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Justin Bynum
Justin Bynum

Justin Bynum’s plans for college were laid out for him as he departed Dallas, Texas and headed to Daytona Beach, Florida for his freshman year at the great Bethune-Cookman University.

Little did he know that a year later, with a good push from Professor Dr. Marc Pugliese, he would be granted the opportunity of a lifetime. During his sophomore year he was chosen as the sole recipient of the Luard Scholarship to study at the school of his choice in England.

Under Dr. Pugliese’s guidance, Bynum applied for this prestigious merit-based scholarship which is open to students attending the 39 United Negro College Fund institutions, as well as students from Hampton and Howard Universities.  T he Luard Scholarship is sponsored by the English Speaking Union, a non-profit organization based in New York City.

Bynum chose to study at Homerton College at Cambridge University in southeast England, just 50 miles north of London. He has studied subjects such as logic, political philosophy, equality, and epistemology. Becoming involved with his campus and engaging longstanding British tradition, Bynum also joined the rugby team.
Citing sunshine as the aspect of home he longs for most, Bynum also said he misses his B-CU faculty. “The amazing faculty of the B-CU school of religion and philosophy has greatly influenced me, and I hope to return and impart what I have learned to them.”

Since the inaugural 1969-70 academic year, 68 Luard Scholars have performed with distinction at 18 different British universities, including Oxford University, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University, Nottingham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. They have served as exemplary unofficial ambassadors for the United States while abroad and for British higher education upon returning home. Three B-CU alumni – Marjorie Bryant, GiShawn Atara Mance and Angelo Washington – have been Luard Scholars in the past.

The scholarship is open to students in all disciplines, and has been awarded to students – all of whom are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses – majoring in economics, philosophy, finance, mathematics, liberal arts and the sciences.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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