The Black Excel Newsletter

                                        June, 2004


    (1) How Much Is a Master's Degree Worth? Other Degrees?
    (2) Are Black and Latino Students Graduating? An Overview
    3) Blackwell Medical Scholarship Program for High School Seniors
    (4) The Top Universities Recruiting National Merit and Achievement Scholars
    (5) Opportunity for Recent Black College Graduates: Urban Education Fellowship
    (6) HBCU Graduation Rates: Taking a Close Look!
    (7) Black Excel News Update!

              How Much Is A Masters Degree Worth?
                                 Other Degrees?

    How much is higher education worth in cold hard money? A master's degree is worth $1.3 million more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma, according to a recent report from the US Commerce Depart- ment's Census Bureau. The report reveals that, over an adult's working life, high school graduates can expect, on average, to earn $1.2 million; those with a bachelor's degree, $2.1 million; and people with a
    master's degree, $2.5 million. Persons with doctoral degrees earn an average of $3.4 million during their working life, while those with professional degrees do best, at $4.4 million.  For more info go to

             Are Black and Latino Students Graduating?
                                    An Overview

    (Compiled from data represented in an Associated Press release, Thursday, May 27, 2004.)

    The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group, reports that a majority of Latino and Black students who enter four-year colleges have no degree after six years. Of the 772 four-year schools with at least five percent black enrollment, about 40 percent graduate less than 30 percent of their students within the six-year frame. Worse, 68 schools graduate under 10 percent.

    Note: About 9.4 million students attended four-year schools in 2000.  It's unclear what years the above figures are based on.  SEE THE HBCU GRADUATION RATE note below. -Editor

                Blackwell Medical Scholarship Program
                            For High School Seniors
                   (From Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

    Special to Black Excel

    This is a new program for high school seniors. Students in all 50 states are eligible. Selected scholars will receive a full scholarship to attend
    the college, which is located in Geneva, NY. Selected students will be guaranteed a seat in medical school (SUNY Upstate Medical University
    College of Medicine in Syracuse, NY).  There will be a waiver in regard to taking the MCAT (Medical College Aptitude Test). Selected Scholars get free computers.

    The admission criteria, must include at least one of the following: 1) Be an underrepresented minority; 2) Be the first generation to attend college, or; 3) Be from a rural background.

    SAT score must be at least 1250 (or ACT equivalent). GPA should be at 90% on a 4.0 scale. If you are (or know) a student that qualifies, email Professor James Ryan at, call at 315-781-3601 or go to

           The Top Universities Recruiting National Merit
                          And Achievement Scholars

    (Reported Jan. 20, 2004 for 2003 enrollment.)

    Merit Scholars are selected from among more than 15,000 semifinalists nationally by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The students scored in the top one-half percent of high school seniors in their states on the
    Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test-National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test. The top 11 ranked participating schools, followed by the number of recruited Merit scholars, are:

    Harvard University-378
    University of Texas-258
    Yale University-228
    University of Florida-224
    Stanford University-217
    University of Chicago-182
    Arizona State University-176
    Rice University-173
    University of Oklahoma-170
    Princeton University-165

    Minority Students?

    In regard to the National Achievement Scholars program that recognizes minority students who place well on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, Howard University ranked #1 of 143 participating schools across the country. The top-ranked participating schools, followed by the number of recruited Achievement scholars, are:

    Howard University-71 (HBCU)
    University of Florida-60
    Harvard University-47
    Stanford University-46
    Washington University at St. Louis-27
    Yale University-26
    Florida A & M University-25 (HBCU)
    Princeton University-25
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology-23
    Georgia Institute of Technology-20
    Duke University-20
    University of Pennsylvania-20
    New York University-19

    For more info, go to:

      Opportunity for Recent Black College Graduates:
                       Urban Education Fellowship
                                  (Deadline: June 15, 2004)

    (Special to Black Excel)

    The MATCH Charter High School in Boston is searching for top recent college grads who want to spend a year doing public service before pursuing their next step in life -- whether med school, law school, investment banking, etc. -- or those who think they might want to teach in the inner-city but aren't sure.

    The program, modeled on AmeriCorps, provides dorm-style housing and a $7,200 stipend for a 12-month tutoring fellowship beginning in August 2004.

    Most MATCH 9th graders come from low-income black families and struggle with basic reading and math, yet go on to become tops in the city academically by 12th grade.

    For more information, email (Roz Edison or visit and click on "Get Involved."  Deadline is June 15th.

            HBCU Graduation Rates: Taking A Close Look!

    (This is a reprint of an article we posted in our January 2004 newsletter. -Editor)

    Black Excel created this list from data presented in the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best College" edition (2004) for all colleges. It's based on 2002 data, the latest available.  What follows is a sampling of some of the HBCUs featured.

    Spelman College (GA)---76%
    Claflin University (SC)---75%
    Miles College (AL)--69%*
    Fisk University (TN)---62%
    Lane College (TN)---61%
    Morehouse College (GA)---58%
    Voorhees College (SC)-- 56%*
    Tougaloo College (MS)---55%*
    Hampton University (VA)--53%
    Howard University (DC)-- 53% %
    Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)-- 52%
    Tuskegee University (AL)---51%
    South Carolina State University (SC)--51%
    Elizabeth City State University (NC)---51%
    North Carolina Central University (NC)---46%
    Winston-Salem State University--44%
    Florida A&M University (FL)--43%*
    North Carolina A&T State University (NC)--43%*
    Johnson C. Smith University (NC)---41%
    Lincoln University (PA)---40%
    Morgan State University (MD)---39%*
    Bowie State University (MD)---38*
    U, of Maryland at Eastern Shore (MD)---37*
    Virginia State University (VA)---36%
    Dillard University (LA)--36%
    Bowie State University (MD)-- 36%
    Bennett College (NC)---36%*
    Jackson State University (MS)--35%
    Bethune-Cookman (FL)---34%
    Grambling State University (LA)---31%
    Shaw University (NC)---31%
    Prairie View A&M University (TX)---31%
    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (PA) --30%*
    Delaware State University (DE)-- 30%
    Albany State University (GA)--28%
    Clark Atlanta University (GA) --27%
    Benedict College (SC)---27%
    Coppin State University (MD)--24%
    Norfolk State University (VA)-- 23%
    Alabama State University (AL)-- 23%
    Morris Brown College (GA)-- 23%
    Central State University (OH)---22%
    Virginia Union University (VA) --21%
    U. of the District of Columbia (DC)-- 20*%

                        Black Excel News Update!

    Free copies of the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide were distributed to students who attended the 18th Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences Atlanta (April 2004).  The conference was given by the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). Guest speakers included Ben Carson, Sr., M.D., the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D) Representative, 2nd District of Illinois.

    Black Excel appeared at the Gateway College Fair in NYC, and also met with coordinators and college representatives of The Ventures Scholars Program.

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