Howard University Student Tamia Thompson Awarded White House Presidential Service Award

Tamiya Thompson and Little Elm Mayor, Curtis CorneliusWashington Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University Tamiya Thompson Received the 2021 White House Presidential Service Award. This award honors Thompson for contributing 176.98 hours of service to many nonprofits, including Whatsoever Is Good, Inc. and the Zero Debt College project. Thompson provides one-on-one guidance, scholarship essay writing assistance, and scholarship strategy guidelines for 10-year-olds through college-age students.

“She writes the curriculum for the weekly virtual activities of Whatsoever Is Good, Inc. where this is necessary to ensure the success of the programme,” she said. Monique Thompson, Ph.D., founder of Whatsoever Is Good, Inc. and the Zero Debt College project. “In her role as a student leader and mentor, she helps others learn reliable information about scholarships and dispel myths about the need to graduate at the top of their class or get excellent grades to avoid student loans.”

A native of Dallas, Thompson majored in political science and philosophy. She became a published writer in 2017 with the release of her book Thirteen and serves as CEO and co-founder of Project Zero Debt College, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. From her beginnings at Howard University, Thompson ran the school board trustees campaign as well as a campaign for mayor in Little Elm, Texas—both of which were successful, resulting in Little Elm Independent School electing its first black woman to the board of trustees and the city of Little Elm electing its first black mayor . She also worked as a student writer on Stories from Mecca during the spring of 2020.

Currently, Thompson is a member of the Model United Nations team and the NAACP. “Giving back to the community and advocating for marginalized groups are core values ​​to me, which is why I plan to attend law school after completing my undergraduate degree in order to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney,” says Thompson.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university consisting of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Operating with a commitment to excellence in truth and service, the university has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows, and more than 165 Fulbright Scholarship recipients. Howard also produces more African-American Ph.D’s on campus. Recipients of awards from any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit

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