The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2023 class of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Scholars. Alabama A&M University students, Samarion Flowers and Morgan Marshall were named among undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from 29 different states and countries for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

A Detroit, MI native, Flowers is a senior urban and regional planning major and a Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholar. Marshall, a senior communications major from Montgomery, AL, is an Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program student currently part of the HBCU in LA initiative.

“Our 2023 HBCU Scholars are talented students who embody the culture of excellence and inclusion championed by our nation ’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and everyone across the Biden-Harris Administration, I congratulate each of our 2023 HBCU scholars on this prestigious recognition and thank them for their commitment to serving their communities.”

Currently enrolled at 70 of our nation’s HBCUs, this group of HBCU Scholars were selected from a competitive pool of over 300 applicants. Over the course of an academic school year, HBCU Scholars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the U.S. Department of Education, and their respective HBCU.