Kentucky State University is among the finalists for the HBCU Digest 2018 HBCU Awards.

The Kentucky State University Atwood Center for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal is among the finalists for best research center.

“While it seems cliche to say it’s an honor to just be nominated, the field of finalists demonstrates what an incredible privilege it is to have the work of the Atwood acknowledged in such a public and meaningful way by another institution so deeply vested in HBCU stories of us, by us,” Dr. Crystal A. deGregory, director of the Atwood Institute, said.

Dr. Kristen E. Broady is a finalist in the female faculty member of the year category.

“I am honored, humbled and excited!” Broady said.

The HBCU Awards are the first and only national awards ceremony honoring individual and institutional achievement at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country, according to a news release about the event. Winners are selected by a panel of previous winners, journalists, HBCU executives, students and alumni for the merit of accomplishment and for generating positive coverage for HBCU campus communities.

More than 700 nominations, a record number, were received for the 2018 nomination process.

The 2018 HBCU Awards will be held June 22 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel at 6 p.m. Tickets are available here.