The Brawley Fund

E.M. BrawleyBucknell's first African-American student, E.M. Brawley came to Bucknell on the advice of Rev. and Mrs. B. Griffith, D.D., who gave him a scholarship. He supported himself by teaching vocal music to Bucknell students and others, and by preaching. When he graduated in 1875, he was ordained a minister by a council vote of the white Baptist church in Lewisburg where he had been preparing.

In the spirit of this history, the purpose of the E.M. Brawley Fund is to provide monies to underwrite a range of student activities, which includes but is not limited to: tutorials, workshops, research opportunities, internships, Bucknell and non-Bucknell summer study off-campus abroad and/or domestic courses, and discretionary funds that will assist students who have been historically underrepresented in these activities. Contributions to the fund will be incremental to any existing funds already budgeted by Bucknell University for similar purposes.

Selection Process

The E.M. Brawley Fund selection committee will meet on a quarterly basis during the months of September, November, February and April to review the proposals and determine the merit and consequent prioritization of proposals to be funded. The committee reserves the right to have an independent academic evaluation of any proposal to be considered during the final evaluation process. If the committee finds merit in a proposal but feels that such proposal needs more clarification or documentation the proposal will be returned to the student for revisions. The committee will allow students one opportunity to resubmit their proposal with revisions. The committee also reserves the right to recommend funding at a level different from that sought by the student submitting the proposal.

Proposals recommended for funding are chosen by a simple majority vote by the committee membership.

The committee will include the following members: the Associate Provost for Diversity, the Director of Multicultural Student Services, the Director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, and a representative from the President's Diversity Council.

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