In 1964, Northeastern University
was granted $150,000 by the Ford Foundation's Fund for the Advancement
of Education to establish a program to provide scholarships to African
American youths who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain
a college education. The program's goal was to increase business and
professional career opportunities for African American youth.
The program specified the
enrollment of 25 African American students from the Boston area in each
of the next three years. Northeastern President Asa S. Knowles stated,
"We are convinced that the Co-operative Plan of Education, with its
alternating periods of study and on-the-job training, offers a particularly
meaningful solution to the problems faced by young Negroes as well as
by employers seeking to hire Negroes" (The Northeastern University
Alumnus, vol. 27, No. 1 (Winter 1964), p. 2.).