February 10, 2014
Tysus D. Jackson
Talladega College Student Selected as a 2014 HBCU All-Stars
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, including Talladega College Chuck Stewart, a junior Mass Media major from Memphis. Mr. Stewart, an honor student and member of the Marching Tornados, was selected through a competitive 445 applicant pool where only 75 students were selected as HBCU All-Stars. The All-Stars were selection upon academic achievement, resume, essay, and recommendation. “It was an honor to be selected. I hope to become the next media mogul similar to Ted Turner,” explained Stewart. “I believe this opportunity, along with my Talladega College experiences, will prepare me to meet all my goals.”
Over the course of the next year, the HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by provide outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource. 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 female and 30 male All-Stars 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 will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.
“Talladega College has a reputation of creating world leaders, and Mr. Stewart is another shining example of the students we have at Talladega College,” said President Billy C. Hawkins. “We are pleased the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has created opportunities to acknowledge the best and brightest at HBCU’s.”
About Talladega College
The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant. The College has an aggressive tradition of bringing the world to Talladega. Home of the Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, the murals are on a nationwide tour where it is estimated to be seen by over a half million people and has received rave reviews from the New York Times. For more information, visit www.talladega.edu.