Thurgood Marshall College Fund Salutes the 43 Students From Public HBCUs Named to the First Class of HBCU White House All-Stars

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Washington, DC (February 14, 2014) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) salutes 43 students from its member-schools, public Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), who were selected as the 2014 White House HBCU All-Stars, announced TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) announced on Monday its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, currently enrolled at HBCUs for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. According to a release from the White House, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendations. This group of talented HBCU students will partner with the WHIHBCU in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.

“We are so proud of our member-schools and their students,” said TMCF Chairman of the Board, Jim Clifton. “These scholars are living proof of why higher education is such a good investment in building future leaders of tomorrow.”

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. The Initiative will serve as a networking resource for the students to participate in regional events and webinars with WHIHBCU staff and other professionals from various disciplines. The All-Stars will share, through social media and their various relationships, their experiences and best practices with students across the country who are seeking to achieve their college dreams. In the release, WHIHBCU executive director George Cooper said, “These 75 students have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities.”

“This opportunity is a great way to build peer to peer engagement and motivation amongst students on our HBCU campuses,” said Taylor. “With 80% of all students attending HBCUs being on public HBCU campuses, I was overjoyed to see over 50% of the first class of the HBCU All-Stars come from our member-schools and nine of the 43 are TMCF scholars. These students will serve as a catalyst for TMCF – helping us deliver on our vision to Change the World …One Leader at a Time!”

Visit us at to view the list of nine TMCF scholars and the full list of the 45 All-Stars from TMCF member-schools.

2014 HBCU White House All-Stars Named

Nine TMCF Scholars Named to the First Class of the White House HBCU All-Stars. Congratulations!

Valerie Edwards, ECSU (2012 LI, 2013 DOE Scholar)
Akirah Crawford, VSU (2013 LI) Ahn-yea Graham,
Cheyney (2012 LI) Harold Rickenbacker,
SCSU (2013 LI) Priscilla Barbour,
PVAMU (2013 LI) Candace Jones,
Texas Southern (2013 LI) Chanae LeGrier,
ECSU (2013 Snyders-Lance Intern) Kevin Dixon,
UVI (TMCF SA, 2013 LI) Symone Jordan,
Bowie State (TMCF SA, 2013 LI)

43 students Named as the 2014 Class of White House HBCU All-Stars Attend 32 TMCF Member-Schools, Where Education Pays Off®. Congratulations Public HBCUs!

Alabama A&M University Mississippi Valley State University
Albany State University Morgan State University
Alcorn State University North Carolina A&T State University
Bowie State University North Carolina Central University
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Prairie View A&M University
Delaware State University Savannah State University
Elizabeth City State University South Carolina State University
Fayetteville State University Southern University and A&M College
Florida A&M University Tennessee State University
Fort Valley State University Texas Southern University
Grambling State University Tuskegee University
Howard University University of the District of Columbia
Jackson State University University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Kentucky State University University of Virgin Islands
Langston University Virginia State University
Lincoln University Winston-Salem State University