Nevah Black Down designed the T-shirts for the 2019 Omega Back College Tour. T-shirts are available: HBCU/NEVAHBLACKDOWN MERCHANDISE . For every T-shirt purchased, a portion of the purchase price is channeled back into the the program! We are honored to be a part of something as important as this endeavor!
Omega BCT has become one of Community Uplift Through Perseverance (CUP’s) in conjunction with Xi Phi Chapter one of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc’s most successful and recognized signature initiatives.
It identifies and prepares students of color for visitation and academic review by HBCUs, and, ultimately, for leadership roles in society.
Partnering with NY Metropolitan area high schools, community organizations, non-profit foundations, and state agencies, the tour annually engages over 50 students eager to learn about higher education options.
The Omega BCT program begins with an aggressive, citywide student talent search. Between 300 to 500 youth applications are received of which approximately 50 students are selected — school counselors, educators, administrators and parents nominate. Students complete a weekend workshop program that includes two parent sessions.
During the tour, students’ academic portfolios are presented to HBCU administrators. Students who meet the institutions’ highest standards often earn on-the-spot acceptance offers from some of the nation’s top HBCUs—Howard University, Hampton University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T University, Clark-Atlanta University, Norfolk State University, Morgan University, North Carolina Central University, Delaware State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
At the cost of roughly $65,000 per tour, Xi Phi Chapter and CUP, Inc. We seek to expand the pool of academically qualified candidates, using methods that are supportive of the role that HBCUs play in the US college educational system through the development of holistic and inclusive workshops that provide young people and their parents with the knowledge and support services they need to navigate the college admissions, visitation, and admissions processes.
Our fundraising efforts are administered through Community Uplift Through Perseverance Inc. (C.U.P. Inc.) a 501(c)(3) organization which in partnership with Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., supports and sponsors the Omega BCT and its workshop’s efforts to promote programs and services to enhance the education of underserved students, and provide scholarships to support deserving individuals.
Extending our commitment to leadership, CUP’s future planning includes:
• Forming partnerships with select HBCU’s to develop a long-term scholarship program.
• Investment in Omega BCT student scholars as a testament to honoring the highest academic standards that the next generation of leaders embody.
• Establishment of partnership HBCU awards for four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
The Omega BCT program recognizes the considerable challenges facing HBCU colleges and universities that are committed to providing educational access for underrepresented groups. Limited resources force HBCU institutions to compete for the best students from a nite pool of applicants who meet and or exceed their admissions criteria.
The Omega BCT program seeks to partner with HBCU’s in a holistic, cost-effective way to complement the admissions processes by identifying top-notch students from diverse communities who might not otherwise be exposed to historically black colleges and universities. By developing HBCU partnerships, these institutions will be able to expand their pool of highly-qualified applicants and, in so doing, helping to shine a bright light our long-standing Black educational ideals.
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