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White House Initiative on HBCUs Selects 63 Scholars

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The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced the names of 63 students who have been selected from 54 historically black colleges and universities as Competitiveness Scholars.

The nominated students were selected from 54 HBCUs based on their civic and campus involvement, entrepreneurial ethos and academic achievement across the nation for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities, improving long-term outcomes.

The Scholars program is a White House initiative which is the highest recognition for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The program will be of one-year duration, allowing the scholars to learn and share the promising practices that enhance the competitiveness of individuals and HBCUs subsequently leading to success in life and career.

“Throughout this period, the Initiative will provide outreach and engagement activities, as well as information and resources that can be disseminated to fellow students,” the Education Department release said.

“They are expected to fully take advantage of the opportunities provided, engage with one another and showcase individual and collective talents across the HBCU spectrum.”

The Scholars will receive the recognition on September 17 during the 2018 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington D.C.

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