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Release Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 12:56 PM
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Rashad C. Dinkins Awarded Reginald F. Lewis Prize
Rashad C. Dinkins
Rashad C. Dinkins

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2014) – In May, Rashad C. Dinkins received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and was awarded the coveted 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 Mobile, Ala., Dinkins arrived at Howard as a dance major struggled with uncertainty about his educational and career path. He left Howard in the fall of 2006.

The turnaround came after a stint in retail sales. The experience inspired him to return to Howard in 2012 as an advertising major with a minor in fashion merchandising. Since then, Dinkins has worked diligently to achieve his academic standing while working full time as a Howard University employee.

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 Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick will bestow the award during the Commencement exercise on May 10, to Dinkins, the graduating senior 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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