Top 5 reasons why YOU should care about Cheyney University

Top 5 reasons why YOU should care about Cheyney University. As many of you may or may not be aware the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (“Cheyney” or “the University”) is under tremendous pressure to meet rigid standards set out by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE). If the university fails to meet these standards by November 2017, they face loss of their accreditation and eventually closure. There are so many deep-seated issues that have led the University to this point and you can certainly read about it in many articles across various mediums. However, it is critically important that we highlight what is NOT mentioned in the media, and often left out of the conversations regarding the school’s reputation. Cheyney University is a national treasure. It is an institution that ALL Americans should be proud of and its history alone should command great respect. Here are 5 reasons why YOU should care...
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The Miracle of Cheyney University and the Miracle It Continues To Be…

The Miracle of Cheyney University and the Miracle It Continues To Be… by Chantelle Fitzgerald  On Feb 25, 1837, with a $10,000 bequest from Richard Humphreys, the Institute For Colored Youth was established in Philadelphia, PA.  During this time, slavery in the United States was legal. Legal slavery meant that slaveowners controlled every aspect of a slaves life, including their access to education. Education was a privilege and one granted only to those that were deemed Thus, how could a school (The Institute for Colored Youth” later named Cheyney University of Pennsylvania) be established during slavery times when it was literally illegal for people of color to be educated, let alone attend school? That is nothing short of a miracle. Fortunately, the miracle of Cheyney continues through the alumni that have made a significant impact in our nation and around the world. Here is how… Octavius Catto: A graduate from the “Institute of Colored Youth” a Philadelphian who dedicated his life to help...
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The Cheyney Foundation Seeks to Close the Opportunity Gap by Providing Scholarship Access to all Students at Cheyney University via Scholly

The Cheyney Foundation Seeks to Close the Opportunity Gap by Providing Scholarship Access to all Students at Cheyney University via Scholly by Brandy Jones According to the New York Federal Reserve, at the close of the year 2016, student debt had risen to $1.3 trillion with over 44 million borrowers in the U.S. Although college enrollment has increased, the student debt crisis has prompted many to question whether receiving a college degree is worth being shackled to lifelong debt. In 2015, the National Center of Education Statistics reported that the average total cost a 4-year private college was $41,970 per student, per year. Public 4-year institutions averaged a total of $16,188 a year for a full time student. For many students the only way to enroll in college is to rack up various loans to finance everything from their tuition to housing to equipment. Putting oneself through college has become a challenge for many, even the most ambitious students. Students that come...
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Cheyney Foundation / PECO Help To Fund More Students of Color in STEM

Blog By Brandy Jones Students of color and women have historically been absent from the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. According to the 2013 Census Bureau report, Hispanic Americans make up 6.5% and African Americans only make up 6.4% of the people employed in the STEM field, in comparison to their white counterparts who make up 70% of those employed in the same field. In post-secondary institutions, very few students of color are choosing to major in these areas of study. The disparity is even more apparent when it comes to gender, in 2011 women made up only 26% of all the people employed in the STEM field, while men made up the remaining 76%. The Cheyney Foundation is making strides to further support students of color interested in pursuing careers in the STEM Field. The Cheyney Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that directly supports Cheyney University. Cheyney University (“Cheyney”) is the first historically black college...
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The Philadelphia Tribune Features the Cheyney Foundation: “PECO awards Cheyney students S.T.E.M. scholarships”

Written by John Mitchell, Philadelphia Tribune Staff Reporter After a number of years spent crunching numbers for the Internal Revenue Service, Benjamin Hawkins had seen enough. “Things started to turn in another direction,” said Hawkins, 57, a 1991 Cheyney University graduate. “The politics got involved, and it just became a place that I didn’t want to be a part of. So I figured I’d move on and do something different.” Hawkins, who has a degree in business administration, found that something different a few years ago, re-enrolling at Cheyney to pursue a second degree in biology. He expects to graduate soon and pursue work as either a chiropractor or in physical therapy with the help of a S.T.E.M scholarship he and seven other Cheyney students were presented with by PECO in conjunction with the Cheyney Foundation Scholarship Committee. On Thursday, at the foundation’s Front Street location, Hawkins was awarded a portion of a $25,000 scholarship along with Aigner Allen, Basir Fulmore, Khadijah Hogg, Priscilla...
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