ETS Honors Presidential Scholars

ETS Presidential HBCU Scholars

Earlier this year, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) located in Princeton, New Jersey,  hosted eight of the nation’s brightest young students — the recipients of the 2016-2017 ETS Presidential Scholarship for HBCU Students. Among those students was Norfolk State University’s Tiana McKan, who graduated in the December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. ETS brought the scholarship winners together to make presentations about their field of study. McKan made an outstanding presentation titled, Colorism in the African American Community, which was well-received by her peers, scholarship sponsors, mentors, local students, some parents and other supporters of the scholars. Walter MacDonald, ETS president and CEO, said in a letter to NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr., “It was very clear from the depth of knowledge and the skill at presenting her subject that McKan received an excellent education at Norfolk State.”

During their time at the ETS HBCU Scholarship event, the winners met privately with MacDonald and were honored during an awards ceremony and dinner after their presentations. The students also participated in a focus group session where they were able to give feedback about the scholarship program, the application process and their respective institution’s role in that process.

As a nonprofit organization, ETS’ mission is to advance education for all learners worldwide. This mission extends beyond developing large-scale tests and conducting psychometric research to expanding opportunities for students who are driven to succeed — into the classroom and in the community. In recognition of that mission and its longstanding collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, ETS administers the merit-based, full-tuition scholarship. Students from all majors and disciplines, who attend any of the HBCUs throughout the United States, are eligible to apply for the one-year scholarship. ETS will grant up to eight awards in total or up to four scholarships each for HBCU students who attend both public and private institutions.

 

 

 

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