75 Students from 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2014 HBCU All-Stars
Lorman, Miss. (February 11, 2014) – The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.
“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs. “It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.”
Over the course of the next year — through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations — the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. In addition, the 45 female and 30 male All-Stars will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.
More information about the activities of the 75 HBCU All-Stars will be provided in the coming months as they carry out their role as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Attached is a list of the 2014 HBCU All-Stars in alphabetical order by the state and city they are from, the school they attend and the school’s location.
2014 HBCU All Stars
Aliceville–Keiwan Harris –attends Concordia College Alabama, Selma, AL
Huntsville–Sharesse Mason –attends Alabama A&M University, Normal
Mobile–Justin Wells –attends Bishop State Community College, Mobile, AL
Tuscaloosa–Morgan Curry –attends Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa–Jeraun Pouge –attends Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Talladega–Chuck Stewart –attends Talladega College, Talladega, AL
Tuskegee—Kalauna Carter –attends Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
Little Rock–Chelsea Fox –attends Philander Smith, Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles–Nicole Tinson –attends Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Fresno–Arogeanae Brown –attends Virginia State University, Petersbury, Virginia
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Tyrone Hankerson –attends Howard University, District of Columbia
-Jocelyn Cole –attends Howard University, District of Columbia
-LaTrice Clayburn –attends Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC
Abdul Nurriddin –attends University of the District of Columbia Community College, District of Columbia
Daytona–Shantel Braynen –attends Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
Tallahassee–Jamil McGinnis –attends Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee–Jazmyne Simmons –attends Florida A&