July 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: July 7, 2009
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
Exemplary Student Chosen to Receive Dr.
Regina Lightfoot Award
Late MHEC Director was widely regarded by
her peers and students
ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 7, 2009) - Secretary of
Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., and Mr. Ross Conover,
President of the Maryland Higher Education Commission
Student Advisory Council (SAC), are pleased to announce that
Mr. Justin T. White has been selected as the 2009 recipient
of the Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award given by the
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).
The award is named after MHEC’s former Director of Academic
Affairs who passed away in 2007. Dr. Lightfoot was renowned
for her work with young people including serving as MHEC’s
advisor to the SAC. Her outstanding work at MHEC was admired
throughout the higher education community in Maryland.
The SAC took it upon themselves last year to name the award
after Dr. Lightfoot because of their deep admiration for her
both personally and professionally. The SAC includes student
volunteer representatives from all Maryland colleges and
universities. It meets monthly to discuss current issues in
higher education and provide a student voice to MHEC.
Justin was selected for this statewide honor by his peers
who sit on the SAC. He received this recognition for his
outstanding commitment and work with Loyola’s Center for
Community Service and Justice. Justin graduated in May from
Loyola College in Maryland with a major in sociology. He is
from Philadelphia, PA.
In his first week of college, Justin became active with
community outreach and engagement in Loyola’s S.O.S.
(Student Orientation to Service) program. Later he
single-handedly recruited 40 students to tutor four
afternoons a week in a Baltimore high school. Beyond his
successful recruiting he designed a tutor orientation, set
up training sessions, arranged transportation and offered
ongoing tutor support. Justin has also volunteered in food
programs and transitional housing for homeless people in
Sr. Catherine Gugerty, SSND, who nominated Justin for the
recognition, said Justin’s life is not about a single
service project or even a few. His life is about investing
time with and learning from others in all corners of
society. “What he has taken from those experiences has made
him a stand out, a model for all of us!” said Sr. Catherine.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry