Two Elizabeth City State University students, Chanae LeGrier and Valerie Edwards
join their peers from 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who
were named 2014 HBCU All-Stars.
Edwards, a senior from Whiteville, North Carolina majoring in aviation science and
mass communication, was one of nine students selected in this state. LeGrier, a senior
from Suffolk, Virginia majoring in business administration, was one of three selected
in Virginia for this recognition.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU)
recently 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."
LeGrier is president of the university chapter of the National Black MBA Association,
a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society, a Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center
for Academic Excellence Scholar, and a member of the Black Executive Exchange Program.
"This is a prestigious honor and I look forward to everything the program has to offer.
This is a great opportunity for HBCU students," LeGrier said.
In addition to her outstanding academic achievements, Edwards has kept busy by completing
5 internships with the Department of Transportation, College Prowler, Department of
Energy, NASA Langley Research Center and one summer research program, the Ronald E.
McNair Post-Baccalaureate Advisement program.
"This is a great opportunity for me to become an official ambassador for my HBCU and
to promote higher education to middle schools and high schools in the local community
as well as students on campus," Edwards said.
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.
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