FMU Students Named Ambassadors

Scholars will serve on HBCU White House

Two Florida Memorial University (FMU) students, Marquise McGriff and AcNeal Williams, are among 83 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) “All-Stars” recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement by the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

Chosen from more than 450 applicants, the All-Stars will serve as FMU student ambassadors for the White House’s initiative during the 2015-16 academic year. The program was established as part of President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13532, promoting excellence, innovation and sustainability at HBCUs.

“The Obama administration is committed to promoting excellence, innovation and sustainability across our nation’s HBCUs. This year’s class of All-Stars has distinguished itself as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions,” said Ivory A. Toldson, acting executive director for the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

“We are confident these impressive students will help the White House Initiative on HBCUs meaningfully engage with students, showcase their talent and promote our agenda to advance academic excellence at HBCUs.”

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis said she is proud of the students who qualified to take part in the White House initiative.

“FMU is incredibly proud of students Marquise McGriff and AcNeal Williams for earning this esteemed recognition from President Barack Obama’s administration,” Artis said. “Both students have demonstrated a commitment to excellence inside the classroom and in their communities, and I have full confidence that they will use this platform to elevate the importance of HBCUs across the nation and globally.”

In addition, the FMU All-Stars will also participate in the White House’s HBCU Week Conference this month, as well as various national events, web chats with Toldson and other Initiative staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. Both McGriff and Williams will have opportunities to engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

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