Students Honored With New Award For
Four Years Of Academic Excellence At U.Va.
7, 1999 -- Seventy African-American students at the
University of Virginia were honored recently at an awards dinner
for their outstanding achievements in academics, leadership and
athletics. The fourth-year students, nearly 24 percent of the African-American
students graduating this year, received the Longevity of Excellence
Award for achievements exhibited throughout their years at U.Va.
Rick Turner, dean of African-American Affairs, said the award was
created this year to acknowledge African-American students who have
excelled throughout their college careers. Faculty and staff nominated
students who had maintained grade point averages of 3.4 or above
for four years.
remarks to the students Turner said, "You must continue to challenge
yourself and to excel as you move forward in your life. You are
well prepared to take the initiative in creating your own opportunities."
to enrollment statistics, U.Va. posted an 85.4 percent six-year
graduation rate among African-American undergraduates who entered
the school in 1992, one of the highest in the country. African-American
students make up about 10 percent of U.Va.'s undergraduate enrollment.
Office of African-American Affairs programs and services include
the Peer Advisor Program, the African-American Student-Faculty Mentoring
program, personal counseling and advising, academic monitoring and
outreach, leadership development, academic workshops, referral services,
the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center, student advocacy and the
Parents Advisory Association.
more information, contact M. Rick Turner at (804) 924-7923.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629.