Jarvis Christian College student named 2016 HBCU All-Star
Hawkins, TX – Jarvis Christian College student Wendon Blair, of DeSoto, Texas, has been named a 2016 HBCU All-Star by the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Blair was among the 73 students from 63 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) recognized for accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.
“During one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate. Also as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said, “The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools.”
Over the next year, Blair, along with the other All-Stars, will serve as ambassador by providing outreach opportunities and communicating with other students about the value of both education and the Initiative as a networking source. Using social media, relationships with community-based organizations, and sessions with industry professionals, the students will share proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. They also will participate in the White House HBCU Week Conference, national and regional events, and webinars with Initiative staff and other professionals on a range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and vocational development.
“We’re looking forward to working with this new class of HBCU All-Stars,” said Kim Hunter Reed, Deputy Under Secretary of Education and Acting Executive Director White House Initiative on HBCUs. “Our goal is to provide a unique opportunity for these talented students that exposes them to critical national conversations and thought leaders. No doubt they will make their mark and represent their campuses well.”
Officials selected the All-Stars from over 300 students from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands. They will work together and as a group and network with one another to achieve their goals.
Jarvis Christian College student to participate in Phillips University Legacy Foundation Scholarship and Leadership Development Program
Hawkins, TX – Jarvis Christian College is pleased to announce that Wendon Blair has been awarded entrance into the Phillips University Legacy Foundation and Leadership Development Program for 2016-2017.
The undergraduate program is intended to provide leadership development and academic, financial support for promising young Christian leaders pursuing a liberal arts education. To qualify, recipients must have shown prior leadership in their church, vocation, and community.
“The applications we received this year were a highly competitive class of applicants,” Executive Director Kelly Coker said. “Seven students are second-year scholars, four are third-year, four are fourth-year, and 11 are first-year scholars. We look forward to working with them this fall at the annual Leadership Development Conference.”
Since the inception of the program in 2002, 154 students have received over $1.3 million in scholarship assistance. The Foundation also provides specialized leadership training for the Legacy Scholars at an annual four-day leadership development conference which is from November 10-13, 2016 at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas.
Blair, an accounting major, is from DeSoto, Texas.
Sherry P. Shephard
Director of Public Relations
Jarvis Christian College
P.O. Box 1470
U.S. Hwy. 80 East, PR 7631
Hawkins, TX 75765