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Stacie Royster                                                                     
Media Relations Manager

Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Communication Specialist

Howard University Hosts 50 Gentlemen Scholars Program Participants
Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele and Congressman Elijah Cummings to Address Group

Washington, D.C., (April 19, 2006) – Approximately 50 male students who have been accepted to Howard University will visit campus April 20-22, 2006, as part of the Gentlemen Scholars program. The program aims to facilitate the recruitment and retention of Black men who are talented in the areas of leadership and scholarship who will be further enriched while at Howard University and thereby becoming an integral part of the University’s mission to provide Leadership for America and the Global Community.

“In an effort to address the under-enrollment of males in higher education, especially African-American male students, Howard University Office of Admission is working with the Gentlemen Scholars initiative to increase the number of males entering colleges and universities,” said Linda Sanders-Hawkins, Interim Director of Admission.  “We are excited to haveLieutenant Governor Michael Steele, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Ruby Dee, along with Howard University professors, to address the participants.”

Each participant will be housed in a dormitory and paired with a male student host, representing various majors and programs, providing a glimpse of the Howard University experience. The experience will include opportunities to sit in on classes, campus tours, information sessions about academic programs and services, a forum on the “State of the Black Male,” and recreational opportunities.

To learn more about the Gentlemen Scholars Program, call (561)762-1023 or visit

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


Schedule Highlights:

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 1 - 2 p.m.
Black Men & Education
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele
Blackburn Center, East Ballroom

Saturday, April 22, 2006, 2:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.
Gentlemen Honors Ceremony
Elijah Cummings, Congressman, Maryland House of Representative
School of Business Auditorium



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