Published: Friday, February 28, 2014
North Carolina Central University chemistry major Victoria Jones has been recognized by a White House initiative to identify outstanding students in higher education.
Jones, 22, was one of 75 students selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as an HBCU All-Star based on high achievement in academics, leadership and civic engagement.
“I want to congratulate Victoria Jones on her selection as a member of the White House Initiative’s HBCU All Star program,” said Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.
“Her achievement is a striking example of how the Eagle Excellence tradition both nurtures and equips students as they strive to soar academically and follow a lifelong path of service and leadership.
“We look forward to Victoria’s future achievements and are proud that she was chosen for the important task of representing NCCU and the entire HBCU community.”
Jones is a senior at NCCU and a graduate of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences in Raleigh. She has served as president of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a member of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team, and recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Biochemistry Award.
“It’s really an honor to be part of this national program and have the chance to promote NCCU,” Jones said. “I’ve had a lot of support and many opportunities during my time here.”
HBCU All-Stars are considered ambassadors for higher education, helping to forge relationships and garner recognition for HBCUs, said George Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, in a release about the initiative.
Cooper said the HBCU student leaders will be engaged in helping the Obama administration achieve its goal of raising graduation rates across the nation.
“It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal,” Cooper said.