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President Obama Delivers Hampton Graduation Address




President Barack Obama says all Americans have a responsibility to offer every child an education. Obama delivered the message Sunday during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University, a historically black college in Virginia.

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White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship awarded to 3 Howard U students

The White House Correspondents’ Association is distributing a record $132,500 to eighteen (18) journalism student from five prestigious universities, and will honor the recipients at its annual scholarship luncheon on Friday, April 30th .

Since 1991, the WHCA has awarded nearly $360,000 in scholarship money to 42 graduating high school seniors and college-level students. The success of this dinner allows members of the White House press corps to give back to the next generation of reporters.

The following Howard University students will each receive a $7,000 scholarship:

• Derrick Haynes

• Jasmine Norwood

• Mary Godie


2009-2010 recipients (pictured above, with President and Mrs. Obama): Curtis McCloud, Melissa Noel, and Erica Robinson. Curtis is from Columbus, Ga., and has interned WRC-TV 4, WHUT-TV 32 PBS, Cox Communications and WRVL-TV 3. Melissa is from Newark, NJ, and has interned with BBC World, WJLA-TV 7, WHUR-FM 96.3, NBC Universal, PBS, Afro-American and The Hilltop Newspapers, and blackcollegeview.com. Erica is from Hampton, Va., and has interned with SRB Communications, WHUT-TV 32 PBS, Afro-American and The Hilltop Newspapers

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The President Reforms Student Loans

Last week, the House and Senate approved a budget reconciliation bill that utterly overhauled the nation’s health care insurance system.

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There was something very interesting tucked into the bill that I could unabashedly proclaim a very good thing: an accompanying set of reforms to the quagmire of student lending. A good portion of you are probably familiar with the previous system, where private lenders extended to students loans that were guaranteed by the federal government. That arrangement was nothing short of lucrative for those lenders — earning the banking industry $70 billion, by some measures — and unsurprisingly, they were staunch opponents of the bill.

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President Obama “A Momentous Week”



Calling it a momentous week for America, President Obama touted the health care bill passed into law this week during his weekly address. He also highlighted student loan reforms that passed in the reconciliation bill on Thursday.

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President Obama calls on support fighting for health reform



President Obama calls on supporters to help finish the fight for health reform.

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Hampton U President Named Chair of Obama’s HBCU Advisory

HAMPTON — Hampton University President William Harvey was appointed chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities during a White House event Friday.

President Barack Obama appointed Harvey to the position after signing an executive order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The order provides $98 million in new funding for HBCUs and makes more money available to all college students who qualify for Pell Grants, according to BlackAmerica Web.com

Harvey said in a statement Friday that he applauds Obama for his vision and emphasis on the role that HBCUs play in America.

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White House To Invest $850 Million For Black Colleges And Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama signed the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities on February 26, acknowledging the importance of those institutions and the obstacles they currently face.

“HBCUs face tough challenges today,” Obama said to a room including about 60 HBCU presidents, Black lawmakers, students and media. “Endowments and state budgets are shrinking, too many facilities are deteriorating, enrollment is falling—and the cost of education keeps going up. And these schools feel the pain more acutely—they do more with less, and they enroll higher proportions of low- and middle-income students.”

Obama said the government will increase its funding for the nation’s HBCUs by $100 million in the fiscal year 2011 budget. He also pointed to the nearly $400 million in federal Pell Grants, many of which go to students attending Black institutions.

The survival of HBCUs is vital, the president said, to the goal of making America the world leader in college graduates by 2020.

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President Obama Speaks on Chile Quake – 8.8



President Barack Obama offered his condolences to Chile and says the U.S. stands ready to assist. He also urges residents in California and Hawaii to heed all tsunami warnings.

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