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Harry A. and Julia B. Craft Scholarship

The University of the District of Columbia Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the Harry A. and Julia B. Craft Scholarship award.  The scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students residing in the District of Columbia and majoring in the four-year Electrical and Electronics Engineering Program (included civil, mechanical and computer engineering) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

Administration  of the Program       Scholarship recipients will be selected by the University of the District of Columbia Scholarship Committee and will be responsible for monitoring the recipients’ grades.

Amount of the Scholarship         No more than four awards will be made at any one time for a period of four years to cover tuition and fees.

Eligibility  Criteria              

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:
a.   be a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS);
b. have a GPA of 2.0 at the high school level and maintain a 2.5 at thecollege level;
c. be enrolled at the University in a full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours) engineering program leading to an undergraduate degree;
d. be an entering freshman or a continuing student;
e. submit an official high school or college transcript; and
f. complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Submit a typewritten double-spaced 500 word essay on one of the following topics (graduating high school seniors select from the topics marked with an asterisk *):

1.   Choose a favorite movie, book, quote or quotation and explain how it is personally impacted your education at the University of the District of Columbia.

2.   Ronald Heifetz, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership said:  “People don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference.”  Reflect on a situation at the University of the District of Columbia in which you encountered difference and describe the circumstance.  What did this experience teach you?

3.   President William L. Pollard selected the theme of the University of the District of Columbia:  “A new day, a new opportunity.”  Write what this means to you.

4.   “Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.  That is why the schools charged with educating African Americans have perhaps, the greatest, the deepest challenge of all.”  Barbara Jordon, Lawyer and U.S. Congressperson 
Explain how the quotation is personally meaningful to you and your education at the University of the District of Columbia.

*Incoming High School Students choose from topics below:

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 begin–with  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?


Application  Procedure   
Applicants must submit an essay, three (3) letters of recommendation from a  principal, dean,  chairperson,  counselor, advisor,   teacher,   professor,  or  community leader, and a completed University of the District of Columbia scholarship application on or before March 1 (if this date falls on a non workday, the next business day applies), to:

University of the District of Columbia Foundation, Inc.

Attn:  Edna M. King

4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Building 39, Room 301N
Washington, D.C.  20008
Telephone: (202) 274-5312

UDC Foundation, Inc.

Office Hours 9 - 5:30 Mon - Fri
phone 202.274.5312 email foundation@udc.edu


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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.