For Immediate Release

Marshall, TX, March 7, 2022–President Herman J. Felton, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., launched the Wiley 1873 Campaign to provide eighteen hundred and seventy-three (1873) scholarships to new incoming students who join Wiley College during fall 2022, spring 2022, or fall 2023 semesters in anticipation of Wiley’s upcoming sesquicentennial (2023). 

Wiley College is committed to creating opportunities for persons to access higher education. As the first Historically Black College west of the Mississippi, Wiley College has a long tradition of providing higher education access to excluded and marginalized persons because of their racial background and freedom status. 

“Today, we are deliberate in honoring this heritage by setting out to award eighteen hundred and seventy-three (1873) scholarships to new incoming Wiley College students. Wiley College is an academic space where anyone who wants to be a scholar, activist, musician, debater, or athlete can find a home. Wiley is an incredible learning community that has been the home to such prominent alums as Heman Sweatt, James Farmer, Jr., and Opal Lee. The Wiley 1873 Campaign invites anyone who can dream but may not have enough financial resources to consider joining us at Wiley College.” – President & CEO Herman J. Felton, Jr., J.D., Ph.D. 

Awarding 1873 scholarships within the next year is part of the College’s bold and audacious vision. Students are encouraged to apply by April 30, 2022, to receive priority for the scholarship for the fall 2022 semester. Scholarship awards will vary, but the campaign aims to ensure that the scholarship assists students in reducing their costs associated with attending Wiley College. 

“I hope high school students take advantage of this opportunity. College can be expensive, but our President always finds ways to support us. Last year, the campus struggled with managing COVID-19, and he invited us to take a week off and enjoy a Sacred Pause. Now he is leading the way in creating more access to Wiley for more students. I am proud to be part of the Wiley College family.” – Alicia King, Sophomore and Heman Sweatt Scholar.

To learn more about the Wiley 1873 Campaign, contact Dr. Tashia Bradley at