The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities announced the names of 44 students from 34 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) selected as 2019 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars – the Initiative’s highest student recognition. One of the forty-four students are Wilberforce’s own Carvell Garret from Chicago, Illinois.

Garrett states, “To represent the first private HBCU, my HBCU, known as is an honor and privilege .Courage to take bold steps that will not only impact the future of Wilberforce but provide a gateway as we grow and develop into reaching the values  of Excellence, Innovation and Kindness.”

Scholars were selected from among several highly distinguished HBCU students chosen based on their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos or “go-getter” spirit. 

Competitiveness Scholars will assemble during the 2019 National HBCU Week Conference, September 8-11 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel – the theme of which is Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness: Student Achievement. Quality Partnerships. Institutional Performance.They will participate in workshops designed to strengthen their leadership, wealth creation and management and civic engagement and will be encouraged to seek out ongoing personal and professional development in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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