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Victoria Harrison is Named an HBCU All-Star

Victoria Harrison, a senior psychology major, was among 73 students named a 2016 White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCUs) All-Star today.  Victoria was chosen from a pool of more than 300 students from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands.  The All-Stars, comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, are being recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.  Harrison, who is a native of Tampa, Fla. also serves as B-CU’s Miss UNCF, president of the B-CU Pinky Promise Club, member of the National Society of Leadership & Success and the American Psychology Association, among others.  

Victoria Harrison is extremely excited about this opportunity to be an extension of this White House initiative. "I can’t wait to learn and develop in this role.  I am very proud to represent the great Bethune-Cookman University.  As a first generation college student, this is another example of my dreams coming true,” says Victoria Harrison. 

As an HBCU All-Star, Harrison is tasked with implementing outreach and communication with his fellow students about the value of education and the role of the initiative as a networking resource.  Through social media and her relationships with community-based organizations, Victoria will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.  She will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent B-CU at the annual WHIHBCUs National Conference this fall and will also attend other events and participate in national calls and web chats with the White House. 

“During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “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.”

Learn more about the White House HBCU All-Star Initiative

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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