Twenty-two VSU students participated in the 17th Annual Leadership Institute organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), October 20-24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nearly 400 students participated this year from TMCFs 47 member institutions. The VSU contingent was tied for the second largest amongst the member schools.
VSU was represented by 9 seniors, 9 juniors, and 4 sophomores, and the group included students majoring in majors as diverse as computer science, criminal justice, mathematics, biology, computer engineering and political science. The group was led by TMC Campus Ambassador Mr. Jason Daniels (Senior, Computer Science), Dr. Aurelia Donald (Department of Management Information Systems) and Dr. Daniel Roberts (Honors Program and TMCF campus coordinator).
President Abdullah and Provost Palm hosted a lunch with the students prior to their departure where they emphasized the importance of programs like TMCF’s Leadership Institute for students to develop their leadership skills and to interview with leading companies for highly competitive internships and jobs. Ultimately, the VSU students proved to be in high demand for internship and job interviews at a broad range of companies including, Altria, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Pfizer, Hershey, and JP Morgan. The program concluded with TMCFs 30th Anniversary Gala on October 24, where the new incoming TMCF President and CEO, and current Delaware State University President, Dr. Harry Lee Williams, was announced.
Roberts commented, “VSU students continue to receive considerable attention at Leadership Institute, both as young developing leaders and as excellent prospective interns and employees. I was extremely proud of this group of students, and am grateful to TMCF for all of the support they provided our students at LI and throughout the year.”