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Student Financial Empowerment Initiative Launches at Bowie State

October 3, 2018
Loaned EPA Executive Serves as BSU Liaison for HomeFree USA Program

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(BOWIE, Md.) – A new leadership program to educate Bowie State University students about the home-buying process and personal financial management will kick off at a Day of Empowerment event Thursday, Oct. 4 from 12-2 p.m. in the Student Center, Wiseman Ballroom, hosted by HomeFree USA. The initiative’s BSU liaison is a loaned executive from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with heading special projects during her year at Bowie State.

Hopeful students wearing BSU shirts walk down stairs

Students are encouraged to attend the Day of Empowerment event to learn about the fellowship program open to undergraduates called the Center for Financial Advancement through the university’s new partnership with HomeFree USA. Entrepreneur and author of “Campus CEO” Randal Pinkett will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Through the Center for Financial Advancement initiative, up to 40 undergraduate students will be selected for a yearlong fellowship, which connects talented students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to opportunities in the mortgage and real estate finance industry. Fellows will participate in educational workshops throughout the academic year and receive a $300 stipend.

The fellows selected for the Center for Financial Advancement will engage in power sessions that elevate their money and credit management skills, introduce them to industry leaders and explore the benefits of homeownership. Eligible fellows are undergraduate students with a grade point average of 2.7 or better who submit an online application and recommendation letters.

Linda Gray Headshot

Bowie State’s new loaned executive from the EPA, Linda Gray, is the university’s liaison for the initiative. Gray, who has many than 20 years of progressive experience in personnel management, has served as the director of human resources at the EPA since 2016. Prior to joining the EPA, she worked in human resources at several federal agencies, including the Customs and Border Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

Since arriving at Bowie State in April 2018, she has led several individual and group resume-writing workshops for students, as well as facilitated StrengthsFinder sessions with Freshman Seminar classes to help students identify their abilities. As the liaison for the HomeFree USA partnership, she coordinates Bowie State’s participation in the Center for Financial Advancement. The partnership with HomeFree USA and the EPA loaned executive program brings additional possibilities to students and faculty for educational resources and opportunities.



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