My Hinds My HBCU

Hinds Community College Utica Campus has been selected by The Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month. The “School of the Month” program is the signature program of the Tom Joyner Foundation, which supports Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through fundraising efforts, scholarships and endowments. Hinds CC Utica is the first two-year HBCU to be selected for the honor, which is traditionally reserved for four-year institutions. Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television host will also serve as the Utica campus’ 2018 Commencement speaker.

This fund development campaign launched March 1 and will continue through December 31. One-hundred percent of donations received during the campaign will be used for student scholarships at Hinds CC Utica. Since 1998, The Tom Joyner Foundation has provided support to HBCUs to help sustain and preserve their legacies through fundraising and donor development initiatives. Over $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending selected colleges and universities.

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 A Brief History of the Utica Campus

HBCUs were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. There are currently 101 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions.

The Utica Campus, dating back 115 years was founded in 1903 as the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women, later becoming Utica Junior College. In 1982, the college merged with Hinds Community College district, but retained its HBCU designation and traditions.