Why KIPP Texas Promotes KIPPsters Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions established before 1964 with the principal mission of educating Black Americans (source). These institutions were founded and developed in an environment of legal segregation. By providing access to higher education, they contributed substantially to Black Americans’ progress in improving their status.

KIPP Texas alumni have attended more than 35 HBCUs across the country, including Howard University, Hampton University, Fisk University, Howard University, and Morehouse College. We also have proud HBCU alumni who teach and lead our students to success every day. So, why is it important that we continue to promote and share our love for HBCUs at KIPP Texas?

We believe in brave and belonging spaces for ALL students.

The environment we aspire to create is welcoming and accepting, and one where our students feel comfortable to be themselves and take risks. We believe HBCUs can also create this feeling allowing our alumni to feel affirmed, valued, safe, and included. 

There are many HBCU options across the country, giving students opportunities galore.

In 2019, there were 100 HBCUs located in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of the 100 HBCUs, 51 were public institutions, and 49 were private nonprofit institutions (forthcoming). 

HBCUs offer rich culture and history with high rates of success for graduates.

HBCUs historically have provided an affordable education to millions of students of color, graduating the majority of America’s African American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, and other scientific and technological professionals.

KIPP Texas offers a KIPP Forward program beginning in 11th grade, including coursework and partnering with a career and high school counselor. KIPP Forward honors our promise to support our alumni to and through college and career completion by empowering alumni to continue to use their KIPP-developed scholarly habits, knowledge, and qualities of character to continue advancing and engaging with our communities. While college may not be the path for everyone, we want to ensure we introduce the diversity of options available to each student, including HBCUs!

If you’re interested in sending your child to a KIPP Texas school, apply today!  Our student lottery application deadline is February 14, 2022.

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