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Virginia State University Receives Top Honors

Published date: July 17, 2016

VSU named Best HBCU in Two Categories

Virginia State University, VA-- Virginia State University has been named the top HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in two categories. During an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 15, 2016, HBCU Digest announced that VSU won in the categories of Best Gospel Choir for the VSU Gospel Chorale and Best Student Organization for The VSU “Girlz at the Gate.”

Out of more than 600 entries, VSU was named finalists in six categories and took home the top prize in two categories. VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah, was among the more than two dozen VSU staff and supporters who attended the event. “I am proud of all of our outstanding students and organizations. I am especially proud of those who were nominated, and I’m happy for those who won this honor,” says Dr. Abdullah. “These awards are further proof that VSU does not only provide transformative academic opportunities, but is also an excellent venue for students to participate and excel in extracurricular activities.”

The VSU Gospel Chorale made headlines recently after winning the “Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards,” They were also recently featured as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent;” and they became an internet sensation when they began an impromptu serenade of passengers on board a flight from Amsterdam to Dulles.

“Girlz at the Gate” made news recently when word of their faith based support of the University began to spread. The organization, started on campus by VSU students (2016 graduates) Raven McGriff and Frednesha Sanders, is an intercessory prayer team which walks the campus each morning at 5:30 to fervently pray.

VSU was also nominated in the categories of Best Marching Band, Male Student of the Year, Best Student Government Association, and Alumna of the Year. This is the sixth year for The HBCU Awards. Finalists were selected based upon media exposure and impact on institutional progress made during the 2015-16 academic year. Winners were selected by a panel of previous HBCU Award winners, presidents and chancellors, media members which cover HBCUs, alumni, and students.

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