Oct 01, 2018
BSC Student Leader Selected as a "2018 HBCU Competiveness Scholar"
Yogi Berra may have had Bluefield State College's Robert Brown in mind when he said, "I wish I had his future instead of my
past." Brown was one of an elite group of students selected as a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities'
2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar. This September, he participated in the Competitiveness Scholars Conference in Washington,
DC. He was accompanied at the conference by Dr. Guy Sims, BSC's Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The BSC student, a junior majoring in accounting, was selected for the program because of his academic achievement, campus
and civic involvement, and entrepreneurial ethos. "The conference's theme was 'HBCU Competitiveness: Aligning Institutional Missions
with America's Priorities,'" he explained. Joining student leaders from other HBCUs, Brown attended conference workshops focused
upon improving leadership, encouraging ongoing personal and professional development, and discovering areas of innovation and
Brown found the vehicle for expressing his interest in entrepreneurism two years ago, founding Lootswaay Clothing in Brooklyn,
NY. "At the Competitiveness Scholars Conference, I realized that my professional dreams were truly achievable," he continued. "We
were encouraged to think big, and we learned how to access the resources needed to turn our dreams into reality."
During the conference, students were grouped into teams of 5-6 members, showcasing their individual and collective talents
across the HBCU spectrum. "We concentrated upon adopting a strength of HBCUs for use in our entrepreneurial pursuits," he said.
"Historically Black Colleges have a tradition of using their limited resources most effectively to achieve dreams and goals."
He now wants to launch an entrepreneurship hub at Bluefield State The hub would encourage students to think entrepreneurially,
augment their financial literacy, and help them to access success-enhancing resources. "The hub will help students learn how to pursue
funding and increase their knowledge base by participating in business competitions," he noted
Brown's enthusiasm is genuine, and his goals are focused. His motivation—"I do what I do because I want to inspire others to
think big, then helping them move forward in an informed way to achieve their dreams,"
A master of time management, Brown is also a standout player on the BSC basketball team. He encourages BSC students
interested in learning more to contact him @ 980-238-9140.
(cutline)—Bluefield State College student Robert Brown (left) is pictured with Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President during a
brief ceremony at the College. Brown was presented a framed letter of congratulations from U.S. Senator Shelley Moore
Capito, recognizing his selection as a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities' 2018 HBCU