Assist us in congratulating seniors Rhyan Lake and Virgil Parker on being named 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars by the White House Initiative on HBCUs. On June 24, 2020, President Frederick shared this great news with the Howard University community and had this to say:
"On behalf of the entire Howard University community, it brings me great pleasure to congratulate senior students Rhyan Lake and Virgil Parker on their selection as 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They will serve for one academic school year representing Howard University in the 2020-2021 cohort of Competitiveness Scholars – the initiative's highest student recognition.
Rhyan Lake, a senior political science major, strategic, legal, and management communications minor, from Nashville, Tenn., is an award-winning student leader. She has successfully competed on the Howard University Mock Trial Team winning eight Outstanding Attorney awards from the American Mock Trial Association. She served as the 2019-2020 deputy chief of staff for the School of Communications Student Council and will serve as the chief policy advisor for the Howard University Student Association in the upcoming academic year.
Off campus, Lake has pursued her passion for electoral politics with a variety of internships, from non-profit organizations to positions on Capitol Hill. In her home state, she served as an intern for the Tennessee Democratic Party and the Mariah Phillips for Tennessee campaign. Lake looks forward to a long career in politics as a manager for major political campaigns for progressive candidates across the country."