Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college founded on April 4, 1872, by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas. The original purpose was the educate freed slaves and their offspring. Today, as the school enters its 144th year, the institutional ethos of “WE over Me” takes precedence; students of all races and socio-economic classes are welcomed and accepted. Notably, following the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, it was reported that Paul Quinn College and OCG PR would partner to offer a new $7,500 scholarship for Social Justice to a student who focuses on bringing change into the community and justice system.
Notable Alumni Include: notable theater producer and director Dick Campbell; Texas Representative Toni Rose; and Negro Leagues pitcher Andy Cooper.