Two Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students have been named 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars through the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Ijem Ozodigwe, a sophomore biology major from Concord, and Chelsea Powell, a senior social work major from Newton, are among the 63 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars representing 54 HBCUs nationwide. They received recognition at the Initiative’s Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Awards on Sept. 17, during the 2018 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C.
Competitiveness Scholars are nominated and endorsed for the award by their institution and selected based on their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos or “go-getter” spirit.
Over the one-year term commitment, Competitiveness Scholars will learn and share proven and promising practices that support individual and HBCU competitiveness, with the goal of strengthening prospects for career and life success.
Originally published Oct. 4, 2018.