Fort Valley State University and the National College Resources Foundation Launch Partnership To Bring Top Students To Georgia Through $2 Million Searchlight Scholars Initiative

Posted on Apr 12, 2019

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Fort Valley, GA"” Fort Valley State University and the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) today announced a partnership designed to attract top students from around the country to Georgia as Fort Valley State University students. NCRF will serve as a platform to help make students aware of FVSU's Searchlight Scholars program, which will provide selected students who do not reside in Georgia with scholarship funding of up to $52,400 in increments of $13,100 per year, renewable for four years. In addition, scholars will also be provided with mentorship in concert with a research experience. Minimum qualifications for the award include a 3.0 grade point average, a 1,000 SAT score or 20 ACT score, and demonstrated leadership experience. The five-year initiative, valued at over $2 million, is part of FVSU's effort to bring the most talented students to FVSU to enhance the students' scholarship, research, and professional development abilities, with the hope that they will remain in Georgia to contribute to state through excellence in their fields. Students can apply at

"Fort Valley State University has the unique ability to both challenge and nurture talented students by pushing them past their preconceived boundaries," said President Jones. "The Searchlight Scholars Program will help students from across the country understand that there are no borders to their potential, literally and figuratively."

The Searchlight Scholars Program's name reflects its purpose"” to discover and shine a light on promising students who might otherwise be overlooked. It also hearkens to the FVSU's historic moniker as "the light in the valley," a reference to its role in making the illuminating light of knowledge accessible to everyone, regardless of race or economic circumstance.

"National College Resources Foundation is on a mission to close the gap in achievement, workforce, and economic disparities," said Dr. Price. "This partnership with Fort Valley State University is so exciting because it gives students more resources to become leaders. The Searchlight Scholars Program will help us continue to be a light in the road for students of color who have the grades and talent to attend college, but are short on resources. The NCRF/FVSU partnership will also enhance retention and matriculation for students of color, while creating a great diverse pool of STEAM talent."

NCRF helps students of color and those from low income communities overcome barriers to entering college. NCRF's approach is to provide specialized attention which meets the unique needs of each student involved in its programs, and work with them to develop a map to meet their individual goals. In particular, FSVU's Searchlight Scholars Program will connect students from NCRF's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Agriculture + Aviation + Aerospace, and Mathematics (STEAM) program with opportunities to enter related majors in the hard sciences at FVSU.

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About Fort Valley State University

Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University is one of the nation's most innovative academic institutions, leveraging its unique role as a state and land-grant institution to make educational opportunity available for everyone. The university's undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. As part of its commitment to excellence, the university has produced more African-Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past three years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies, and study abroad programs. FVSU is Georgia's only 1890 land-grant institution, is part of the University System of Georgia, and is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II. Learn more by visiting

About National College Resources Foundation

NCR Foundation is a 501c3 organization with the mission to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among underserved and underrepresented students. National College Resources Foundation and its programs Black College Expo, Latino College Expo & Students Think STEAM Expo has helped over 500,000 students get into college, has given away close to 1 million in scholarships, and help secure over 500 million in scholarships and grants. National College Resources Foundation offers FREE services daily to students and their families, which includes intervention, mentoring, college and career planning, tutoring, student athlete assistance, and internship & careers placement. Learn more by visiting

Main image caption: NCRF CEO Theresa Price (left) and FVSU President Paul Jones (right) sign Searchlight Scholars Memorandum of Understanding documents.

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