Jacksonville, FL – April 9, 2018 – Edward Waters College proudly announces another FIRST, as part of its EWC is 1ST campaign!  EWC will be the first HBCU in Florida to offer a College Promise Program.  EWC is the first four-year institution in the nation who will accept newly graduated local high school students into its College Promise Program as an accessible and affordable pathway to a Bachelor’s degree.  The EWC Promise Program builds broad public support in creating a college-going culture while increasing student persistence and retention across North Florida. The College welcomes your attendance to join President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, Senator Audrey Gibson, Representative Tracie Davis and other community and elected officials at the press conference and launch celebration on 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018 inside the Student Union Building, 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209.  

As an educator of Jacksonville, Florida since 1866, Edward Waters College commits to the elimination of student debt, and socio-economic barriers.  The EWC Promise Program will serve as a state and national Promise model for student success.

Dr. Nathaniel Glover, the President of Edward Waters College, is very excited about launching the Edward Waters College Promise Program, and insists, “As Edward Waters College begins its new ‘EWC is 1st’ campaign, we are proud to be the first HBCU in Florida, and the first private school in Florida located on the first coast. The EWC Promise Program achieves another first milestone to the four-year Promise degree. I am also grateful to Jennifer Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College, Senator Audrey Gibson, State Representative Tracie Davis, and members of the Duval Delegation who were instrumental in helping us create this wonderful initiative to lead Florida’s participation in national College Promise Programs. We are proud to place our students first and on the rise!”


Member Institution Equal Opportunity Institution Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.


T.E. Ashley, MBA

Marketing and Communications Manager | Office of Institutional Advancement 

Edward Waters College

1658 Kings Road

Jacksonville, FL 32209

Office: 904.470.8050 | Mobile: 904.240.6251 / 229.291.1795

EWC IS FIRST: 1st HBCU| 1st Private School| On 1st Coast of Florida


The Schell Sweet Center is hosting a 15 month Diabetes Prevention program.  This program is available to any Faculty or Staff member that has been informed by a physician that they are pre-diabetic or has a family history of diabetes.  The deadline to register is May 1, 2018.

For more information- please contact:


Mary Edwards

EWC/Schell Sweet CRC

Senior Wellness Coordinator



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Edward Waters Faculty and Students appear in PBS documentary The SECRETS OF SPANISH FLORIDA-SECRETS OF THE DEAD SPECIAL.

Edward Waters Faculty and Students appear in PBS documentary The SECRETS OF SPANISH FLORIDA-SECRETS OF THE DEAD SPECIAL.

During the fall of 2016, Edward Wates College Teacher Education Faculty Professor, Mrs. Winifred Henry gave an all call announcement for faculty and students to engage in a historical documentary highlighting the treatment of slaves during the Spanish occupation of Florida. Many responded for the experience of making history real for future generations.

Secrets of Spanish Florida – A Secret of the Dead Special uncovers one story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks and follows some of America’s leading archaeologists, maritime scientists, and historians as they share the story of Florida’s earliest settlers. It’s a story that has taken more than 450 years to reveal.

On December 26, 2016, the fruit of their labor was shown on the Public Broadcasting Station, WJXT channel 7. The documentary is narrated by Actor Jimmy Smits .Producer/Writer is Robbie Gordon. Associate Producers are Josh Wallace, Jenny Mottier, and Jaime Greco. Director of Reenactments is Tony Haines. Director of Photography is Joe Karably. Senior Editors/Sound Design are Tony Haines and Ed Delgado. For Secrets of the Dead: Director of Programming Operations is Jane Buckwalter. Executive-in-Charge in Stephen Segaller. Executive Producer is Stephanie Carter.

The documentary explains in details that the first permanent European settlement in the United States was founded in 1565–two generations before the settlements in Jamestown and Plymouth–not by English Protestants, but by the Spanish and a melting pot of people they brought with them from Africa, Italy, Germany, Ireland and even converted Jews, who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes.

America’s original European forefathers were a melting pot of races that more closely resembled today’s population than was previously understood. The discovery of 1,000 pages of manuscripts written by members of the Timucuan tribe in the late 16th century indicates that these people, who lived in Georgia and Florida, had achieved a level of literacy among indigenous peoples that has not been recognized before. Nearly 125 years before the Emancipation Proclamation—in 1738—a colony of 100 former slaves had already been given their freedom and their own land in Spanish La Florida.

The Edward Waters Faculty and students portrayed in the film will present on stage their feelings about the slaves portrayed in the film. The Public is invited to a free showing of the film on February 26, 2018 in the Milne Auditorium from 1-4p.m.

Minority students engaged in STEM First Lego League Robotics Championship

Josetta Arnold, STEM Coordinator, President Nathaniel Glover, Robert Copeland, Executive Director STEM2HUB

February 3, 2018 was busy for President Glover, EWC students and the Teacher Education Department STEAM Coordinator as they participated in the FIRST LEGO League Northeast Florida Regional Championship. The championship was held in the Prime Osborn Convention Center with over 1500 participants. Robotics teams from throughout the state attended.  Three division of Robotics participated. Starting with the little children participating in the FIRST LEGO League Jr (K-3 kids) Middle school students (FLL), Senior high school students competed in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship teams using 18” robots. Teams competed for bids to the State Championship (right here in Jacksonville in April), and then to LEGOLAND California International Open in Carlsbad, California.

Efforts by many supporters produced winning teams in underrepresented such as females and Africa Americans. The only local minority winning team hails from the BEST Academy of The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. STEM research reveals that women interest and participation is increasing as witnessed by the number of all girl robotics teams in the Regional Competition. However, participation by Black students continues

STAR WARS bring smiles to Edward Waters College President Glover

to fall below National guidelines. Churches are encouraged to form teams or support teams within our community.  For example, S.P. Livingston Elementary School through Principal Robert Gresham Sr. conducts a quarterly Stem Night for parents of his VPK through 2 grade students.  Mr. Gresham also hosted elementary schools teachers from R.V. Daniels (Ms. Lashawn Caldwell,

Josetta Arnold, STEM Coordinator, President Nathaniel Glover, Robert Copeland, Executive Director STEM2HUB

Principal) and Rufus Payne (Mrs. Weisha Killette, Principal) to participate in a CODE.org workshop as a precursor to building Robotics after school teams. Edward Waters College‘s Department of Teacher Education continues to prepare future teaches in STEM as a means of educating our community to move forward in STEM skill careers.