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Dillard Alumnus Donates $1 million for Endowed Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
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IMG 1025(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Jimmie Edwards, a 1970 graduate of Dillard University recently donated $1 million to his alma mater to establish an endowed scholarship for deserving students. This is one of the largest single contributions ever given by an alumnus and it establishes the largest endowed scholarship in Dillard’s history.

“I received a full scholarship in 1966 and without that I would not have been able to go to college,” Edwards said. “I felt like I owed Dillard a repayment for their investment because it gave me an opportunity to have a different life,” he added.

“Mr. Edwards’ enthusiasm for making this gift is amazing,” said Marc Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement.  “We are inspired, not only by his tremendous generosity, but also by his incredible desire to pay forward the assistance that he received as a student at Dillard,” Barnes noted.  “Edwards is truly a great example of the Dillard Difference.”

The eldest of five, Edwards recalled that his family was extremely poor and there was no way he would have been able to go to school without a full scholarship. Edwards says he always wanted to make a substantial gift to Dillard and when he saw a story about an alumnus who had given a million dollars to an HBCU he was inspired to do the same. “I’m just giving back and repaying Dillard for their investment,” he said.

Edwards pointed out that Dillard is an institution where many of its students are on financial aid and that the investment being made in them should be repaid once they have an opportunity to give back. With that said, he is challenging alumni to give and collectively match what he has given.

After graduating from Dillard with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Edwards worked as a research chemist in Akron, Ohio. While working full time as a chemist he also attended Kent State University where he obtained his MBA in 1974. He later joined the sales and marketing team at Amoco in Atlanta. He remained with the company through a succession of corporate changes, as Amoco became BP, then INESO, a $54 billion international petrochemical company. He retired in 2008 after nearly 40 years in the industry.

Edwards is currently employed during the summer season as a customer service agent with Delta airlines in Charlotte, N.C.

HBCU Digest Selects Dillard University As Finalists in Six Award Categories PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS - Dillard University ranks among the finalists in six “Best Of” categories sponsored by the HBCU Digest annual awards ceremony that will be held this week on Dillard’s campus. The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities.


Each year it sponsors the HBCU Awards event to honor, acknowledge and celebrate achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country.


Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

The HBCU Awards ceremony will be held July 10 during the HBCU National Media Summit, which is July 9-11 at Hampton University in Virginia. 


From a pool of 430 nominations, Dillard University was selected as a finalist in the following areas: Best Choir; Best Fine Arts Program – (Film and Theater); Best Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics STEM Program (Physics); Female Faculty of the Year  - Kemberley Washington; Male Alumnus of the Year – Michael Jones, ‘82; and Male President of the Year – Dr. Walter Kimbrough. Click to see other finalistsand categories.


Proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (CHMA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the mission, culture and development of America’s historically black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education. There is still time to register for the 2015 Summit. Click on the link to register and for more details and registration.

MEDIA ADVISORY - Dillard University Students to hold Prayer for Charleston, SC at 5 p.m., Friday, June 19 PDF Print E-mail
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WHAT:           Prayer for Charleston, South Carolina Community

WHEN:           Friday, June 19, 2015.

                      5 p.m.  (arrive 15 minutes early)


WHERE:        Flag Pole – Center of campus

                      Dillard University

                     2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122


WHY:             The Office of the Chaplain and emerging scholars are inviting members of the campus community to join in a prayer for the members of the Emanuel AME Church and the residents of the Charleston community.  The group will pray and have a moment of silence for the people of Charleston in acknowledgement of this tragedy and to show support to another community that is suffering from grief and loss at this time.

Dillard University Awarded $2.2 Million in NIH and Department of Defense Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Grants will provide career and research opportunities for students

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Dillard University recently received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense. The National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH recently awarded Dillard almost $1.4 million through its Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) initiative, to increase both the number of students engaged in biomedical research as undergraduates and the number of students that subsequently pursue STEM graduate degrees.  According to Dr. Ruby Broadway, the grant’s principal investigator, Dillard’s grant will focus primarily on identifying students interested in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology and providing these students with tuition support, rigorous mentored research experiences, and other academic support to better ensure they complete undergraduate study and enroll in graduate school.

Dillard’s MARC grant will also coincide with the University’s other NIH-funded initiatives, including the Center of Excellence and their NIH endowment grant for health disparities research.  The MARC grant  beganJune 1st. and continue through 2020.  Dillard becomes one of about forty or so MARC grantees in the US and one of only three in Louisiana.

As a part of two multi-year projects, Dillard was also awarded an additional $744,000 from the U.S.Department of Defense’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and Army Research Lab.  According to Dillard’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the new awards are part of a continued investment from DOD. Both grants are provided to expand Dillard's and DOD’s research interests in advanced pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. The advanced PLD laboratory and research directed by Abdalla Darwish, professor of physics, focuses primarily on the development of advanced thin film for a number of  defense and other applications.                        

Thus far, this project has resulted in three patents pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Professor Darwish’s advanced PLD –Thin-Film research was the topic of a recent lecture at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dillard’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Yolanda Page, said that all these grants have direct benefits to students. “In addition to their discovery potential, these awards provide exceptional learning experiences and provide opportunities for students to engage in top-flight research experiences,” Page said.

For additional information contact Dillard’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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partner to bring technology building program to young African American males

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – On Saturday, May 29, twenty young African American males in Central City will participate in a culminating exercise that marks the completion of a 12-week pre-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel on Dillard’s campus. 

The program is the result of a partnership with Dillard University and “You Do Matter” with funding provided by the City of New Orleans’ Edward Wisner Donation Fund and LSU Health Sciences Center – Minority Health Disparities.  The 12-week computer technology program provided participating youth with basic skills of understanding the future direction of technology. “This opportunity opens doors for young scholars to become instrumental in the design and assembly of computers, rather than the traditional end user,” said Nick Harris, director for Dillard’s Office of Community Relations. 

“Many of these young males are from single-parent families with mostly mothers,” said Harris.

“We chose Central City because there’s a great need for this type of program that will expose youth to technology in a different way and give them something to do on Saturdays that could lead to a career,” Harris added. When the program was first introduced there was an overwhelming interest and they tried to accommodate as many students as possible, according to Harris. “We didn’t want to turn anyone away,” he said. 

Josh Williams, a 1991 computer science graduate of Dillard and coordinator for “You Do Matter” at New Hope Baptist Church’s Technology Center, is committed to giving back by teaching males ages five to twenty-one about technology and how to put computers together. “Instructors come from corporations, businesses and the college community,” Williams said. He noted that most are volunteers who are excited to teach youth something they generally don’t get in the classroom.

Harris reiterated that the response to the program has been so overwhelming that a 10-week summer program is scheduled to begin June 10.

For more information regarding “You Do Matter” and the computer instructional program call Nick Harris at 504.816.4704.

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