UDC News

October 1, 2009


UDC Announces Scholarship for Women in Business

Don Peebles

Washington, DC - University of the District of Columbia System President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms today announced the creation of scholarships, funded by entrepreneur real estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles. The scholarships, designed to cover tuition, fees and other expenses, will be awarded yearly to women at UDC who exemplify self-betterment and business ingenuity.

At UDC’s convocation, Mr. Peebles spoke at length about the scholarships, saying they were to honor the memory of his mother, Yvonne Willoughby Poole, who passed away this summer following a lengthy illness. Mr. Peebles credits his mother’s determination to learn the real estate industry as a defining thread in his climb to the top. In establishing the Yvonne Willoughby Poole UDC scholarships, women everywhere who sacrifice for their families are given a great opportunity to succeed.

“What a great testament to his mother and to women across this nation,” said Dr. Sessoms in announcing the scholarships. “This generous offer will make dreams come true for UDC students for years to come.”

Mr. Peebles has created a foundation that will be administered by his mother’s sisters. They will establish criteria for the awards and make them based on need, goals and other factors beginning next year.





The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371