A historically black institution at St. Augustine University, Raleigh, NC, is expanding its outreach to community college students in Fresno, California, through a new transition path, university leaders announced Wednesday.
Participating Community College graduates who have earned an associate’s degree in a field awarded in St. Augustine will be guaranteed admission to HBCU and are eligible for a Community College Transfer Grant of 8,945 per year. If the student maintains a GPA of 2.8 or higher, the grant will be automatically renewed for one academic year.
The new relocation option is an effort by HBCU Urban Access Hub, an initiative to partner with community colleges across the country in areas that do not have HBCU, and to build a pipeline to St. Augustine.
Christine Johnson McPhail, president of St. Augustine University, said in a press release, “It makes sense to expand to Fresno, California. “I think Fresno is my second home. I graduated from Fresno City College and Fresno State University. So, this is my way of giving back a place that has given me so much. ”
The university plans to hold an information session in Fresno on July 1, which is open to increasingly senior, community college transfers and recent graduates and older adult students. Eligible students have the opportunity to be accepted into the university at the event, if they bring their transcripts and meet the minimum requirements.