Community College offers an A.A. degree with an Environmental Science Emphasis, which focuses on teaching students about the history of White Earth Reservation, relaying information about “traditional plant knowledge and wildlife tracking” and its connection to Western science.

Global Travel Fellowships at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

In light of our growing globalized world, it is important for young people to understand their agency in the context of the world around them. One of the key ways for young people students to discover this agency is through study abroad and international education experiences (fellowships, scholarships, etc).  However, according to the Institute for International Education’s 2015-2016 statistics, there are large racial disparities in those who travel abroad in college: White – 71.6%, Hispanic or Latino(a) – 9.7%, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander – 8.4%, Black or African-American – 5.9%, Multi-Racial – 3.9%, and American Indian or Alaska Native – 0.5%. In light of these disparities, many MSIs have taken on the challenge of closing this equity gap for their students. Hence, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights four HBCUs who have taken on this challenge by providing international fellowships and international travel opportunities.

1) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.


The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, administered by Howard University, seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Included in the fellowship is $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, professional development activities, and a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Learn more about the Donald M. Payne Fellowship here.

2) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)College Park, MD


The University of Maryland — College Park offers a fellowship entitled the “International Graduate Research Fellowships” for graduate students.  This fellowship provides graduate students research experience in international contexts, with hopes of students broadening their knowledge and perspectives. The fellowships utilize UMD’s faculty’s relationships with international colleagues, strengthening those relationships through graduate student exchange. Learn more about UMD College Parks’ International Graduate Research Fellowships here.

3) Miami Dade College (HSI)Miami, FL


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The Miami Dade College Office of International Education handles a host of opportunities for students, faculty and administrators, and the community to become involved with global education. One of those opportunities is through the Confucius Institute. The Confucius institute promotes knowledge of Chinese culture and Mandarin language through courses, abroad programs, and cultural programs. Specifically, the Confucius Institute offers a study abroad program at its’ sister university, Xuzhou Normal University in China, for students. The Institute also has a host of different scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying education. Learn more about the amazing opportunities that the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College offers here!

4) North Carolina State University (HBCU)Raleigh, NC


North Carolina State University’s Office of Global Engagement currently has an International Travel Assistance Fund supporting NCCU staff in their efforts for global engagement. Up to ten faculty and staff can request $1,000 to use towards international travel that relates to NC State’s global strategic plan. Learn more about NCCU’s Office of Global Engagement Initiatives here!

Know of other global travel fellowships at MSIs? Share in the comments below!

6 Pioneering Architects from Minority Serving Institutions

by Carol Sandoval

Architecture: it’s an art and a science. It is vital to the physical environment we live in. Its’ an expression of the society and technological progress. It represents society values, desires, ideologies, and ideals. It considers functional needs, comfortableness, and practicality. For these reasons, architects have a huge societal responsibility. They are required to consider environmental impacts, cost analysis and land-use in their designs. Today’s MSI Line Up features six incredible architects that attended an MSI.

1) John Chase—Hampton University (HBCU)

As the first licensed African-American architect to practice in Texas, John Chase was one of the cofounders of the National Association of Minority Architects.  He became one of Texas’s leading modernist architects. His projects included the Riverside National Bank and a U.S. Embassy commission in Tunisia.

2) Paul Revere Williams—University of Southern California (AANAPISI)

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Paul Revere Williams designed more than 2,500 buildings. His projects include the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, showy celebrity homes, and an extension to the Beverly Hills Hotel. He became the first African American awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

3) Cruz Garcia—University of Puerto Rico (HSI)

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Cruz Garcia, a Puerto Rican architect and founder of WAI Think Tank, received his master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. His projects are featured in global cities including Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, and New York. In a project based closer to home, Garcia addresses the future of Puerto Rico and the island’s infrastructure after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.


4) Ralph Hawkins—The University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI)

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University of Texas alum Ralph Hawkins honors his alma mater by generously donating to the School of Architecture. Now the CEO of HKS Inc., his projects include the Cowboys Stadium and the certified LEED Gold in sustainability College Park Center.

5) Bashirul HaqUniversity of New Mexico-Main Campus (HSI)

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Bashirul Haq received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico. His architectural style is celebrated for holding cultural roots, respecting local context, urban sustainability and the use of natural light and air. His designed buildings are characterized by extensive use of tactile materials such as hand made brick, rough concrete and natural woods.

6) Neil Denari—University of Houston (AANAPISI)

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Neil Denari, CEO of Neil M. Denari Architects, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. After obtaining his master’s, his work was mainly self-generated projects presented in numerous exhibitions. He is now a tenured professor at UCLA and visiting professor at many other universities including the University of Texas at Arlington.