One winner from each school will receive $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields, according to the announcement. Applicants at each school must have a 3.5 grade point average. Finalists and winners will be selected by the universities and will be announced this summer, according to the announcement.
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In the video, students can be seen dancing to music and the words “1856 is when we arrived, shout out to Beyoncé and the Beyhive,” can be heard in the background. Wilberforce University — the first private historically black college in the country — was founded in 1856.
The national notoriety is welcome at Wilberforce University, as the school has been affected by financial difficulties including layoffs and pay cuts in recent years.
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