DYC Alumna Wins Schomburg Graduate Fellowship
Buffalo, New York – March 17, 2014 – Whittney Smith, a 2013 graduate of D’Youville’s Sociology Program, was awarded a University at Buffalo Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship that will pay for her graduate tuition plus a $24,000 stipend over two years. She will be a student in the University at Buffalo’s Social Work (MSW) program this fall.
The Fellowship Program is sponsored by New York State and offers support for students in doctoral and master’s level programs across the state university system. Students must demonstrate “that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.”
Students in the program have outstanding academic credentials, which contribute to an impressive graduation and retention rate of close to eighty percent, according to the Foundation.
“Whittney’s future is unlimited and the D’Youville Sociology faculty is extremely proud of her,” says Dr. Julia Hall, professor of sociology in the Liberal Arts Department and Smith's academic advisor. “Although students pursue diverse careers within the program, this is the type of success story that typifies what happens to sociology majors.”
Arthur A. Schomburg (1874-1938) was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the U.S. who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society.
His belief that “history must restore what slavery took away” led to his collecting one of the world’s largest library of African-American books, prints, and artifacts. His private collection became the basis for the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library’s Division of Black Literature, History and Prints, which opened in 1925.
In 1972 it was renamed the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is recognized today as the world’s leading and most prestigious repository for materials and artifacts on black cultural life.
Smith is a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City.
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