Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize

In April 1986, the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (WBAC) established a memorial fund to honor deceased alumni of African descent. The memorial honors the memory and spirit of Bruce D. Hall '77, James "Donnie" Rochester '74, and Dwight L. Greene '70. In its wisdom, the Council agreed that the most fitting honor of the spirit of deceased alumni was through a scholarship to enrich and expand the education of an African American student. The WBAC established a scholarship to provide financial support to a student of African descent who wishes to pursue a summer project related to the African American experience. The amount of the stipend is generally around $3,500.


A student who wishes to apply for the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize must submit a proposal that includes the following:

  1. A personal statement that includes a discussion of the applicant's intellectual and academic interests and their relationship to the African American experience.
  2. A description of the research plan. For example, the research problem/thesis and the methodology that will be used to explore the problem/thesis.
  3. An itemized budget that describes how the stipend will be used.

Upon completion of the project, the recipient is required to submit a written report to the WBAC Memorial Prize Selection Committee and must present the findings at an alumni event during the following academic year.

The application deadline is in the early spring. If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact Dean Jennifer Wood, Class of 2014, x2758  before the end of February.

Benefits to the Recipient

The University will name one recipient each academic year as the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Prize recipient. During the Dwight Greene Symposium on Homecoming/Family Weekend, the student will be highlighted to the audience and have an opportunity to give brief remarks about their project. The recipient will also be celebrated in the annual Awards and Scholarships reception and book presented by the Office of the Dean of the College.

Please be aware that recipients of the Dana and Mellon awards and other paid summer internships are not eligible to apply for the WBAC Memorial Prize. A student will not be permitted to accept another award or paid summer internship in conjunction with the WBAC Prize. An applicant may, however, use proposals that were submitted for other funding to apply for the WBAC Prize.