White House Initiative Names DeAndre’ Hurley 2018 HBCU Scholar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Senior physical education and activity management major at SC State University, DeAndre’ Hurley, has been named a 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar, which is a prestigious recognition that is designed to honor current HBCU students for their competitiveness and ability to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities.


ResearchHurley is actively involved on campus. In addition to serving as the president of the Student Government Association (SGA), he is a member of the Honors College, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He will soon become a member of the Health Professions Society.


He currently leads a mentorship program, which targets younger male students. His goal is to motivate them to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves.


As a part of his legacy, he hopes to intensify school spirit and help boost retention rates by assisting with creating a new student center on campus. He aims to help with fundraising efforts for the building.


Hurley also assists with SC State’s recruiting efforts by encouraging youth from his hometown, Abbeville, South Carolina, to attend SC State while offering them insight.


“I was known in Abbeville, solely as an athlete. When I came to SC State, I realized that I could be even more. I feel as though I’m obligated to give back and let others know that they can be more than just an athlete too, and evolve as a person at SC State,” Hurley said.


To connect with opportunities that allow HBCUs to align their work with the nation’s competitiveness, he attended the HBCU Week Conference on Sept. 16-19 in Washington, D.C. He believes that his recognition as an HBCU Scholar gives him the opportunity to showcase what SC State has to offer. He also hopes to bring the resources and connections he has acquired, back to SC State to further advance the university.


Hurley hopes to connect more with SC State alumni and continue to coordinate with leaders he met at the conference, who can help the university thrive.


As a part of the criteria for being named an HBCU Scholar, he wrote an essay on why he is qualified to be an HBCU Scholar, emphasizing various aspects of his leadership abilities. He said that throughout this process, he has learned that the opportunities and career paths are endless.


Hurley’s advice for other students who are considering applying for the HBCU Scholar program is to make sure they know the appropriate business etiquette and learn how to professionally interact with people from different backgrounds.


The SGA president plans to continue leading his peers and making a positive impact at SC State. Although running for SGA president was beyond his comfort zone initially, he knew that he wanted to be involved on campus and make a difference.


“I took a leap of faith. SGA taught me how to build and maintain relationships, balance working with the student body and the administration and it definitely prepared me professionally. It has also prepared me for this moment, as an HBCU Scholar,” Hurley said.


Hurley emphasized that his strong support system keeps him steady.


“My mother and my family are my biggest supporters in life, and they are my backbone. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’m just thankful for this opportunity and I thank God for bringing me this far,” he said.


The Abbeville native plans to attend graduate school after graduating from SC State. He would like to work with professional athletes in the future.