U.S. Army salutes HBCUs at Essence Music Festival

Army Provides $13 Million for Education Scholarships, Hosts Education Seminar

Essence Music Festival Mainstage Salute to HBCUs Presented by the U.S. Army. Brigadier General Barrye Price, the Deputy Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, presented education scholarships totaling over $13 million to the UNCF and Thurgood Marshall College Fund during a special HBCU presentation on the concert mainstage at the Essence Music Festival.


New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — The United States Army presented a patriotic flag salute in honor of HBCUs on the concert mainstage during the 2011 Essence Music Festival. The presentation featured Army ROTC Cadets representing their HBCU and a check presentation of education scholarships totaling over $13 million to the United Negro College Fund and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Army has sponsored the Essence Music Festival since 2000. This year, a record number of Army General Officers and Soldiers participated in several Army-sponsored events including a seminar – Promise, Pride and Power of the HBCU Education – for Essence’s Transforming Your Community Empowerment Experience. CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien was the moderator for the discussion about the current state of higher education and the financial and social challenges for young African Americans attending HBCUs.

Army, the single largest provider of college scholarships in the country, provides $100 million in scholarships annually to HBCUs. There are nearly 700 HBCU students currently receiving Army ROTC scholarships.

Army currently supports education and mentoring programs and events offered by the United Negro College Fund, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The Army also offers a variety of education benefits for those who choose to enlist, including up to $80,000 through the Army College Fund and Montgomery GI Bill for education and career development. To learn more about Army education programs and wide variety of career choices, please visit www.goarmy.com.

The U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC), a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers. In providing the force, the 18,400 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Monroe, Va.