1985 – The Council of National Alumni Associations (CNAA) established The National College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., who was President of CNAA, developed the proposal for the Foundation.

1986 – The First Annual National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the events were Hall of Fame Dinner Induction Ceremony and HBCU Competition of Black College Queens.

The Hall of Fame launched its first programs and initiatives designed to educate the general public about the contributions of HBCUs and their alumni.

1990 – Hall of Fame convened the First Annual Tennis Challenge for HBCU’s.

1990 – Hall of Fame convened the First Annual Black College Alumni Leadership Summit in Hilton Head, SC.

2004 – Hall of Fame acquired the National Scholarship Service (NSS)

2005 – The Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame was introduced, as a fundraiser to support scholarships in hospitality and culinary arts.

2005 – The First Annual Black College Competition of Black College Choirs

2007 – Hall of Fame introduced the Legacy Lecture Series

2012 – Hall of Fame awarded its first Legacy of Leaders Alumni Awards

2013 – Hall of Fame in partnership with the Andrew Young Foundation, launched the Andrew Young Emerging Leaders Initiative (AYEL).

More than $1,160,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at HBCUs.

More than 990 Black college queens have participated  in the annual HBCU Competition of Black College Queens.

348 Black college graduates have been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Over 500,000 high school students were exposed to more than 500 colleges and universities as they decided their post secondary educational choices, through the Hall of Fame’s National Scholarship Service program.

Students at more than 50 HBCUs , through the Legacy Lecture Series, have been exposed to the talents of individuals such as Judge Glenda Hatchett, Dr. Bernice King, Ambassador Andrew Young, Michael Eric Dyson, Susan Taylor, Hill Harper, C.T. Vivian, Demetria McKinney, Stevie Baggs, Jr., and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.

Numerous HBCUs take advantage of the Hall of Fame’s information reservoir regarding training, technical assistance and guidance in leadership development, fundraising, and chapter development.