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B-CU Student Named White House HBCU All-Star

B-CU STUDENT CHOSEN AS WHITE HOUSE PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE

 Landon Wright Is One of 83 HBCU All-Stars Selected for This Year’s Initiative

LandonWrightDaytona Beach, FL – Landon Wright, a senior accounting major, was recently named a White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCUs) All-Star.  Wright was chosen from a pool of 450 national applicants and is one of three Florida WHIHBCUs All-Stars.  As an HBCU All-Star, Wright is tasked with implementing outreach and communication with his fellow students about the value of education and the role of the initiative as a networking resource.  Through social media and his relationships with community-based organizations, Wright will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.  Wright will travel to Washington, D.C. in September to represent B-CU at the annual WHIHBCUs National Conference.  He will also attend other events and participate in national calls and web chats with the White House. 

Landon Wright is extremely excited about this opportunity to be an extension of this White House initiative. “This is a great accomplishment for me and B-CU.  I will be able to keep my university informed and updated on the latest developments.  It’s another way for me to give back,” says Wright.  Wright’s application for the WHIHBCUs All-Stars included a detailed explanation of why he would be a great candidate.  He spoke of his personal experiences as a student at B-CU and some of the barriers he’s overcome as a young professional.  Wright also chose to highlight the National Ocean Policy and how it would benefit B-CU.  These essays, coupled with a stellar resume and recommendations helped Wright to become a 2015 WHIHBCUs All-Star. 

Wright recently returned from an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), in San Francisco, CA. Wright was the only student, of 164 interns, chosen from an HBCU.  Wright performed so well that he was offered an opportunity to return the following summer.  He was also asked to refer other B-CU students; and successfully helped another student get an internship with PwC, the top accounting firm in the nation.  Wright is scheduled to complete his third internship with PwC and is likely to have a full-time offer after he graduates.  

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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 www.cookman.edu.