Programs & Initiatives
THE HALL OF FAME GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Hall of Fame is committed to the educational growth and development of African American undergraduate and graduate students attending institutions of higher learning, with preference given to those attending HBCUs. Through gifts provided by our corporate sponsors, the Hall of Fame is able to provide scholarships to deserving students.
THE HALL OF FAME WEEKEND CONFERENCE
This premier HBCU leadership conference is the Hall of Fame’s vehicle to promote the value of HBCUs, while at the same time provides a forum for students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters to sharpen their skills and increases their capabilities through workshops, seminars, programs and institutes. The conference participants interaction with and exposure to, the resources, talents and expertise of educators, scholars, theorists, researchers and practitioners equip and empower them to better serve their respective communities.
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE
Through the National Scholarship Service, the Hall of Fame sponsors college fairs where high school students experience one-on-one interview sessions with college representatives. The process affords students the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding their postsecondary education.The free college fairs are specifically for high school juniors and seniors in pursuing a college education regardless of test scores, grade point averages, ethnic or economic backgrounds.
THE HALL OF FAME SPEAKERS BUREAU
The Hall of Fame serves as a resource center for subject matter experts, utilizing the expertise and experiences of its members of the Board of Directors , and those individuals who have been inducted into the National Black Alumni Hall of Fame to speak at various events and functions.
CHEFS OF THE WORLD: A TASTE OF FAME
This Fundraising event showcases exquisite creations by top chefs of the world, recognizing their extraordinary culinary accomplishments. The food service industry, and its ancillary professions, has proven to be a thriving economic engine and career choice for many young men and women. A portion of the proceeds from the event support scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Hospitality or Culinary Arts. The remaining funds are used for training and capacity building got Alumni and student leadership organization through other programs.
CHECK YOURSELF INITIATIVE
A collaborative effort between the Hall of Fame, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Aetna, this initiative is designed to develop, implement and evaluate a national pilot program to address substance use at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS). The goal of this initiative is to educate, create awareness and establish a substance use disorder program that will decrease substance use among students of HBCUs by identifying risk, usage and implementing early prevention, intervention and resilience services as needed.
POSITIVE IMAGE AREA
This program enlightens elementary, middle and high school students on the viability of HBCUs as an opportunity for higher learning. Education, community and business leaders mentor youth and promote possessing a positive self-esteem and image.
THOMAS W. DORTCH, JR. BIRTHDAY BASH
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Board Chair of the Hall of Fame, hosts this annual fundraiser event which affords HBCU alumni, alumni associations and other stakeholders to come together in a social setting to rededicate their commitment and support their alma maters.
COMPETITION OF BLACK COLLEGE QUEENS
This exciting competition showcases young African American women from HBCUs with the coveted title of “Queen” of their institution. The queens are judged in five categories and the winner receives an academic scholarship and various gifts and prizes. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocates on behalf of HBCUs.
LEGACY OF LEADERS ALUMNI AWARDS LUNCHEON HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony highlights and honors deserving HBCU graduates for distinguished service to their country and Alma Maters, as well as achievements in their field of endeavor. For 30 years, the Hall of Fame has celebrated inductees in the following fields: Arts & Entertainment, Athletics, Business and Industry, Community Service, Education, Faith & Theology, Government & Law, Medicine, Science and Lifetime Achievement.
LEGACY LECTURE SERIES
The impetus of the Legacy Lecture Series is to position students for leadership roles in society through education and mentoring. To this end, the Legacy Lecture Series is designed to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social cultural and political challenges of today, and to re-shape the fabric of America as they step into tomorrow. The series is presented on various HBCU campuses throughout the academic year. Programs from this series includes: Eggs with Experts, Callhood to Manhood and a Callhood to Womanhood.
HBCU INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The tournament takes place during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and attracts the elite Division I and Division II HBCU golf teams, The Hall of Fame awards scholarships to participating schools in support of their golf programs.