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PRESS ROOM: First Six of One Hundred and Seventy-Five Students on the Ladder to Leadership

Pictured above (from left to right): Kyle West, Grambling State University; Nina Jones, Kentucky State University; Anyah Chambers, Kentucky State University; Dina Kent, United Negro College Fund; Malek Singleton, Harris Stowe State University; Deja Mayfield, North Carolina A&T State University; Briona Greer, Kentucky State University

The Foundation awards each participating school at least one housing grant of $5,600 per semester to address the lack of diversity in interns and the structural inequality in housing costs by bringing next-generation leaders up the Washington resource ladder — and then urging them to do so. In addition to the housing grant, the center helps place participating students on an internship and connects them with a local alumni mentor.

WASHINGTON, DC – This fall, six students from four colleges lived at HBCU’s National Center on Capitol Hill while completing courses for distinguished members of Congress.

The center was founded in 2021 to promote experiential learning, mentorship, and communication for students attending historically black colleges and universities.

The Foundation awards each participating school at least one housing grant of $5,600 per semester to address the lack of diversity in interns and the structural inequality in housing costs by bringing next-generation leaders up the Washington resource ladder — and then urging them to do so. In addition to the housing grant, the center helps place participating students on an internship and connects them with a local alumni mentor.

At the center, the inaugural class of students participated in professional development activities that included a reception for delegate Brianna Sewell, a tour with the President of the National Press Club and AP, a speaker series with Representative Cheri Bustos, and Career Night, among others.

Students graduating in the inaugural semester:

  • Anyah Chambers, Kentucky State University, intern in the office of Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
  • Briona Greer, Kentucky State University, intern in the office of Congressman Jim McGovern
  • Nina Jones, Kentucky State University, intern in the office of Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan
  • Deja Mayfield, North Carolina State University A&T, Intern in the Office of Congresswoman Alma Adams
  • Malek Singleton, Harris Stowe State University, intern in the office of Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Kyle West, Grambling State University, intern in the office of Senator Tom Carper

The Center was established to provide students from disadvantaged schools with the resources that make an internship in Washington, D.C. affordable, access to career development opportunities, and a helping hand for the first step on the ladder.

Six students are now back on campus to enhance their professional experience to others.

About the company:

The HBCU National Center Foundation was created with a $1 million endowment by The Honorable Jacqueline Lewis, educator and philanthropist. 30 years ago, Lewis founded Washington Student Intern Residence (WISH) and set up foundations to help struggling students.

This year, Lewis was inspired by President Biden’s call for diversity in the federal government and McKenzie Scott’s gifts to underfunded schools. This initial gift provides 175 students to participate. For additional information, visit HBCUNC.org.

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