Application Deadline: January 27, 2013

As White House Interns, young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. While their tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members, off-site field trips, and mentorship opportunities. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

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President Obama Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to recipient Toni Morrison

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama named thirteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards were presented at the White House on May 29, 2012. More


Contact:  Talladega College
Office of Public Relations/Mrs. Nicola Lawler
Telephone:  256-761-6207
April 9, 2012 
Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College will host its annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 12.  This year’s speaker is Dr. John S. Wilson, the executive director who was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Dr. Wilson spearheads a White House team that works with over 32 federal agencies and private corporate and philanthropic entities to strengthen the capacity of the nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities. Prior to his White House post, Dr. Wilson served as an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Washington University (GWU). At GWU, he was also the executive dean of the Virginia campus and he helped develop the university’s strategic plan. Prior to GWU, Dr. Wilson served for 16 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in various capacities as the director of foundations relations, assistant provost and other lead positions. As an MIT fundraiser, he served as a senior officer on capital campaigns with goals of $700 million and $2 billion. He more than doubled the productivity of an office he managed and peaked a record annual revenue of over $50 million.
Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Morehouse College. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University; and he also obtained a master’s and doctorate degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard. While serving as the Greater Boston Morehouse College Alumni Association president, Dr. Wilson raised over $.5 million in scholarships and $.5 million toward community outreach for his alumni chapter. He also served as a teaching fellow in Harvard’s Afro-American Studies Department and the Graduate School of Education while employed at MIT.
The College will salute its honor roll students, Dean’s List students and Presidential scholars beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday morning in DeForest Chapel. The convocation is open to family, friends, and the general public. For more information, please contact 256-761-6212.
Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama’s oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation.  Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions:  Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education. Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit

Hilary Clinton: We Expect Thousands of Brazilian Students in the Next Few Years

The United States and Brazil: An Education Partnership for the 21st Century

CAPES/HBCU-Brazil Alliance Partnership: To support the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan on Racial Equality, the United States and Brazil are promoting and expanding academic exchange opportunities between U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Brazilian universities. A Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. HBCUs and Brazil’s Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) calls for increased cooperation and exchanges between Brazilian education institutions and HBCUs in the United States.


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We have received notice of the following funding opportunities from various federal agencies.

We hope that the information is beneficial to you and your efforts.


Agency Grant Title Grant Number Submission Deadline
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Adminis. Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS (TCE-HIV: Minority Women)  TI-13-011 May 14, 2013  
 National Institutes of Health Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36) Grant.  PAR-13-152 May 07, 2016
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Refugee Home-Based Childcare Microenterprise Development Project Grant  CMS-1A1-13-002 May 30, 2013
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Grant  CDC-RFA-DP13-1302 Apr 30, 2013  
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers – 9th Announcement Grant  CMS-1A1-13-002 May 30, 2013
 National Institutes of Health  Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS (R01) Grant.  RFA-DA-14-003 Aug 01, 2013  
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Using Evidence from Science and Community Practice to Develop Web- and other Technology-Based Tools for HIV Treatment Service Provider Organizations to Improve Linkage, Retention, and Re-Engagement of HIV-Positive Persons in Care Grant.  CDC-RFA-PS13-1311 May 10, 2013
 Health Resources & Services Administration  State Offices of Rural Health Grant Program (SORH) Grant  HRSA-13-162 May 13, 2013
  HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Public Health Conference Support Program Grant  CDC-RFA-EH13-1306 May 02, 2013   
HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Organizations for Chronic Disease Prevention Grant CDC-RFA-DP10-10080401SUPP13 Apr 15, 2013  
HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders Grant CDC-RFA-IP13-1303  Jun 05, 2013  
National Science Foundation EHR Core Research (ECR)


NSF 13-555 July 12, 2013

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ED’s Wilson Discusses Importance of Historically Black Colleges & Universities


Ed. Note: This post is the first in a series of blog posts that highlights leaders at the Department of Education.

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.’s heroes as a student were college presidents. As someone who places due importance on brain power, experiences in higher education continue to inform his perspective and mission as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Born in Philadelphia and raised by a preacher and teacher – his father and mother, respectively – he would go on to get his masters in theological studies and educational administration planning and social policy at Harvard after undergraduate work at Morehouse College. At Morehouse he came to admire the former President Benjamin Elijah Mays, whom many considered a living legend for his social activism and mentorship of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reminiscing about his education, Wilson loved attending Morehouse and Harvard equally but drew distinct differences between them.

“I contrasted the two and concluded in my mind that Morehouse needs exactly what Harvard has, and Harvard needs exactly what Morehouse has,” he said. “I think that convergence has pretty much been what my career has been about, and explains a lot of the way I think in this position.”

Morehouse was deep into what he calls character capacity – the education to impart a sense of calling and mission in life.  Harvard excelled in capital capacity with an established financial infrastructure.

After Harvard, Wilson served as director of foundation liaisons and assistant provost at MIT. He led two major capital campaigns that raised nearly $3 billion. After 16 years in that position, he left in 2001 and moved to Washington D.C. to work at The George Washington University as an executive dean, then an associate professor in their school of education where he researched black colleges and fundraising.

Then he got the call from the Obama administration. Wilson now assists Secretary Duncan as a liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs, as well as work with 32 federal agencies that offer support through federal grants and contracts.

The White House Initiative boils down to four components: capital enlargement, strategy development, campus enrichment, and perception enhancement.

“We have enlarged the capital flow to HBCUs, federal funding is up, and private sector partnerships through our office with HBCUs are way up. We will soon be launching an arts and HBCUs initiative, and enhance teacher prep,” he said.

According to Wilson, perception is a key area.

“There are still some people who see HBCUs as symbols of the past rather than forces for the future,” he said. “We’re trying to shift those perceptions and trying to get more people to understand they are positive forces. The President and Secretary Duncan have established that they want 8 million more college graduates by 2020. We know that 2 million of those 8 million need to be African Americans. We also know that 167,000 need to come from HBCUs.”

There are currently 105 HBCUs serving approximately 300,000 students. They graduate about 35,500 students per year, but will need to graduate more than 57,000 students per year by 2020 to meet the President’s goal. HBCUs produce half of the African American K-12 teachers in the country.

“Not only are HBCUs necessary,” Wilson said, “but this nation needs them to produce a lot more students than they’ve been producing.”

Solid education is the key to living a rewarding life for yourself and for others around you, Wilson explained.

“There’s no substitute for the life of the mind. I have three kids, so I come at education not just personally but in terms of my family.”

Natalie Torentinos is a graduate student at The George Washington University and an intern in the Office of Communications and Outreach.