Omari Bryson and Simya Levine 2023 White House Initiative
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Denmark, SC – Two Voorhees University students have been selected to participate in the White House 2023 HBCU Scholar program.  After being selected from a competitive pool of over 300 applicants, Voorhees’ students Simya Levine and Omari Bryson were chosen for this ninth cohort of HBCU Scholars.

Simya Levine is a Senior public health major from Columbia, SC with a 4.0 GPA. She currently serves as

President of the Student Government Association; is the Student Representative to the University Board of Trustees; and is a member of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College.  Her career aspirations include her desire to effect change that will prevent health disparities by creating policies that circumvent many of these issues.

Omari Bryson is a Sophomore from Rock Hill, SC with a GPA of 3.76.  His major is business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. His career goals are to secure a high-demand career in business administration and ultimately operate his own business.

This group of HBCU Scholars represents 70 of the nation’s HBCUs and recognizes 102 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from 29 different states and countries for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, civic engagement, and much more.  

Over the course of an academic school year, HBCU Scholars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the U.S. Department of Education, and their respective HBCU.

HBCU Scholars will be offered professional and personal development, and cross-university networking opportunities with an opportunity to explore, discuss, and improve issues specifically related to the HBCU community.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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