Jasmine Lancaster ’13 has been crowned Miss Black Indiana USA 2014.
Lancaster, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will compete in the Miss Black USA national scholarship pageant on August 11, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
The South Bend, Ind., native currently works as a deputy court clerk in Indianapolis. She plans to pursue a juris doctorate in the fall, specializing in public service. After law school, she plans to work for a non-profit organization.
“I will devote my life and career endeavors to making a large, positive impact on Indiana communities and possibly communities around the world,” she said.
Lancaster created a campaign called “Educate the Whole Child,” the goal of which is to make a lasting impression on inner-city youth living in Indiana, especially minorities. Some of the activities that will take place this year include volunteer and mentor groups of college-trained individuals, which will work with elementary, middle, and high school students.
As part of the program, she will have a “free backpack” giveaway before the 2014-2015 school year. The backpack will include school supplies.
“Butler University and its professors played a vital role in molding me into who I am today,” she said. “I am grateful to be a graduate of such a wonderful university.”