Black History Month - February 2003
The U.S. has celebrated black history annually since 1926, when renowned historian and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded a weeklong observance to bring attention to the study of the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. While the length of the celebration has changed, the message still resonates. To honor the rich history and contributions of African Americans to our nation, this year's celebration will include numerous educational and cultural events for people of all ages. As February marks the study of black history, is highlighting a few of the benefit programs available for students.

  • Byrd Honors Scholarships
    The Byrd Honors Scholarships program provides scholarships to support postsecondary education to outstanding high school seniors who show promise of continued academic achievement in an effort to recognize and promote student excellence and achievement. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=405

  • Frank Annunzio Awards
    The Frank Annunzio Awards are designed to honor living Americans whose "cutting edge" innovations will lead to creative work, process, product, or their achievement that will make a significant and beneficial impact on society and provide incentive for continuing the research or specific project. Two $50,000 awards will be presented to individuals in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field, and two $50,000 awards to individuals in the Science/Technology field. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=671

  • Javits Fellowships
    The Javits Fellowships are awarded to graduate students pursuing the study of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Individuals are selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise. Recipients receive a stipend for full time study or research. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=410

  • TRIO: Student Support Services
    The TRIO program provides support services to low-income students, first generation college students, and disabled students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. Eligible students may receive (among other services) personal and academic career counseling, career guidance, instruction, mentoring, and tutoring. A goal of the program is to increase student transfer rates from two-year to four-year institutions, as well as to facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=721