National College Resources Foundation and Black College Expo Founder receives an honorary doctorate
DIAMOND BAR, CA – Virginia University of Lynchburg has bestowed Dr. Theresa Randle-Price, with an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters during their 126th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Dr. Randle-Price’s foundation has worked with many collegiate partners, including historical black colleges and universities to provide educational opportunities for minority students. “Our efforts are to ignite a fire inside young people, especially underserved and underrepresented, which empowers them to want to be successful,” Dr. Randle-Price expressed.
During her commencement address, the founder of the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) and Black College Expo spoke about growing up in Compton, California, attending college at California State University, Long Beach, and not knowing anything at all about black colleges, and that was the spark that echoed in her heart to start a Black College Expo™. “When I found out that black colleges existed, when I was already in college, I vowed not to let another student regardless of color not know about the rich history of black colleges,”, said Price. Dr. Price talked about how she decided to pursue entrepreneurship within the entertainment sector, without knowing anything about business at all and how tough it gets to stay in business. “We see the outside, the finished product, that looks so pretty, but we don’t know what all went into that drawing to make that picture perfect,” said Dr. Randle-Price, who is also the owner of her own marketing firm, Jabez 3 Enterprises, Inc.
The National College Resources Foundation’s overall mission is to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase degree enrollment. This mission is being achieved in various ways through programs such as “The Movement,” an enrichment program providing intervention, mentorship, tutoring and guidance to help students towards post-secondary pursuits. Prices’ foundation has impacted the lives of more than 400,000 students, who have earned Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. In addition, over $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded through NCRF’s Black College Expo events held in Oakland, Houston, Atlanta, DC/Maryland and New York. And her organization has secured more than 70 million dollars in educational funding for students to attend college.
Since 1999, Dr. Randle-Price has made it her personal mission to change the education perception and outlook for the underserved and underrepresented youth of her community and beyond. She has received numerous awards and commendations across the country for her work in the community and for her commitment to youth and their education. “Nobody can take your education from you. That’s why the gift of education is a gift for eternity,” Dr. Randle- Price said.
She was introduced by the university’s new president, who was previously the provost and executive vice-president. On commencement day, Virginia University of Lynchburg awarded 75 diplomas ranging from associate to doctoral degrees.