Community Scholar Award

The Community Scholar Award is given in honor of the Scott and Williamson families.

Margie Scott, a life-long resident of Raleigh, NC, was the second oldest of eight children, and the first in her family to graduate high school. After attending a year of trade school, she held management positions in various service industries. She was active in faith-based and community organizations, with a supernatural drive to support, uplift, and encourage single mothers and young women.

Both Eva and Leroy Williamson cheerfully served their communities in multiple capacities and have had a life-long commitment to education and learning. Eva Williamson's love of learning led her to become the first in her family to go to college and the second Black woman in the Technology and Science program at the University of Dayton. Leroy Williamson, a North Carolina native, proudly served in the U.S. Army and then completed his education at North Carolina Central University, majoring in History and Mathematics.

Award Amount

  • $500 annually

Award Eligibility

  • Open to PhD, DNP, MSN, and ABSN students

Award Use

The award can be used for the following:

  • Student involved health promotion activities with underserved areas or populations in the Durham or Raleigh community. If the applicant is not proposing a project, they should provide clear evidence of their past and current engagement in community health in their personal statement.
  • Individual or group funding for a small community project. Projects may take the shape of, but are not limited to:
    • Speaker(s)
    • Mini-conference
    • Workshop
    • Film showing
    • Seed money to establish new community-academic collaborations
    • Small research or practice opportunities
  • Collaborative projects with historically minority serving institutions

Special consideration will be given to proposals that include how the project relates to health of women and families.

How to Apply

Applications should be no longer than two to three pages and including the following:

  • Personal Statement: Describe your involvement with and commitment to community health. Discuss how this award might support your personal and/or professional goals.
  • Project Description: If proposing a project, also include a description of the proposed activity. Provide information on the need that the project will address, community partners, the number of anticipated participants, and objectives of the proposed activity.
  • Budget: Include a budget to show how the funds will be used to support the community project. A budget is not required if award is to recognize past work.

Important Dates

  • Application opens January 20, 2022
  • Application closes March 21, 2022
  • Decisions presented at DUSON May Award Ceremony

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