Student-athlete Hollan Strepay will not only earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration but also leave a mark at NCCU that is rooted in service.
The Cary, N.C., native is known for his efforts to address the digital divide on campus, which has benefited the Eagle Community tremendously.
In 2019, he launched a technology inclusion initiative, Assisting Student Success in Supplying Technology (ASSIST), that resulted in 13 students receiving new Dell 2-in-1 laptops. Strepay’s program received financial support from the Provost’s Office, Information Technology Services, and University College.
As a student-athlete in cross-country, golf, and track and field, Strepay excelled in competition. In 2017, he qualified for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Track & Field Championship.
His commitment to achievement also is evident in academics. A Chancellor’s Scholar and honor student, he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society and served as its vice-president.
“NCCU has prepared me for my career by equipping me with the knowledge and skills I need to compete against students from anywhere in the world,” Strepay said. “The wide array of business classes offered to me have increased my ability to compete globally.”
Strepay not only maintained a 4.0 GPA, but was active on campus and earned several competitive internships, including at Hewlett-Packard and Amazon.
He was among 262 students from across country named to the 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
Strepay also held a number of positions in NCCU’s Student Government Association, and served on the university’s Grade Appeals, Tuition and Fee, Book Advisory and Student Athlete Advisory committees.
And he was associate vice president of Budget and Finance for the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments.
“My passion for equity and justice flourished when I entered NCCU,” he said. ”Student success has always been at the top of my priorities, and my involvement in student government allows me to have a platform to address students' struggles.”
Strepay will begin a career in Nashville, Tenn., as a program manager within Amazon’s OpsTech IT team. He also aspires to earn an MBA and move up to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
“My biggest success at NCCU has been the enlightenment to differences that exist among individuals,” Strepay said. “These differences are not points that divide us, but points that make us unique. We should all take the time to learn and appreciate each other's uniqueness.”