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Charles and Pamela Ogletree Endowed Scholarship

The  University of the  District of Columbia  Foundation, Inc. is pleased  to announce the  availability of the Charles and Pamela Ogletree Scholarship. The endowed scholarship fund was established  by Mr. and  Mrs. Charles Ogletree, Jr. of Cambridge, MA. Mr. Ogletree is recognized throughout the nation as an educatorand equal rights leader committed to providing  legislative services for constituents. The intent of the Charles and Pamela Ogletree Scholarship  is to provide funds to support first ­generation students who attend a college or university (first in  his or her family).

Mr. Ogletree graduated from Stanford University with degrees in political science and earned a  J.D. in 1978 from the Harvard Law School. He began his career at the Washington, DC Public  Defender’s Office  and  gained  a  reputation for his cool, collected  and  formidable  courtroom  presence. He taught law  at Antioch Law  School and  American University School of Law  in  Washington, DC. He later returned to his alma mater, Harvard Law School, as a law professor and  director for clinical programs. Mr. Ogletree served  as a  member  of the  University of the  District of Columbia Board  of Trustees from 1999 through 2006. He was elected  as chair in  2000  and  held  the position until his departure. As an advocate  for improving  educational  opportunities for needy students, he  has established scholarship  funds and  continues to voice disparities in  the  community through publications and  as a  television commentator and  moderator.

Scholarship Award:  The Charles and  Pamela  Ogletree Scholarship  is a four­year award  and  supports tuition  and fees for the spring  and  fall semesters  and summer  sessions provided the recipient remains eligible.  The student must be  a  current year District of Columbia Public  School (DCPS) graduate. Continuing eligibility for the award will be determined each year. Awards are non­transferable and non­negotiable for cash. Awardees will be known  as “Ogletree Scholars.”

Eligibility:  Applicants must reside in the District of Columbia, be enrolled as a fulltime student in a four­year program, have and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and  be  willing  to commit and  participate in one University leadership position. Applicants must submit a typewritten, double­spaced 500­word essay on one of the following topics:  1. Congress has just voted to allow 18 year olds to run for president of the United States. You have decided to run for that office. Why have you  chosen to run, and what are your three most important agenda items? 2. If you  could change places  with another person for one year (past or present), who would you choose to be, why and what would you do? 3. When someone asks you to describe yourself, where do you begin­­with  your agenda, your race, your religion or your talents? Everyone is  multifaceted. What would you bring to the University of the District of Columbia community? Applicants must  also  submit three (3) letters of recommendation from  persons other than family members who know the applicant well; one (1) letter  from a  principal, president, dean, chairperson, teacher, professor, counselor, or a  community leader. Applications must include  official  copies of school or college transcripts.

Deadline for Applicants must submit entries to the UDC Foundation, Inc. , Attn:  Ms. Applications:  Edna M. King, Bldg. 39, Rm. 301N, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20008  before  March 15 (if  this date falls on a  non workday, the next business day applies).

Selection:  Scholarship recipients will be selected by the University of the District of Columbia Scholarship Committee. For additional information, contact the  UDC Foundation, Inc. on 202.274.­5312.

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In Memoriam

Kenneth (Kenny) Maurice Taylor

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Delores Taylor, the wife of former UDC Administrartor, Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, and mother of Kenneth (Kenny) Maurice Taylor who preceded her in death, as she was called to her eternal resting home.  Mrs. Taylor was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend to all. 

Dr. and Mrs. Taylor, through foresight and philanthropy, established a living memorial to their son Kenny, whose love of gospel music was well known, by creating the Kenneth M. Taylor Memorial Scholarship at the University of the District of Columbia.  The scholarship provides financial support to students seeking to share the Taylors’ passion for life and to inspire others of the beauty and wonder of music.    

The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Kenneth M. Taylor Memorial Scholarship fund to preserve the memory of their son Kenny.