Mariah Levy: HBCU Bridge Scholarship at the University of Chicago, 2016-2017

Program Information: HBCU Bridge Scholarship to UC

My name is Mariah Levy, and currently, I’m fortunate enough to be an HBCU Bridge Scholar at the University of Chicago (through the Graham School of Continuing Studies). The program provides Hgraham1fullBCU graduates with a scholarship to take two courses per quarter at the university for one academic year (six courses total). We are considered graduate students at-large (GSAL). It basically means that while we aren’t in any specific degree program, we take the same graduate courses (under the same faculty) as degree-seeking students.
This experience has been extremely rewarding. We have regular check-ins as a cohort with our advisors, Graham School administration, international GSAL students, and HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Scholars. My cohort is supportive of my journey, as well as the graduate students in degree programs. During my first quarter, I went to Graduate Council meetings, and contributed as much as anyone else in the program. I feel connected to the university, and I’m building a network that will last beyond my experience as an HBCU Bridge scholar.
The program is designed to expose HBCU and HSI students to graduate school before making the mental, financial, or time commitment. After graduating from Howard’s philosophy department, I knew I could take many paths. And this program allows me to sample many of them in a short time span, without the stress of financial burden. I think that this experience was also instrumental in securing employment this year, and being accepted into a degree program at NYU. I’m still waiting to hear from other schools (including UChicago), but right now I’m one for one!
I would do it again, and I recommend anyone who isn’t sure of their next steps to apply at the very least.

Kayla Mann: Apple HBCU Scholars Program, Summer 2016

Program Information: Apple HBCU Scholars Program

This past summer, I was fortunate to be one of 33 members of the inaugural class of Apple HBCU Scholars. The program is an initiative between Apple and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund aimed at exposing HBCU students to different careers in the technology sector. However, unlike most of my fellow scholars, I spent my 12-week summer internship in a non-headshottechnical field.

As a marketing major, I found myself working in the Employee Engagement & Events space, which allowed me to work on everything from the project management of different event experiences to helping relaunch and redesign how Apple approaches celebrating diversity & inclusion. Not to mention, I recently had the chance to see some of my recommendations come to life at the largest technical conference for women in the world so to say my time at Apple was exciting is an understatement. The program also allowed me to network with many of the top Apple executives and provided me with a few mentors that have been dedicated to helping me professionally as well as personally, even after the conclusion of my internship.
Although the application for the 2017 class of scholars has already closed, Apple is still accepting applications for its traditional internship program and the application for the 2018 class of scholars will open again in August.

Malcolm Thomas:UC Davis Summer 2016 Research Engagement Experience

Student Spotlight: Malcolm Thomas, Junior, Political Science/Economics Major, College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) Honors Program

UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience: Program Information

Application Deadline: November 1st

Malcolm Thomas is a Junior Political Science and Economics Major from Lakeland, Florida. This past summer Malcolm had the opportunity to participate in the UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience. At UC Davis, he worked with a faculty member on  research concerning the shortage of attorneys in rural areas. He was also able to devise his own research project that focused on identifying the education disparities experienced by minorities living in rural areas. In addition to this valuable research experience, Malcolm was able to attend several professional developmental workshops, attend different events with professionals in his field, and even visit UC Berkeley. Malcolm expressed, “I left UC Davis with a much better understanding of not just getting in to graduate school, but how to effectively navigate within that space. I also got the chance to have fun with the colleagues in my cohort and expand my network with esteemed faculty members from both UC Davis and Berkeley”.

In order to get in the program, Malcolm recommends starting the application process early. He obtained both of his recommendations long before the application was due. He also made sure to get his essay proof-read by three different sources to ensure that he articulated himself in the most concise and impactful way possible. If you are interested in earning a Ph.D. in the future or simply want to see if research is for you, the UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience may be the right summer enrichment program for you!

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