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Darrell W
(DMV Area)
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the project

We all know the impact that A Different World had on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ enrollment rates & excitement from black high school students. There were so many elements in that show that was extremely relatable to the African American Community and many HBCU experiences that were directly exposed high school students considering higher education.

There are so many high school students back in my local community, and around the world, that have no idea of these experiences & or empowering, unified culture. Many may hear about it from recruiters or staff, but rarely get a taste or preview of that experience themselves, even during college tours. With that, and knowing how much talent lives in our youth, we decided to bring that HBCU experience directly to high school students.

This pageant is an opportunity to influence and excite youth in our communities through the arts. We partner with current & previous HBCU campus Queens, HBCU Alumni Associations, and local educators to establish a supportive community that ensures a successful pageant program is produced.

We are the first and only team to produce a pageant exclusively girls of color committed to attending HBCUs. We encourage community support as it reflects not only the culture at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, but also the values we encourage on our contestants.

The Miss HBCU Teen Scholarship Pageant aims to benefit the community full-circle; starting with students, connected with alumni associations, partnered with supportive businesses, and led to our prestigious HBCUs.

the steps

  • Hosting enriching workshops and trainings that develop students’ skills like communication & public speaking, leadership, networking, financial literacy, branding, and civic engagement.
  • Equipping contestants with resources that support their transition into college. This includes backpack & school supplies, carepackages, learning platforms, and subscriptions to scholarship platforms.
  • Ensuring effective additions to the students' professional network. This network includes the HBCU community & alumni associations, career professionals in their desired field, life mentors, other Black beauty queens, and youth in the community that they inspire.

why we're doing it

There is so much power & influence that the arts has on people's thoughts, feelings & actions. We are extremely passionate about higher learning at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and believe that empowering youth in underserved communities will not only equip them with the skills & resources needed to be successful upon arrival, but also inspire other youth to pursue the same level of excellence and confidence. HBCU pageants are one-of-a-kind experiences that many have never encountered, but could benefit from.


  • Scholarships
  • Workshops & Trainings
  • Stage Production
  • Vlog Production/Virtual Platform
  • Performance Venue
  • Rehearsal Venue
  • Awards/Plaques
  • Marketing
  • Operation/Administration Fees

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $2,176
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,305
TOTAL TO RAISE = $43,516

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.



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