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Two from Tuskegee among 63 scholars named by White House Initiative on HBCUs

September 14, 2018

Contact: Brittney Dabney, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Terrance Platt and Caleb Washington
Platt and Washington

A pair of Tuskegee University students were named this week as 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars, part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They are among the 63 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars representing 54 HBCUs as part of the program.

The HBCU Competitiveness Scholars program includes undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are recognized for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve long-term outcomes.

Terrance Platt, an integrative biosciences doctoral student from Selma, Alabama, and Caleb Washington, a senior from Demopolis, Alabama, majoring in sociology, were each nominated and endorsed by president, Dr. Lily McNair, as part of the nomination process. They were selected from among several highly distinguished HBCU students based on their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement, and entrepreneurial ethos, or “go-getter,” spirit.

During the course of their one-year terms, Platt and Washington will learn and share proven and promising practices that support individual and HBCU competitiveness, with the goal of strengthening their prospects for career and life success. HBCU Competitiveness Scholars are afforded opportunities to highlight their exceptional contributions to institutions, ignite new passions and explore ideas critical to lifelong growth and development.

In the coming days, all of the Competitiveness Scholars will assemble at the 2018 National HBCU Week Conference, to be held Sept. 16-18 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington, D.C. They will be formally recognized during a ceremony on Sept. 17.

During this national convening – the theme for which is “HBCU Competitiveness: Aligning Institutional Missions with America's Priorities” – scholars will participate in workshops designed to improve leadership, encourage ongoing personal and professional development, and discover areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

For more information about the White House HBCU Competitiveness Scholars program, visit

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