UDC News


July 3, 2007

University of the District of Columbia Student Wins Sister City Scholarship  



            Washington, DC - William Kellibrew IV, former president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association of the University of the District of Columbia, has been selected as the recipient of a Sister City Agreement Scholarship.  Under this scholarship, Kellibrew will attend the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom for the fall semester of the 2007-2008 academic year.  A reception recognizing this award and to launch the partnership activities of this agreement is scheduled for July 26, 2007, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Windows Lounge, Building 38, at the University of the District of Columbia.

            A native Washingtonian, Kellibrew has been a student leader since stepping on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia.  In addition to serving two terms as student government president, he is also a member of the University’s tennis team, and is the recipient of an internship with Miller Brewing Company, working this summer with the company for the second consecutive summer.
            The City of Washington, D. C. and the City of Sunderland, U.K. have mutually agreed to enter into a Protocol Agreement that will create closer friendship and cooperation between both cities to develop programs and relationships mutually beneficial to the citizens of both cities.  Under this Agreement, Councilor  Robert Symonds, leader of Sunderland City Council and Adrian Fenty, Mayor of the District of Columbia, have agreed to further the mutual interests and goals of both cities to benefit the people of Sunderland and the District of Columbia.  Both cities will exchange information and cooperate on activities of historic ties based on the ancestral home of George Washington (which is located in Sunderland), economic development with a focus on tourism protection, cultural and educational institutions, social inclusion and “e-government” initiatives to promote citizen participation. During the next few years, the University of Sunderland will work on a range of projects to move forward the mission of the project.

            Located in northern England, Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university.  The quality of the courses is underpinned by excellent teacher ratings.  The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s has been cited as one of the top five in the United Kingdom and the Media Centre is helping to put Sunderland at the forefront of UK teaching and research in TV, radio, video and news media production.

            Kellibrew is the first University of the District of Columbia recipient of this scholarship; another UDC student will be awarded the second semester of this scholarship in the near future.  UDC’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Clemmie Solomon and Dr. Sheila Harmon Martin, Chair of the Department of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences, & Social Work, served as university representatives in the development of the education component of the Sister City Agreement.






            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.