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Four campus students attend black leadership conference; McBean recognized

11/14/2012 —



Four students from Penn State New Kensington attended the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Nov. 2-4, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Junior Hanna McBean, sophomore Shahara Seimah and freshmen Diamond Barnett and Jevon Hankins were a part of a 350-student contingent that participated in the three-day annual event. The conference helps students develop leadership skills in addition to pursing their educational and career goals. 

McBean was recognized at the conference as one of five students selected for the Outstanding Student award. An adult student in the four-year organizational leadership program, McBean is the 2012 recipient of the Black Conference’s K. Leroy Irvis Undergraduate Scholarship. The organization awarded $9,000 in scholarships to nine African-American students from institutions from across the commonwealth. 

“I would like have my own corporation that offers extensive outreach to underprivileged youth and others facing difficult situations in life,” said McBean, who lives in New Kensington with her husband and their six children.

The Black Conference comprises professionals from the public and private sectors--education, business, social services, law and government--who are committed to improving and ensuring the education of blacks and other underrepresented groups at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. 

For more information, contact Angie Fisher, 724-334-6062 or arc1@psu.edu.

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