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Norfolk State to Lead $25 Million HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium

Northfolk State University was founded in 1935 in Norfolk, VA.

Jamall | UCAN Alumni

Jamall photoI desperately wanted to attend college, but I knew my high school records and former perspectives in life created an unfortunate circumstance. At that time, I had full time employment but saw myself trapped inside the world of being over worked and underpaid; I wanted a change. I wanted my life to encounter and create new possibilities not usually afforded to my family and friends; however, I did not know how to go about finding those opportunities that would open the doors necessary for the change that I desired. That was until I met Dr. Rowe.

I met Dr. Rowe in 2006 and told him that I was willing to attend whatever school he believed would be good for me. As a result of that conversation, I moved to Jackson, MS to attend and graduate from Tougaloo College with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities. It was a complex and rich experience for me and one for which I am grateful. I attended the Divinity School at Yale University after graduation where I received my Masters of Divinity and then Union Theological Seminary in NYC where I earned a Masters of Sacred Theology. Currently, I am studying at Union Theological Seminary where I am earning a PhD in Philosophical Theology while also involved in the African American studies (IRAAS) dept. at Columbia University.

I am more than grateful for my experience with UCAN and if there is any advice I can give to the future and current students, it would be to remain faithful and committed to the dreams and goals you have. Let nothing slow you down other than better planning; let no one get in your way unless they’re trying to get you back on track; forgive yourself for mistakes and encourage yourself when you need it. You can be your worst enemy and your best supporter. As much as possible, always lean towards being your best supporter.

UCAN Kicks Off New School Year


Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Admit Students On The Spot

CALIFORNIA—Thousands of students from Sacramento, the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire will gather at churches, schools, and community centers, to explore the possibilities of attending college at one of the United College Action Network’s (U-CAN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) partners during the upcoming college fair!

High school students will meet with recruiters and admissions counselors from over 40  HBCUs  during U-CAN’s 17th annual “Historically Black” college recruitment fair tour in eleven California cities and Las Vegas, NV from September 11th through September 24,  2016.

HBCU admissions and recruitment officers, representing hundreds of majors and professional degrees, will be available to answer questions, take applications, review transcripts, provide financial aid information, waive application fees and admit and offer scholarships to qualified students on the spot.

U-CAN’s college fairs are free and open to all students and will include Spanish language recruiters.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their students.

“We pride ourselves on working with students who may not have the highest GPA but who desires to  go to a four-year college or university and is willing to do the work to get it done,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, president of U-CAN. “Our goal is to get as many youths as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, background, or economic status, to the fair and into college.”

Founded in Sacramento, California in 1988, U-CAN is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to inspire, prepare, and support students, especially economically and culturally disadvantaged and at-risk youth, in gaining admission to and graduating from four-year colleges and universities.  U-CAN has assisted more than 75,000 students through its high school programs that prepare students for academic and career success after high school.  More than half of U-CAN scholars who go to college choose to attend an HBCU.  Since its inception, more than 20,000 U-CAN scholars have been admitted to HBCUs, of which 16,000 received $70 million ($70,000,000) in scholarship from U-CAN’s HBCU partners.

UCAN focuses on HBCU’s because their mission and values matches its own.  Rowe said HBCUs’ 14-1 to 25-1 student/faculty ratio provide a smaller more nurturing environments that “many of our students need to flourish during the four-year college experience.”

Moreover, HBCUs are more open to working with promising students with marginal grade point averages, and have proven and effective education strategies that ensure academic success and high graduation rates, Rowe said.

The financial bottom line is that “HBCUs are more affordable than many colleges in California’s state and university systems and provide the same quality of education and training,” Rowe said.  In addition to foreign study programs and internships, Rowe said many HBCUs have partnerships that allow their students to transfer to other top universities in the country.

Rowe, who founded U-CAN with his wife Donna Rowe, stresses opportunity in education for all students. He said, “We have expanded our college recruitment fair from Sacramento to throughout Northern California, including Fairfield, Antioch, Twin Rivers, Oakland, San Francisco, Vallejo, and Sacramento. Southern California will include Riverside, Fontana and Rialto, Moreno Valley, and San Bernardino. The fair will conclude in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Our goal is to include all ethnic and cultural groups shut out of mainstream academia who can benefit from the wonderful opportunities offered by HBCUs.”

Graduating seniors should bring several copies of their transcript, SAT/ACT scores (if taken), two letters of recommendation and a personal essay, if available, in order to qualify for on-the-spot admission. High School juniors and others are also encouraged to attend and should bring copies of their transcripts.

Students are encouraged to register online for the college fair they wish to attend at or .

For more information visit U-CAN’s website at  or contact U-CAN at 916-896-3000 and by email at

UCAN Student of the Month

U-CAN 2014 Recruiters 005U-CAN’s student of the month of October is Sierra Scott, a senior at Rio Linda High School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District.  In addition to being an active student, Sierra plays softball, is a member of the R.O.P. Small Business Club and Knights of Armor.  She also is the founder of the first U-CAN Club on a high school campus. She believes college-bound students should meet, share and plan their paths to high education. Her goal is to attend Tuskegee University in Alabama where she plans to study veterinary medicine.  Sierra is recognized as a “doer” by her peers and counselors.

10 Reasons To Attend in U-CAN’s 15th Annual HBCU College Recruitment Fair

10 Reasons To Attend U-CAN’s 15th Annual HBCU College Recruitment Fair

1. The largest HBCU event of this kind in Northern California
2. Admissions Counselors and recruiters from 30-40 HBCUs representing hundreds of degrees, professional concentrations, foreign study and internships.
3. You will be one of the 15,000 -20,000 students and parents at the fair
4. Engage alumni at all levels of support
5. Pre and Post high schools visit opportunities
6. Offer onsite acceptance to seniors
7. Free registration
8. Immediate scholarship and financial aid to qualifying students.
9. Gain access to entire student/parent pre-registration for admissions offices
10. Meet alumni, educators, and other parents


Jalen | UCAN Alumni

jalenMy family has known Dr. Rowe for over 7 years. My older brother is a UCAN alumni. UCAN has been a great support system for me. As a result, I am currently in my second year of college on a football scholarship at Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS.

My future plans consist of earning my degree and playing in the NFL. I also want to be a voice for my community and create a support system for students who desire to go to college.

My advice to students who desire to go to college is to never allow anyone make you believe college is not an option. Always look adversity in the eye and use it as an opportunity to turn your dreams into a reality.

Jordan Baker | UCAN Alumni

I learned about UCAN when I was a high school sophomore. Dr. Rowe would continuously come to my high school and educate students about HBCUs and how our college options were limitless. The next summer, I had an experience that would change my path in life. The college tour allowed me to see people who not only looked like me, but who also had similar ambitions and goals. From that moment, I knew I would attend an HBCU.

Today, I am ready to embark on my senior year of college as a Mass Communications major at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. I knew that Smith was the school for me once I stepped onto the campus. UCAN introduced me to my future Alma Matter.  When asked why I chose Smith, my first words are “Well, I went on this college tour…”

I would tell every high school student to think big for college.  Never settle for what is easy or what is already at your fingertips. It is okay to be afraid and skeptical about changes, but that’s life.  An HBCU experience is like no other college experience. The relationships and memories made at an HBCU create once in a lifetime experiences that will carry into your life well after graduation.