HBCU Walking Billboard is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes awareness of, attendance to, and graduation from Historically Black Colleges & Universities. What started as a simple t-shirt campaign to accompany an 8th grade English project, has grown into college preparation workshops, career readiness training, ongoing student support, and a national social media campaign!

ANYONE can be an  #HBCUWalkingBillboard:

1. Prospects: Current elementary, middle, and high school students who will one day consider an HBCU

2. Rookies: College students currently attending an HBCU

3. Alum: Proud graduates of any HBCU

4. Allies: Supporters who did not attend an HBCU, but recognize their inherent value.

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HBCU Prospects 2021

Kansas City Public Schools and HBCU Walking Billboard are proud to announce the launch of HBCU Prospects! The HBCU Prospects program is a three-year college and career readiness cohort that will expose high school students to HBCUs while preparing them for the college application process. Students must apply to participate during the second semester of their Freshman year. Upon selection, HBCU Prospects will participate in monthly programming that provides test preparation, college application assistance, college tours, community service, scholarship assistance, and project based learning.


  • Be current Freshman 2020-2021

  • Be enrolled at a KCPS high school

  • Have at least 7 credit hours to classify as a Sophomore 2021-2022

  • Complete the HBCU Prospects Application prior to the deadline

  • Commit to 3 years of exploration and discover with HBCU Walking Billboard staff and volunteers

Deadline friday, may 14th at 5:00 PM cst

Sponsors, Donors, & Partners

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Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust

US Bank N.A., Trustee

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