BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Have you ever heard the term “HBCU” or “PWI” referring to the racial makeup of colleges?
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominately White Institutions are two ways to describe higher education for students.
There are 107 HBCU’s and experts say attending one gives students a unique experience.
“Your lessons are taught from an asset base”, said Landrum Beard, the director of the Communities of Giving Legacies Initiative.
“You are shown what it’s like from your point of view, your history, your culture because a lot of times students not only have to understand and learn their culture, but understand the dominant culture that is here in America.”
For both types of universities, it can be difficult to even get your application across a committee’s desk because of the fees.
Applications range anywhere from $25 to over $100 for just one university.
“Instead of supporting one or two students, I dug a little bit and asked well, what are some opportunities that we can do to impact more students in Buffalo?”
The CGLI is now able to offer a waiver to ALL Buffalo Public School students to use the HBCU common app to apply for free to over 50 universities.