Strada collaborates with students, policymakers, educators, and employers across the U.S. to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.
We prioritize policies, practices, and programs that help ensure postsecondary education provides equitable pathways to opportunity.
We advance our mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, and strategic initiatives.
Strada Scholars are changemakers who aim to make significant contributions on campus, within the community, and in their future careers.
The Strada HBCU Initiative’s first offering, Strada Scholars, launched in the 2021-22 academic year, when partner institutions selected up to three students from the first-year class to participate in the leadership development experience.
Chancellors and presidents at HBCUs participating in the Strada HBCU Initiative select Strada Scholars from the pool of students currently participating in existing honors-based campus programs. Instead of creating new programs to implement Strada Scholars on campus, Strada works to incorporate its work into the existing institutional structure, amplifying the work an HBCU already is doing.
Strada Scholars are part of a nationwide cohort of select students who receive:
A renewable annual scholarship and yearly stipends to offset the cost of participating in internship opportunities.
Participation in nationwide cohort and convenings to provide social capital, mentoring, and peer and professional networks.
Work-based learning experiences and workshops to develop skills, explore careers, and build networks and mentor relationships.
Exposure and connections to various graduate school and career options to increase postgraduate success.
Partnering with HBCUs helps more students achieve better outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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Two centuries after the first historically Black colleges and universities were founded, the 101 accredited HBCUs in operation today continue to deliver on their legacy of expanding educational opportunity for Black students that leads to successful and fulfilling lives.
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