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Release Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:59 AM
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Harrison Lamar Hayes Receives Reginald F. Lewis Prize
Harrison Lamar Hayes

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2013) – In May, Harrison Lamar Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was awarded the competitive Reginald F. Lewis Prize. The $2,500 prize is awarded to the undergraduate student whose cumulative grade point average demonstrates the highest increase between their sophomore and senior years.

A native of Richmond, Va., Hayes arrived at Howard University thinking that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a businessman. After a Capitol Hill internship during his sophomore year, Hayes decided his true passion was for public policy. Later that year, he switched majors from international business to political science.

After the switch, Hayes said his academic performance improved and he became more enthusiastic about his studies. He plans to go on to study health policy in graduate school and then return to Capitol Hill to help the nation formulate a better health policy system.

In 1990, the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Inc. established the Howard University Reginald F. Lewis Fund to support various student and faculty enrichment academic activities. A cornerstone of the innovative initiative is the Reginald F. Lewis Prize. Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau bestows the award during the Commencement exercise to a graduating senior, selected from the University’s undergraduate population, whose record reflects the highest degree of academic progress.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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