White House Initiative On HBCUs Announces 2022 Class Of HBCU Scholars, 86 Students Recognized

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On Friday, the White House Initiative on HBCUs announced their ninth cohort of HBCU students selected to be recognized as 2022 HBCU Scholars, previously titled HBCU All-Star Ambassadors. The HBCU Scholars program was created in 2014 under the Obama Administration to recognize HBCU leaders who excel in academic, social and civic engagement. The selected scholars visit the nation’s capitol during the annual HBCU Week observance in September to network with White House officials and learn of further outreach and engagement opportunities to aid in their respective HBCU experiences.

“The HBCU Scholars announced today have dedicated themselves to their learning and exemplify the talent that our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have nurtured for generations,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona commented in a statement. “The Biden-Harris administration is committed to supporting these leaders and I cannot wait to learn from them while they serve as ambassadors for the White House Initiative and their institutions.”

This year, the Initiative has partnered with NASA to create the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC). In a statement the Initiative describes the competition. “Students will partner in developing ideas to commercialize technology derived from NASA intellectual property. Scholars will have the opportunity to present their IP ideas during the National HBCU Week Conference in September.”

When asked about her experience as an HBCU Scholar, Bowie State University student and 2021 HBCU Scholar Paige Blake said, “As an HBCU Scholar I was able to connect with leaders and meet professionals from various sectors including government, the NFL and entertainment industry. The professional development skills I gained through the Scholar Program provided me with tools to navigate well beyond my academic career and I now proudly serve on the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCU’s.”

As a member of the 2017 Cohort of HBCU Scholars (known at the time as HBCU All-Star Ambassadors) I can also personally attest to the outreach opportunities that the White House Initiative On HBCUs affords the students recognized by the program. Through the initiative I was able to become a Creative Services intern with black-centric cable television network Aspire TV, which opened several post graduate opportunities for me. I also was able to further grow the HBCU Pulse brand by providing exclusive coverage of my time in DC as an All-Star during the first year of the Trump administration. Links to the articles will be listed below, as well as the full list of the 2022 HBCU scholars.

Articles About My Experience As A 2017 White House HBCU All-Star

List Of 2022 White House Initiative On HBCUs HBCU Scholars

ALABAMA

Huntsville-Asia Jefferson attends Drake State Community and Technical College, Huntsville, AL
Montgomery- Aylon Gipson attends Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Montgomery- Da’Jon Stoudemire attends Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa- Chase Cameron attends Lane College, Jackson, TN

ARKANSAS

Conway- Marla McGhee attends North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Little Rock- Jason Muka attends Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR

BAHAMAS

Nassau- Jameliah Pinder attends Shaw University, Raleigh, NC

CALIFORNIA

Bellflower- Nahiem Banks attends Howard University, Washington, DC
San Bernardino- Jordan Holt attends Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

DELAWARE

Dover- Jessica Simmons attends Hampton University, Hampton, VA

FLORIDA

Miami- Myra Saunders attends Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL
Orlando- Makira Burns attends Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Pompano Beach- Ayana Emmanuel attends Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
Tallahassee- Khya Nelson attends Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

GEORGIA

Athens- Malaya Moon attends Howard University, Washington, DC
Atlanta- Nina Giddens attends Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
Austell- Jennifer Vasquez attends Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
Byron- Miykael Stith attends Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
Glenwood- Andrea Holloway attends Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
Loganville- Pariyah E. Evans attends Albany State University, Albany, GA
Macon- Almario Duehart attends Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Moreland- Sarita Smith attends Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Stockbridge- Jayden Williams attends Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

INDIANA

Lowell- Cedric Caschetta attends West Virginia State University, Institute, WV
South Bend- Bashar Saleh attends Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA

ILLINOIS

Chicago- Brice Dean attends Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO
Chicago- Diamond Williams attends Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
Chicago- Sullivan Anderson attends North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC
Chicago Heights- Shanelle Staten attends Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Chicago- Steven McCollough attends Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Homewood- Lauren Proby attends Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Plainfield- Britnee McCauley attends Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

JAMAICA

Kingston- Daniel Jathan attends LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge- Kelsei Scott attends Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Baton Rouge- Kennedy Paul attends Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
Monroe- Brandon Horne attends Southern A&M University, Baton Rouge, LA

MARYLAND

Baltimore- D’Aria Couther attends Bennett College, Greensboro, NC Baltimore- Oladayo Akinpelu attends Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore- Stephanie Leggette attends Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
Brandywine- Jamie Reed attends Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
Brandywine- Nyah Christen attends University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Clinton- Sydney Carr attends University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Hyattsville- Chaylah Francis attends Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Odenton- Drake Smith attends Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA
Temple Hills – Nina Rutherford attends Benedict College, Columbia, SC

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MICHIGAN

Belleville- Jiyahna Price attends Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona, FL
Detroit- McKinley Lowery attends Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

MISSISSIPPI

Clarksdale- Christopher Murphy attends Coahoma Community College, Clarksdale, MS
Cleveland- Kendrick Walker attends Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS
Collins- Ronnie Davis attends Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS
Columbus- Zachary Wilson attends Rust College, Holly Springs, MS
Horn Lake- Cristina Calhoun attends Rust College, Holly Springs, MS
Jackson- Brikala Roach attends Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Jackson- Lauren Kelli Gatlin attends Hinds Community College Utica, MS
Waynesboro- Elizabeth Moss attends Hinds Community College, Utica, MS

MISSOURI

Lake Ozark- Johnny Myers attends Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO

NEVADA

Las Vegas- Kailyn Haye attends Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte- Paige Davis attends Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
Durham- Phineas Nyang’oro attends North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Greensboro- Tiera Henderson attends North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, Greensboro, NC
Wilmington- Antonio Ashley attends Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
Winston-Salem – Trajan Baker attends Hampton University, Hampton, VA

NEW JERSEY

Cherry Hill- Pujan Patel attends Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA

NEW YORK

Staten Island- Maryam Mumuni attends Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

NIGERIA

Abia- Godwin Eke attends Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Lagos- Oluwapelumi Shodubi attends Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City- Nakya Carter attends Shaw University, Raleigh, NC

PENNSYLVANIA

Drexel Hill – Bralyn Page attends Delaware State University, Dover, DE
Harrisburg- Jordan Spencer attends Delaware State University, Dover, DE
Philadelphia- Horace Ryans III attends Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston- Kierra Wellington attends Allen University, Columbia, SC
Newberry- Subrina Davis attends Clinton College, Rock Hill, SC
Sherrills Ford- Gavin Gabriel attends Clinton College, Rock Hill, SC

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga- Lauren Tolbert attends Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Memphis- Jaylynn Lanier attends LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN
Nashville- M. Javari Henderson attends Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

TEXAS

Dallas- Donnesha Williams attends Langston University, Langston, OK
Dallas- Kalaya Sibley attends Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Galveston- Kemryn Lawrence attends Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
Houston- Nicholas McDermott attends Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX
Houston- Taylor Ann Mitchell attends Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
San Antonio- Brittney Carson attends St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio, TX

VIRGINIA

Hampton- Shelita Hall attends Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
Richmond- Michael Kevin Crossley Sr. attends Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

WEST AFRICA

Ghana- Obadiah Amponsah attends Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee – Anyiah Chambers attends Kentucky State University, Frankfurt, KY

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