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White House Initiative names JCSU student All-Star

Jheanelle LintonCharlotte, N.C. (March 18, 2014) – Jheanelle Linton, sophomore computer engineering major from St. Thomas, Jamaica, has been named HBCU All-Star of 2014 by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This new initiative recognizes and empowers outstanding student leaders to become advocates for academic success and excellence.

Linton seized the opportunity to further her education after receiving a scholarship from Johnson C. Smith University. “I always wanted to go to college but my dreams were ultimately shattered after graduating from high school knowing that I couldn’t afford it,” said Linton. “When I received a scholarship, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Chosen out of more than 445 applicants, Linton joins 74 other students who demonstrate leadership and civic engagement in their communities. They will serve as ambassadors for the initiative by promoting the value of education through their social media presence and relationships with community-based organizations.

As an HBCU All-Star, Linton will have her work featured on the Initiative’s website, participate in select regional events, network with other scholars to showcase individual or collective talent in the HBCU community and join quarterly web chats with the deputy director of the program and other professionals. Linton demonstrates leadership on campus as a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and is a Student Level Researcher working in the Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulations Lab.

In January 2013, she entered the Charlotte’s Web mentorship program as a volunteer helping at-risk high school students gain hands-on learning through technology training. She has twice been named to the JCSU President’s List.

“I enjoy my academic life and am confident that I am pursuing what will be known as my career in the very near future,” said Linton.  “Being named an HBCU All-Star, along with other achievements, will ultimately play a role in pushing me toward the finish line.”

Linton is a recipient of JCSU’s Academic Merit Scholarship, the Duke Growth STEM Scholarship, the Duke Power Scholarship, Duke STEM Annual Scholarship and IBM Scholarship.

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,300 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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