When most people think of Historically Black Colleges (HBCU), the images of the show “Different World” with its harsh professors, hard academics, fraternities and sororities comes into mind. Even though there are some truths to the stereotypes mentioned, it does not tell the entire story
Morehouse College is a Historically Black College located in the heart of Atlanta Georgia. The predominately African American male college was founded in 1867, just two years after the civil war. Today Morehouse College produces some of the world’s most prominent African American men. These men include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Lerone Bennett Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Shelton “Spike” Lee, Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew, Dr. Samuel T. Graves, Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays and Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit. Morehouse men are typically known for their outspoken mannerisms and global leadership. Additionally, Morehouse is known for fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for world cultures, artistic and creative expression. To encourage this ideal, Morehouse College has created such venues as Crown Forum and the college heavily promotes accesses to international travel.
“The mission of Morehouse College is to develop men with disciplined minds to lead lives of leadership and service by emphasizing the intellectual and character development of its students and by assuming a special responsibility for teaching the history and culture of black people.”
Through the benevolent actions of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Morehouse College established the Rugari Scholarship Program. The mission of the Rugari Scholarship trains and develops future leaders from the African Great Lakes region. As such, the scholarships provide funds for five students from the African Great Lakers Region, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. Getting into this program is not an easy feat. The applicant must have completed their secondary studies at the baccalaureate and “A levels” as well as be in the top 10% of their class. However, scholastic achievement is not the only qualifier.
Applicants must demonstrate an active role in their community and school. As a matter of fact, faculty members seek recommendations from educational institutions in the candidate region, staff visits to the region, and the recommendations of non-governmental organizations working in the region. The finalist is interviewed by members of the selection committee. During the first two years of their studies students will also undergo general education studies which will be followed by a more specialized training program. The area of concentration in the specialized program includes: political science, economics, sociology, and history. Additionally, the recipients are encouraged to pursue a minor in leadership studies by taking courses in the Foundations of Leadership and Theory of Leadership, Ethical Leadership and the African American Moral Tradition, Ethical Leadership- the Crisis of North-South Relations and Leadership and Civic Engagement.
• Citizen of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda
• Male students completing their Baccalaureate Secondary Studies
• Male students completing their “A” Levels
• Completed American SAT exam with a minimum score of 1670 OR
• Completed American ACT exam with a minimum score of 25
• TOFEL exam with a minimum score of 78
• Top 10% Class Ranking
Despite the academic rigor, the real education begins as the scholarship recipients interact with Morehouse student body. Morehouse College creates the medium in which ideas and knowledge can be exchanged. This transaction creates lifelong friendships and partnerships which could turn into cooperative business ventures. Upon graduation, the Rugari Scholarship recipients return home armed with new-found knowledge and skills to make changes in their parent country.