Lincoln University student Elisabeth Bellevue has been named a 2019 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“Elisabeth’s achievement exemplifies how Lincoln University educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world,” said Lincoln President Brenda A. Allen, who nominated Bellevue.
Bellevue is one of 44 students from 34 HBCUs selected based on their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit.
Bellevue, a senior from Harrisburg majoring in strategic communications, was elected by her peers as the 2019-20 Student Government Association president. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Omega Chapter; the National Council of Negro Women; the Thurgood Marshall Law Society, the Promise Mentoring Program, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
After graduating from Lincoln, she plans to earn a master’s in public policy or public administration and attend law school, with the goal of running for congress.
“I never thought I’d be able to represent my university on this level,” Bellevue said. “I’ve dreamt it, I’ve prayed about it, and I’ve hoped, but of course, I had my doubts. Everything works according to the plan of God.”
Competitiveness Scholars are recognized for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve long-term outcomes.
Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director of the Initiative, said “the Initiative’s watchword is competitiveness, and these students are fine examples of the depth and diversity of competitive talent at our institutions. We are honored to recognize them.”
In the course of their one-year term, Competitiveness Scholars will learn and share proven and promising practices that support individual and institutional achievement, with the goal of strengthening prospects for career and life success.