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HU Students are Tickled Pink


As times are tough with a suffering economy and college tuition on the rise, students are looking for outlets to help them pay for their higher education. So it came as a surprise to some Hampton University students when some extra funds deposited into their student accounts.

Eight lucky HU students were awarded scholarships presented by Victoria’s Secret PINK and Limited Brands Foundation in partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation. The companies donated $20,000 in scholarships to help students with their education at their “Home by the Sea” for the 2009-2010 academic year. Eight HU students received $2,500.  

With most scholarships, recipients either apply or are nominated by another person. However, these recipients were chosen by the HU Financial Aid Office based on fulfilling the criteria established by The Tom Joyner Foundation.

The HU scholarship recipients are Asia Poteat, Brittany Riddock, Imani Tuck, Sumayya Holmes, Jasmine Butler, Lakeeta Owens, Eunice Collier, and Jada Manggrum.

“I have worked very hard on my academics and extracurricular activities during my tenure at HU and at first it made me feel like my hard work wasn’t getting noticed,” said senior elementary education major Eunice Collier. “We all go through periods during school when we get discouraged, so this award has helped to keep me motivated.”


Four other historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) also received scholarships including Florida A&M University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Southern University. These HBCUs are recent additions to Victoria’s Secret PINK Collegiate Collection.

In December 2008, Victoria’s Secret added HBCUs to its PINK Collegiate Collection and HU was in the line-up. The PINK Collegiate Collection features college loungewear such as hoodies, fleece pants, and T-shirts.

“I love shopping at Victoria’s Secret, especially for their PINK line, and I like the idea that they have teamed up with HBCUs,” said Collier.  

HU students can purchase Victoria’s Secret PINK apparel at local malls including Patrick Henry, Macarthur, Lynnhaven, Greenbrier, and Chesapeake Square.

Besides this recent scholarship given to the selected students, Victoria’s Secret PINK also encourages students to apply for a paid internship as a Victoria’s Secret PINK campus representative at www.vspinkoncampus.com. Students would be able to receive job experience in marketing, public relations, and event planning by promoting their school’s PINK line. Another incentive that displays how companies are helping students pay for their college education and earn the experience they need.

-Mya Singleton