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BCF Student Scholarships & Programs

Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program

Lina H. McCord interns serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Black College Fund and its member colleges. For five to six weeks every summer, they travel to numerous churches within a single U.S. jurisdiction to promote the BCF and explain its impact to the United Methodist congregations that support it.

The internship was created in the longstanding tradition of itineracy, or the practice of traveling from place to place. Lina H. McCord, the former executive director of the Black College Fund, founded the internship program in 1981, and it was named for her when she retired. The program has grown from one participant in 1981 to about 25 interns per year today.

Participating students must be enrolled at or recently graduated from one of the 11 participating BCF schools and must receive a formal recommendation from their college presidents. Full application information is available here.

Project Athletic Ambassador

Project Athletic Ambassador (PAA) is a Black College Fund initiative that uses the excitement of college athletics to help build new connections between BCF students and administration and the local churches that support them.

Student athletes, often together with college administrators, are paired with local churches and participate in activities such as:

  • Ambassador meet-and-greet receptions
  • Distributing road trip “goody bags”
  • Leading “Take a Look at Us” presentations
  • Local Church/Alumni Nights at the Game
  • College fairs
  • Youth sports clinics
  • Team worship services

The goal of these activities is to show congregants the importance of the Black College Fund and how it helps students in their own communities. In addition to encouraging continued BCF support, ambassadors also serve as role models for prospective students in local congregations and demonstrate all the opportunities available to them at a BCF school.

For more information about participation in the ambassador program, please email

Hispanic Pipeline Scholarship

The Black College Fund’s “All Are Welcome: Hispanic Pipeline” Scholarship provides Hispanic and Latino students greater access to higher education and an opportunity to connect with other students of color. Recipients are awarded scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and receive on-campus support as they learn to navigate the college environment.

The scholarship began as part of the fall 2016 initiative created by GBHEM’s Division of Higher Education to encourage more Hispanic and Latino students to attend the 11 United Methodist related historically black colleges and universities. A total of 22 scholarships were granted in 2016, and five schools participated in the first year: Claflin University, Huston-Tillotson University, Rust College, Philander Smith College, Rust College and Wiley College. 

Interested students should email for more information.

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