Myers of FMU named 2014 HBCU All-Star
President Obama’s initiative creates opportunity for scholars
Ashley Montgomery | 2/27/2014, 9 a.m.
Jonte Myers, 31, has made significant strides while attending Florida Memorial University [FMU]. So much so he has been recognized by the White House, among 75 students from 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Last week, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities [WHIHBCU] announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars. Myers, a graduate student, learned of the program from a faculty member.
“Dr. Riley brought it to my attention and she had already done her part, of filling out the faculty recommendation that was required for the application,” Myers said.
This initiative endorses college undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.
“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCU’s and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCU said.
The purpose of choosing students from across the country is to help empower and improve the next generations of leaders who will graduate from HBCU’s.
“For the most part, its meant to help improve graduation retention rates at HBCU’s,” Myers said.
He plans to shed light on national events in terms of the Affordable Healthcare Act and simply drive students on his college campus to become more involved in the community.
For the next year, all All-Star’s chosen this go around are expected to serve as ambassadors of the Initiative by “leveraging their social media presence and community-based organization relationships to promote the value of education; have their individual work featured on the Initiative’s website; be invited to participate in regional events; network with other scholars to showcase individual and/or collective talent across the HBCU community and last but certainly not least, join quarterly web-chats with Deputy Director, Ivory Toldson and other professionals.”
Myers prides his ability to connect with his peers on campus.
“FMU is a great school — a great place. . . many more have passed through this great place and so many students are going positive things,” he said.
Myers says that he wishes the school received more recognition for all of the positive things that go on there.
“The intimacy here prepares you for your life beyond the classroom — we need to do more of the pushing,” Myers said. “I am personally working more to change that, it is one of my objectives.”
South Florida’s only historically Black university recently named Roslyn Clark Artis as its new president. She is the first woman to ever hold this position and Myers believes she is the right woman for the job.
“I have met with her — I believe that I have a good scope on where the school needs to go and I think she is putting all of the pieces together,” Myers said. “I am looking forward to all of the great things that are going to happening around campus soon.”
Myers is expected to graduate from Florida Memorial University with his Master’s in Exceptional Student Education focusing on Leadership.
Expecting to graduate from FMU in June 2014, Myers has already been accepted in to the University of Florida. He plans to obtain his Doctorate in Special Education.