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HBCU Glow is an initiative for all high school students to shine their inner light in an environment that will allow them to GLOW and grow. 

About HBCU Glow

HBCU Glow is an initiative for high school students to shine their inner light in an environment that will allow them to glow and grow. This concept was created over 10 years ago of actively engaging with high school students in SC, GA and NC through onsite presentation. The mission was to expose and encourage talented high school students to consider HBCUs as a viable choice for higher education. This concept was officially founded in 2022 by South Carolina State University alum Shanna Kennedy, along with Bernard C. Austin as a co-founder. The goal is to educate students regarding HBCU's and provide resources to eliminate some financial barriers by offering book scholarships to those who have chosen to attend an HBCU. 

HBCU History

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, more commonly known as HBCUs, are institutions of higher education founded to educate Black students. HBCUs have historically been a place for African Americans to learn, thrive, and prosper. It continues to serve that purpose for so many who attend. Although it has historically served the higher education needs of African Americans, HBCUs campuses are welcoming to ALL ethnicities and you find many of them very diverse.



Why Attend and HBCU

  • Student's benefit from intimate settings...

  • Challenging academic environment. ... 

  • Memorable social experiences. ... 

  • Lasting friendships. ... 

  • Creating a legacy. ... 

  • Learning about the Black diaspora. ... 

  • Strong alumni networks. ... 

  • Recognizing your worth...

South Carolina Sate University 

Marching Band 101


  • How to Prepare for "Life After High School" Seminar

  • Onsite/Virtual Presentations

  • Workshops

  • Scholarship Opportunities

  • Campus/Bus Tours

College Students

Scholarship Opportunities


HBCU Glow and its committee will award multiple book scholarships to graduating seniors planning to enroll in an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the Fall of 2023. Applications must be a written original essay based on the displayed topic, complete the application form which can be downloaded below, and meet other eligibility requirements as outlined. Please type or write requested information to submit for consideration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduating senior enrolled in high school planning to attend an HBCU or a freshman currently enrolled at an HBCU

  • Must include Name of school(s) you plan to attend or attending

  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (submit transcript)

  • Submit an essay on one of the 3 topics below (500 word min)

    • What influenced you to select your major and what impact will obtaining a college degree from an HBCU have on your future goals?

    • What have you learned from your high school experiences that will help you be a successful college student and future college graduate?

    • How will this scholarship help you achieve your goals in college?

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