Nov. 16, 2018 (U.S. Virgin Islands) — Five University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students won the 2nd Annual HP HBCU Business Challenge competition on November 12. The national competition was hosted and sponsored by Hewlett Packard (HP), a multinational enterprise information technology company. The competition is designed to inspire future talent, foster emerging careers in technology and increase student business acumen.
The students representing UVI were Gerald Bellot, Jamilla Connor, Joash Liburd, Joevarney Herbert, and Orian Stapleton. Each student will be gifted a HP laptop and printer. If the students choose to apply for one or more open internship positions at HP, they would have the opportunity to present an interview at the HP Boise and Palo Alto locations in California during the week of January 13th. While in California, they will have dinner with the President of HP.
“These students deserve all the credit for what they have accomplished. Their entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and amazing tenacity blew the HP executive team out of their seats,” said Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Glenn Metts. “As a group, they represent the quality of our students and the importance of UVI’s Entrepreneurship Initiatives which provide them with a stage to exercise their talent.”
(UVI photo) Orian Stapleton, Joash Liburd, Jamilla Connor, Joevarny Herbert and Gerald Bellot
Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled on the two campuses: the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the St. Thomas campus. The institution offers 47 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across its five colleges and schools.