Hampton Univerity named a student center on its campus this weekend after two distinguished alumni recently presented with its Outstanding Alumnus-at-Large Awards.
The university announced Sunday the building dedication recognized Freeman and Jacqueline Hrabowski, Hampton University Class of 1970.
At the ceremony, Hampton University President William R. Harvey praised the commitment of the Hrabowskis. To date, the couple has donated over $500,000 to the historically black college.
“They truly believe in giving back. I want to let Freeman and Jacqueline know that the board voted unanimously and once again we are honored,” said President Harvey at the unveiling of the sign on the facing of the Freeman and Jacqueline Hrabowski Student Success Center building.
The center houses support services for new students to complete their college journey at Hampton and will provide tools to enhance academic performance, remove barriers, and foster improvement within the university.
“The Hampton experience made us feel special. It prepared us to work hard, to give back and to let our lives do the singing. For that, we are eternally grateful. I want to thank you for this fantastic honor,” said Mrs. Hrabowski.
Earlier this year, Dr. Hrabowski received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Council on Education’s 100th annual meeting. He has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) for more than 25 years and is a co-founder of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program.
The UMBC Meyerhoff program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity in science, engineering, and related fields, with over 1000 alumni and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.
Mrs. Hrabowski is a trustee of the Abell Foundation, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. She retired as vice president of corporate community involvement at T. Rowe Price in 2009.
In 2013, Dr. Freeman Hrawbowski was honored as the Black Engineer of the Year at the BEYA STEM Conference for his impact and legacy in providing opportunities to the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students.