12:00 AM

Future Ohio State students recognized by Ebony magazine

COLUMBUS - Two of the nation's top Black high school seniors will attend The Ohio State University this fall, according to the June issue of Ebony magazine. Akililu Alamerw, a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio, and Alvin Brown, from Jesup W. Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, were among the top 35 seniors recognized by the national magazine. Both will attend the Columbus campus.

Alamerz is a graduate of the Ohio State Office of Minority Affairs Young Scholars Program that helps prepare underrepresented students for college through participation in a comprehensive preparatory program from middle school through high school. The recipient of an Eastman Kodak scholarship, he maintained a 4.0 GPA as a member of the National Honor Society. Alamerz will major in nursing.

Brown was salutatorian of his senior class, graduating with a 4.1 GPA. A scholar-athlete, he was selected to the all-city academic football team and was the 2006 recipient of the Robert Momsen Scholarship awarded by the Ohio State Alumni Club of Lucas County. He will study computer engineering.

The students represent the positive outcome of collaborative efforts throughout the university to increase the pool of talented and underrepresented students who attend college said Mac Stewart, chief diversity officer and vice provost for Minority Affairs.

"Enrichment programs such as 'Young Scholars' help ensure that Ohio State is recognized as welcoming and supportive to the personal needs and academic success of an increasingly diverse and competitive student body," Stewart said.

"We look forward to their enrollment and continued success as Ohio State students."

The magazine received thousands of nominations and based its selection on students' academic performance, community service and extracurricular activities, and admission to some of the elite public and private institutions in the country.

Mabel Freeman, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, added that the future students are members of an incoming class that will help enhance the academic integrity of the university.

"For the 12th consecutive year, Ohio State will welcome the brightest and best-prepared class of first-year students this fall," Freeman said.

Ohio State was also recognized last month in Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine as one of the top universities nationally awarding degrees to minority undergraduates. The university was ranked 26th among all institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, for bachelor's degrees conferred to African American students during the 2004-05 academic year.