Maryland students attending historically Black colleges and universities were robustly represented on the White House’s recent 2015 HBCU All-Stars List.

Eighty three undergraduate, graduate and professional students from the nation’s HBCUs  were lauded for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement at the recent 2015 HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C. Among them were 10 students either from Maryland, or who currently attend the state’s four HBCUs, making Maryland the second-most recognized state on the list.

“Historically Black colleges and universities have been instrumental in providing students with access to quality educational opportunities,” Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) said in a statement. “These institutions are an integral part of Maryland’s higher education system and strengthen many communities across our state. I congratulate every student who made the list and am especially proud of the Maryland HBCUs for helping to mold so many future leaders. The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Stars is a prime example of why we need to continue to invest in and support these colleges and universities across the country.”

The 83 All-Stars were selected from among 450 students who submitted applications, consisting of a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Throughout the year, the All-Stars will serve as ambassadors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and reach out to fellow students to promote the values of education and the networking opportunities available through the program.

“This year’s class of All-Stars has distinguished itself as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions.” Ivory A. Toldson, the White House program’s acting executive director, said in a statement. “We are confident these impressive students will help the White House Initiative on HBCUs meaningfully engage with students, showcase their talent and advance our agenda to advance academic excellence at HBCUs.”

The list of Maryland’s All-Stars include:


Bryans Road – Aaleah Lancaster, Bennet College, Greensboro, N.C.
Capitol Heights – Kayla Fontaine, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.
Cheltenham – Leah Williams, Delaware State University, Dover, Del.
Fort Washington – Ravenn Mathis, Bowie State University, Bowie, Md.
Fort Washington – Antonia Hill, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.
Laurel – Salematou Traore, University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
Parkville- Marcel Jagne-Shaw, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md. 
Owings Mills – Miles Jenkins, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
Waldorf – Danielle Hawkins, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
Woodbine – Mya Harvard, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.
The District of Columbia was represented by one All-Star, Beachrhell Jacques, who attends the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.