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The Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities has announced a new program designed to honor students for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities.

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According to the press release, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholars Program will help form the next generation of leaders who exhibit and champion HBCU excellence.

The White House Initiative on Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Development, known as the Initiative for short, will select HBCU Scholars based on their academic achievement, classroom performance, civic and campus engagement, drive to make a positive difference at their institutions and in their communities, and a demonstrated “go-getter” spirit. Selected HBCU Scholars will serve as representatives of their respective institutions, communities, and the Initiative.

The Initiative will provide outreach and engagement opportunities for HBCU Scholars as well as information and resources to disseminate among students. HBCU Scholars will participate in regional events, webinars; and monthly masterclasses with the Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Scholars also will have opportunities to engage with one another to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU spectrum.

To inform their experience, HBCU Scholars are expected to carefully assess their personal and career aspirations, as well as the needs of their institutions and communities, to help determine the best ways the Initiative and its partners might provide support. Click here for more information.

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