Honoring Frederick S. Humphries, Ph.D.

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Life-Gets-Better Scholarship

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The Life-Gets-Better Scholarship was conceived and designed by former President Frederick S. Humphries, Ph.D., in 1986 “to capture and recruit the best and brightest African American students in partnership with corporate America.” These students were designated as National Achievement, Merit Finalists and Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In response to “A Nation at Risk,” he conceived the Life-Gets-Better Program (LGB), a unique industry-sponsored, full scholarship program for these students at Florida A&M University majoring in Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences and Pre-Law.

In recent years, the Board of Governors modified the Performance-Based Funding Model for all State University System (SUS) institutions, by replacing the six-year graduation rate metric with a four-year graduation rate metric. FAMU’s most recent four-year graduation rate is 22.5 percent. The goal is to increase the four-year graduation rate to 40 percent by 2022. FAMU leads the SUS in providing access and opportunity. For example, two-thirds of FAMU students receive Pell Grants and one-third are first-generation college students. Consequently, a large portion of the student body come to FAMU with significant financial need. In response to these changes FAMU is re-launching the Life- Gets-Better Scholarship Fund with a goal of $6M annual recurring dollars to provide scholarships to recruit and retain the best and brightest students.

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