Today’s Black History Month spotlight is being shone on Julie Cromitie, who was a secondary education major at Penn State from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1964, Cromitie was elected as the first Black president for the Association of Women Students, which arranged social, cultural and educational activities for women at Penn State. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historically black sorority and was also the first black person elected as a Miss Penn State Finalist.
In 1965, she was the first black student to receive the Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award, which was the most prestigious student award given by the university. The criteria to receive this award included high academic achievement, good citizenship and participation and leadership in student activities.
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