Kentucky State University is a finalist in nine categories for HBCU Digest's 2019 HBCU Awards.
HBCU Digest is a notable blog founded in 2010 that covers HBCUs, or historically black colleges and universities, around the United States, according to its website.
The KSU nominations include:
- KSU's Mighty Marching Thorobreds as a finalist in best marching band
- Magazine Onward and Upward as a finalist in best alumni publication
- KSU is a finalist for best STEM program.
- Basketball player Brooke Wallace is a finalist for female athlete of the year. Wallace led the Thorobrettes to a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.
- The university's women's basketball team is a finalist for women's team of the year.
- Madison Powell is a finalist for female student of the year. Powell represented Kentucky during the 2019 College Student Congress in Lexington and Washington, D.C., this summer.
- KSU President M. Christopher Brown II is a finalist for male president of the year
- KSU's Board of Regents in the category of board of trustees of the year
- KSU is a finalist for HBCU of the year
The awards will be announced in August at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore.
According to a KSU press release, the HBCU Awards is the first and only national awards ceremony that honors "the individual and institutional achievement" of HBCUs in the country. A panel of previous winners, journalists, HBCU executives, students and alumni select winners.
“Any success we achieve is due to cross-campus collaboration to advance the institution,” Brown said in a press release. “I’m honored to serve the commonwealth of Kentucky and the students of Kentucky State. A special thank you is due to our students, employees, alumni, friends and the Board of Regents for the great work they do for Kentucky State. Certainly, several of our difficult decisions over the last several months have unsettled traditionalists, but our university is better because we have committed to positive change. These awards speak to our commitment to continually move KSUForward.”