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More than 330 of 489 students at Wilberforce University came together and threatened to leave school for nearby Central State University in order for their voices to be told.

Wilberforce students rallied at least twice during the 2013-2014 academic year, protesting against high tuition costs, mold concerns and a reduction in services including dorm space.

“[Students] came together, got withdrawals and marched to get transfer papers. If we are not heard, over 200 students will transfer,” said Brandon Harvey, a member of the student government at the time.

For their outreach and advocacy efforts in the campus community, Wilberforce is a nominee at The 2013 HBCU Awards for Best Student Government Association.

The Third Annual HBCU Awards highlights the best historically black colleges have to offer–and winning awards mean bragging rights.

“Since capturing the 2011 HBCU of the Year award, Paul Quinn College has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and several higher education publications for its work in diversity, social justice and community advocacy,” according to The HBCU Awards official website.

Jackson State University will host The 2013 HBCU Awards on June 27-29.

Competition for awards given are fierce, from Best Marching Band and Best Student Newspaper to Female President of the Year and the prestigious HBCU of the Year–you name it, The HBCU Awards have it.

Check out the nominees


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