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NCCU School of Business Student Named White House


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) junior business major Jameerah Ali has been named as a 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a program that recognizes outstanding student performance in higher education.

Ali is among 63 students selected based on high achievement in academics, campus involvement, entrepreneurial ethos and civic engagement. To be considered for the honor, students must submit their college transcripts, résumés, an essay and letters of recommendation.

“Jameerah is a great example of an Eagle soaring and her selection as an HBCU Competitiveness Scholar is an acknowledgment of her continuous pursuit of excellence in academics and service,” said Dr. Ontario Wooden, associate vice chancellor for Innovative, Engaged and Global Education.

Ali participated among other HBCU Competitiveness Scholars in the White House HBCU Week Conference held Sept. 16-18 in Washington, D.C. She was formally presented with the award during the initiative's Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Awards ceremony on Sept. 17.

Over the course of the next year, Ali will also take part in other national events and engage via web chats with professionals and fellow scholars from a range of disciplines.

“Representing NCCU as a HBCU Competitiveness Scholar is a great honor,” Ali said.

Ali is currently devoting her fall semester to studying marketing, banking, finance and strategic management at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand, which is 30 miles from Bangkok.

Most recently, Ali spent her summer break with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Sales and Service Systems intern. She has also contributed greatly to the NCCU community through her work as an intern for the Internal Audit Office and also an assistant for the Department of Residential Life.

The Philadelphia native has been involved with several student organizations, including the Financial Management Society, Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and NCCU’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants Inc., where she serves as president.

Ali, who is a member of the University Honors Program, also devotes her time to the community. In her spare time, she volunteers for Durham Public Schools and the Durham Rescue mission, a non-profit organization for that assists families who are homeless.


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