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Benedict Scholar Selected to Participate in a Roundtable Discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, January 17

Columbia, SC– January 13, 2023- Benedict College senior Jahavheed George will join his peers from across the country for a spirited roundtable discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 

Vice President Harris’ conversation with the students will focus on various topics from entrepreneurial ventures to the impact of the Dobbs decision to mental health issues.

“I applaud Vice President Harris for opening the doors of the White House and offering a listening ear to one of our many scholars,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “I also congratulate Jahavheed on being selected to participate in this important national roundtable. He is the second BEST of BC student selected to participate in the White House Listening Session, this academic year.”

George is an accounting major in his last semester of college. He is described by those who know him well as a natural leader who is very driven and highly motivated. George serves as the treasurer of the Benedict College Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.  He was recently named a Center for Financial Advancement Scholar. 

“I am excited about this opportunity, not just as a young black man in the field of business, but as a student at the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business at Benedict College,” noted George. “I look forward to putting my best foot forward in representing my HBCU and showcasing the BEST that BC offers.”

George has professional experience working with Just Elevate, LLC, and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. He is currently working as a Finance Analyst Intern at Dominion Energy. After graduation, George plans to pursue a Certified Managerial Accountant position at a major energy company.

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About Benedict College (www.benedict.edu)

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. 

Benedict offers several high-demand fields of study in STEM, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Education. The College also has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty. 

There are over 18,000 proud Benedict Tigers throughout the nation. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150-years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. Contributing $130 million and 1,218 jobs in total local and annual economic impact, a Benedict graduate working full-time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income because of their Benedict College degree. 

Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications.  For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research.  In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest. Benedict College was listed among the top half of ranked HBCUs in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report.

Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Six of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Environmental Engineering Program, Studio Art Program, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

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