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School of Graduate Studies and Research
515 Orr Drive
Room 469 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307


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April 20th, 2016
by Asia Johnson

When one looks up the definition of mentor, the name Willie Williams should surely be associated.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Graduate Student Association President Willie Williams, says he aims to transform young men all over the country through mentorship and has been recognized as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. The distinguished fellowship honors inspiring college student leaders who develop solutions to the challenges facing communities. Williams was nominated by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., who found William’s work in Leon County beyond inspiring.

“The work that Willie has contributed has already made an enormous impact in our community and is truly indicative of the high caliber of students we have at FAMU. I am excited about the great things on the horizon that he will surely accomplish in the future,” Mangum said.

Williams has been a shining light for young men across the Big Bend area and currently serves as national director of program operations for Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., or DYG. He said he hopes to make a difference in as many lives as possible.

“If I can go all over the world from Jacksonville to Jamaica and see the same group of people are having issues, that’s a problem. How can people sleep with a problem like this?” Williams asked. “We have to do something to impact these kids,” he said.

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Academic Common Market Scholars

Florida A&M University (FAMU) is a participating institution in the Academic Common Market (ACM) program with other southern universities sharing unique academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate level. However, FAMU only participates at the graduate level.

The Academic Common Market offers students the opportunity to enter degree programs that are not available in their home state, while still being eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Students taking part in this program must be admitted by a participating university (notifying that university of their planned attendance as an ACM Scholar), and will need to obtain a letter of certification from their respective ACM state coordinator.

The first step is to contact your respective state coordinator for information on how to apply for the Academic Common Market. Contact information for state coordinators can be found on the following website: http://home.sreb.org/acm/states.aspx.

After making contact with your state coordinator, if you are eligible for the ACM, you can apply to FAMU online through the website at https://www.applyweb.com/famug/  When filling out the Florida Residency Classification section, select the option that states "I am a Florida Resident for tuition purposes" and fill out the entire section. Before saving the page, you will need to add an explanation for your Florida residency. Please select the letter "N," which states "I am a Southern Regional Education Board's Academic Common Market graduate student."

Upon submission of your application, and your program's required admissions criteria, you will receive a decision from the program in which you have applied. If accepted, you can present that information to your state coordinator, who will then be able to provide FAMU with a certification letter. With that letter, FAMU will then be able to offer you Florida residency for tuition purposes.

The participating universities are located in the following states:











North Carolina

West Virginia





South Carolina


*Only Florida, North Carolina, and Texas participate at the graduate level.

For more information, please contact the FAMU School of Graduate Studies at (850) 599-3505 or at 469 Tucker Hall, 515 Orr Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Additional information on the Academic Common Market, including contact information for state coordinators.