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Points of Pride

  • The College of Education was awarded $2.14 million by New York-based Wallace Foundation to participate in $47-million initiative to improve how aspiring principals are trained and to be part of a national effort to share lessons with the broader field.

  • The National Science Foundation awarded Virginia State University a $3 million grant to work with school districts in Petersburg, Richmond, New Orleans and Philadelphia to increase the number of underrepresented minority students entering college with the skills to be able to pursue a STEM major and career.

  • In May of 2016, Virginia State University was named one of the nation’s top 20 “Best Colleges for African Americans” by ESSENCE magazine.

  • Virginia State University ranked as the No. 12 institution for historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) in America by College Choice.

  • In June of 2016, alumna Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA.

  • The Reserve Officers Training Corp program is nationally ranked in the country. Two alumni are in the United States Army Cadet Command Hall of Fame.

  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University’s Educational Opportunity Centers a grant in the amount of $236,900 for a period of five years. The EOC program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.

  • In June of 2016, five Virginia State University students were among more than 1,150 American undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Four students traveled to China, and one student traveled to India.

  • The Department of Art and Design was named the Best Fine Arts Program at an historically black college or university according to HBCU Digest.

  • The Criminal Justice program ranks third out of 40 Virginia institutions analyzed by

  • Mr. Kennedy James, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was selected to represent Virginia State University as a 2016 White House Initiative HBCU All-Star.

  • For the 2016 fall semester, the University welcomed more than 1,000 new freshmen. The Class of 2020 represented a 30 percent increase from the 2015 freshman class.

  • The Men’s Basketball Team was named the 2015 CIAA Men’s Basketball Northern Division & Tournament Champions. The team also advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Play-offs.

  • During the 2015-2016 academic year in the Department of Athletics, several Trojans received honors:
    • Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mr. Lonnie Blow Jr. was named CIAA Coach of the Year.
    • Ms. Cameryn Smith was named the CIAA Woman of the Year.
    • CIAA Female Rookie of the Year for Women’s Tennis was Ms. Sydney Yao.
    • CIAA Male Rookie of the Year for Men’s Tennis was Mr. Sultan Kenes.
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