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HBCU Digest Honors Hampton University with Three Awards
07/14/2017 - #4
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2017) — Hampton University first year pharmacy school student Aria Hill, alumna Malia Tate-DeFrietas, and student organization Service Spree won awards in three separate categories at the 2017 HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Awards ceremony. 
 
"I applaud all HBCUs for their hard work and dedication to educating and transforming lives,” said Dr. William R.Harvey, Hampton University President. “I am honored that the HBCU Digest chose Hampton students to receive such prestigious awards. To all nominees, both students and colleagues, I commend you for a job well done."

Service Spree, an organization that solicits Hampton University student volunteer assistance for social service organizations throughout Hampton Roads, won in the category of Best Student Organization. Hill founded Service Spree in 2015 during her sophomore year at Hampton University. Hill also took home the award for Female Student of the Year for her academic and social accomplishments during her time at Hampton University. 

“Winning these awards means that my works are noticed but remain unfinished,” said Hill. “These honors give me more motivation to work harder, to not only live up to these titles, but to continue to expand, grow and learn.”
 
Tate-DeFrietas took home the award for Female Athlete of the Year. In her three-plus seasons at Hampton, Tate-DeFrietas earned a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year award and two MEAC Player of the Year honors. Her senior season was cut short due to injury, but not before she became only the second player in Hampton women's basketball history to score 2,000 points on the way to 2,214 career points. 

“It was truly an honor to represent every female athlete that attends an HBCU,” said Tate-DeFrietas. “I didn't think I would because of my season-ending injury but I am truly humbled that I was able to represent my alma mater and family last night.”  

The HBCU Digest selected finalists from more than 175 nominations from HBCUs around the country based upon media exposure and significant improvements made within each school during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Winners were selected by a panel of HBCU presidents, chancellors, alumni, students, and media members who cover HBCUs.
 
For a full list of 2017 HBCU Award Winners Click Here

 

 

 

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