Press Releases

Student Freedom Initiative, the Orangeburg, South Carolina Department of Public Utilities and Connect Humanity Partner to Bring Affordable Fiber Optic Internet Services to the Region 12.1.2022

Student Freedom Initiative, the Orangeburg, South Carolina Department of Public Utilities and Connect Humanity Partner to Bring Affordable Fiber Optic Internet Services to the Region

The Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities will begin the implementation of the city’s strategic Digital Access Infrastructure Plan to create an open-access network for the community’s residents Orangeburg, SC – December 1, 2022 – Today,...

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Student Freedom Initiative Announces $1.1 Million Grant from the Capital One Foundation to Expand HELPS (Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students) Program 11.30.2022

Student Freedom Initiative Announces $1.1 Million Grant from the Capital One Foundation to Expand HELPS (Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students) Program

Expansion will provide students at ten additional Student Freedom Initiative institutions the ability to apply for emergency funding that will allow them to continue pursuing their degrees. WASHINGTON, DC – November 30, 2022 – Today, Student Freedom...

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Student Freedom Initiative, Stackwell, and Prudential Financial Launch First Ever Student Investment Program to Increase Investor Confidence and Financial Wellness of Current HBCU and MSI Students 11.16.2022

Student Freedom Initiative, Stackwell, and Prudential Financial Launch First Ever Student Investment Program to Increase Investor Confidence and Financial Wellness of Current HBCU and MSI Students

Prudential Financial to grant $500,000 to seed the Stackwell investment accounts of up to 500 students within the Student Freedom Initiative Network Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2022) – Today, Student Freedom Initiative (SFI), Stackwell,...

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Student Freedom Initiative Expands Partnership with Cisco to Bolster Cybersecurity Infrastructure for HBCUs 10.21.2022

Student Freedom Initiative Expands Partnership with Cisco to Bolster Cybersecurity Infrastructure for HBCUs

The partnership will expand its reach through partnerships with three prominent Certified Minority Business Enterprises—Procellis Technology, Sology Solutions, IPC Consulting—to reach more HBCUs October 20, 2022 Today, Student Freedom Initiative and Cisco announced...

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Student Freedom Initiative Expands to 34 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Across 18 States; and Aims to Support Hispanic and Asian American Students 8.23.2022

Student Freedom Initiative Expands to 34 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Across 18 States; and Aims to Support Hispanic and Asian American Students

Program continues to build on its collaborative, holistic approach to increase students’ economic and social mobility and expands to Hispanic and Asian American students WASHINGTON, DC – August 23, 2022 – Today, Student Freedom Initiative announced the...

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Lawrence Bancroft Joins Student Freedom Initiative® Board In The Furtherance of Common Vision 8.10.2022

Lawrence Bancroft Joins Student Freedom Initiative® Board In The Furtherance of Common Vision

Board expanded with Billion Dollar Manager with 23 years of experience August 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Student Freedom Initiative unanimously selected Lawrence Bancroft as a member of the...

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Saint Augustine’s University Partners with Student Freedom Initiative to Receive $1.6 Million in Software and Services 7.27.2022

Saint Augustine’s University Partners with Student Freedom Initiative to Receive $1.6 Million in Software and Services

July 27, 2022 Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) has signed Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) Cybersecurity memorandum of understanding to participate in Student Freedom Initiative’s HBCU Capacity Building Effort. Student Freedom Initiative, along with its...

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Black Billionaire Philanthropist Launches Internship Platform For HBCU Students 7.25.2022

Black Billionaire Philanthropist Launches Internship Platform For HBCU Students

Monday, July 25, 2022 Nationwide — Internships have proven to be a game-changer, helping college students, better determine their career path and providing a chance to gain invaluable hands-on experience in their field of interest. In...

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Base10 Partners Joins Forces with Robert F. Smith's Student Freedom Initiative to Grow the Endowments of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 6.14.2022

Base10 Partners Joins Forces with Robert F. Smith's Student Freedom Initiative to Grow the Endowments of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

June 14, 2022 SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Base10 Partners, the world's largest Black-led venture capital fund, announced today that it has entered into a formal partnership with Student Freedom Initiative...

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Student Freedom Initiative Announces $1.8 Million Grant from Prudential Financial to Launch the Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students (HELPS) Program 11.18.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Announces $1.8 Million Grant from Prudential Financial to Launch the Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students (HELPS) Program

Nov. 18, 2021 WASHINGTON, November 18, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As resources are directed towards Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across America, there remains an ongoing crisis among HBCU students of failing to matriculate due...

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Student Freedom Initiative Expands to 29 HBCUs and Partners with The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation 11.4.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Expands to 29 HBCUs and Partners with The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation

Nov. 4, 2021 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Student Freedom Initiative announced the next round of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that will participate in its program. The selected institutions include: Alabama A&M...

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Student Freedom Initiative Announces $10 Million Gift from Members of Jane Street 9.23.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Announces $10 Million Gift from Members of Jane Street

Sept. 23, 2021 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Student Freedom Initiative today announced a $10 million gift from members of Jane Street. The gift will support Student Freedom Initiative’s Income Contingent Agreements (ICAs), an alternative...

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Student Freedom Initiative Launches Inaugural Program at HBCUs Across U.S. 9.7.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Launches Inaugural Program at HBCUs Across U.S.

Sept. 7, 2021 WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Student Freedom Initiative (SFI), an organization that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors income-contingent funding in lieu of traditional college loans that have...

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Student Freedom Initiative Inaugurates Launch at HBCU Campuses Across U.S. 8.30.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Inaugurates Launch at HBCU Campuses Across U.S.

Aug. 30, 2021 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Student Freedom Initiative today announced their official launch for the Fall 2021 semester across campuses of the initiative’s initial cohort of nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities...

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Student Freedom Initiative announces $150 million partnership 5.21.2021

Student Freedom Initiative announces $150 million partnership

May 21, 2021 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) today announced a strategic partnership with Cisco and AVC Technologies, with Cisco committing $100 million in networking, security and collaboration technologies to further SFI’...

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Student Freedom Initiative Names Mark A. Brown Executive Director 3.11.2021

Student Freedom Initiative Names Mark A. Brown Executive Director

March 11, 2021 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) today announced the selection of Mark A. Brown to serve as Executive Director. Having served as the Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid...

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The Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity Awards Over $14 Million in First Round of Grants 2.1.2021

The Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity Awards Over $14 Million in First Round of Grants

Feb. 1, 2021 BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 1, 2021 — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged to contribute $100 million over five years through a Center for Racial Equity to help address racial disparities in the U....

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Student Freedom Initiative Announces Participating HBCUs For Fall 2021 Academic Year 11.23.2020

Student Freedom Initiative Announces Participating HBCUs For Fall 2021 Academic Year

Nov. 23, 2020 Student Freedom Initiative Announces Participating HBCUs For Fall 2021 Academic Year Program will provide an alternative to high-cost college loans and empower students for success November 23, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern...

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Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs 10.22.2020

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

Oct. 22, 2020 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Student Freedom Initiative announced today a $50 million personal gift from Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. This gift matches the...

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Announcing a design and analytics partnership for a higher education fund at HBCUs 6.23.2020

Announcing a design and analytics partnership for a higher education fund at HBCUs

June 23, 2020 Announcing a design and analytics partnership for a higher education fund at HBCUs The Jain Family Institute (JFI) is partnering with the Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) to design analytics for SFI’s...

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