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Joins Forces with The Common Black College Application and the Prosperity Foundation

NEW HAVEN, CT (December 18, 2023) - Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. is proud to announce its official partnership with the Common Black College Application (CBCA), a prestigious platform exclusive to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

In conjunction with their partnership with CBCA, Higher Heights has also been named a Prosperity Foundation grant awardee to support our college access program work in the Hartford Area. The Prosperity Foundation solely focuses on improving the lives of Connecticut’s African-American communities by investing in organizations that address health, education, and economic disparities.

The Prosperity Foundation is designed as a permanent endowment vehicle that provides opportunities to Connecticut’s Black communities to access capital to meet their unique needs.  Through coordinated, focused efforts, TPF believes that philanthropy funded and managed by Black people is a viable and sustainable means of addressing critical social and economic gaps in Black communities.

The Common Black College Application is renowned for its role in facilitating college admissions and providing access to an astounding $1 billion in scholarships annually among its member institutions. Along with scholarships, The CBCA streamlines the application process for more than 50 HBCUs with a one-time fee of $20, offering students an efficient way to access a wealth of educational opportunities. With the recent surge in interest in HBCUs, these partnerships come at a pivotal moment. 

As reported by US News Today, Morgan State University in Maryland saw an 18% increase in enrollment between fall 2018 and fall 2022, reaching an all-time high of over 9,100 students. Experts anticipate a further rise in applications due to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against race-conscious admissions in June 2023.

Robert Mason, who has a longstanding relationship with Higher Heights since his keynote speech at the Annual Young Legends Ball in 2015, commented, "With the political climate leading students 'back to HBCUs,' this Supreme Court decision creates a situation where even more students will complete the CBCA this year. We're looking for this to be a pivotal year."

This groundbreaking collaboration with both organizations expands Higher Heights' mission to empower, encourage, and equip under-represented college-bound students in the State of Connecticut.

Higher Heights has a remarkable track record, having supported over 10,000 students and families in securing over $800 million in scholarships and grants. Founder, Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire, added "This is a major win for students in Connecticut, and I am excited to partner with Mr. Mason to ensure that more students can achieve Higher Heights."

For more information, contact Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire ( High School seniors can connect with us for support:


Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. is dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and equipping under-represented college-bound students to obtain post-secondary education. Their comprehensive outreach, initiatives, and partnerships with schools, groups, and businesses aim to provide equitable access to college preparatory resources and services. For more information visit

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