Hampton University Junior Whitney Turner, a marketing major from Kentucky, gave the keynote address and was a scholarship recipient at the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 7th Annual Masked Ball, Dec. 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
The annual black tie event brings together hundreds of business, civic, and education leaders to provide needed funds to help college students financially.
"I am very proud to be a part of the UNCF's great legacy," said Turner, who admitted to being nervous about giving the keynote speech. But, instead of becoming intimated, she became inspired after much prayer, determination, and preparedness, she said. Her speech focused on leadership and how leaders are not mythically born creatures, but are cultivated and matured into great figures.
Hampton University has been selected as one of 25 U.S. institutions for the Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) to join the Pathways to Innovation Program by the NSF-funded National Center.
The Pathways to Innovation Program is designed to help institutions fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).