In order to help minority students gain an opportunity to earn higher education, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as LeMoyne-Owen College host events that raise funds for financial aid. The school has an annual concert, called From the Heart to the Soul, the proceeds of which benefit tuition assistance programs at the school, The Commercial Appeal reports.
At the event, a variety of groups entertain the crowd on an outdoor stage in front of historic Brownlee Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Performers have included the Independent Presbyterian choir, the Hutchison Upper School choir Vocal Point, soloist Miranda Anderson, Stax Music Academy students, the LeMoyne-Owen College concert choir and gospel choir, Hatiloo Theater performers and Watoto De Afrika dancers. The orchestra usually plays famous songs from Johann Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, Leroy Anderson, Manuel De Falla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and John Phillip Sousa.
In the past, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has presented the college with $5,000 for scholarships. Comcast has also donated funds totaling more than $10,000.
Financial aid can be very beneficial for students from underrepresented demographic groups, as the U.S. Department of Labor projects that in the coming decade, 90 percent of new high-growth, high-wage jobs will require some postsecondary education.
Sallie Mae - a provider of student loans - reports that more than $168 billion in financial aid is available during the academic year.
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