Howard University to Pay Tribute to the Late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

Howard University will pay tribute to the life of the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who died last month.

Political analyst and Cummings’ longtime friend Donna Brazile will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The tribute will take place on Nov.25 at 6 p.m. in the School of Business Auditorium with seating first come, first served, according to the university.

Cummings, an alumnus of Howard, served Maryland’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. During his time at Howard, Cummings held various leadership positions including serving on the George W. Carver and Meridian Hill Hall Judiciary Board and as president and treasurer of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA).

“As we reflect on the many successes Congressman Cummings achieved during his lifetime, of greatest significance, he was present and there for his family, the less fortunate, the persecuted, the victimized, the city of Baltimore, America and Howard University,” said Howard University’s president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “We, here at Howard, will strive to perpetuate his legacy by taking up his clarion call and fighting for equality and justice. While devastated at the news of his passing, we are truly honored to celebrate the life of a true son of Howard.”

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McDonald’s Pledges $500,000 to its First Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship

McDonald’s has committed $500,000 to its first scholarship program dedicated to Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students.

In collaboration with the APIA Scholarship program, 15 four-year scholarships and 40 one-year scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshman through APIA Scholars this Spring. The program will place higher emphasis on first-generation college students with significant financial need.

According to APIA Scholar’s website, the organization has distributed $150 million in scholarships to over 7,000 students. Two thirds of its recipients live at or below the poverty level.

“There are tremendous disparities within the APIA community, both economically and educationally, that are often overlooked,” said President and Executive Director of APIA Scholars Noël Harmon. “As a founding sponsor of APIA Scholars, McDonald’s has supported our efforts to address these disparities. We are grateful to McDonald’s for recognizing the need and working with us to make a difference.”

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Education Department Releases Average Debt, Earnings of Specific College Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has released information providing the median debt and earnings students graduate with depending both on the institution they attended and the program they graduated from at that school.

This is the first time the department has released program-specific data. Before, users who visited the College Scorecard were only able to see median debt and earnings for all alumni at a single university, regardless of their field of study, one year following their graduation date.

Betsy DeVos

Now, students in the midst of their college decisions can compare program-specific outcomes between colleges. For instance, a student planning on entering nursing can learn which nursing graduates ended up with more median debt and earnings depending on which university they attended.

“Every student is unique,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a press release. “What they study, as well as when, where, and how they chose to pursue their education will impact their future. Students know this instinctively. That’s why we worked to deliver a product that is customizable and transparent—a tool that provides real information students need to make informed, personalized decisions about their education.


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