White House Initiative on HBCUs Names Mechanical Engineering Student to its first class of HBCU All-Stars

North Carolina A&T’s doctoral engineering student, Leon White, is among the 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students chosen by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) for its first class of HBCU All-Stars for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.

White, a recipient of a Title III, PhD Fellowship funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is a doctoral student majoring in mechanical engineering.

Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.

“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs. “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.”

Over the course of the next year—through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations —the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. In addition, the 45 females and 30 males will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They also will have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

“This latest distinction is one of many in Leon’s graduate career here at North Carolina A&T State University. We are extremely proud of him,” said Dr. Robin Coger, Dean of the College of Engineering. “Leon’s research, his leadership and commitment to academic excellence, exemplifies the well-rounded, high-achieving engineers that our College is dedicated to producing.”