Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Beverly Dunston-Scott, Class of 1952, graduated with a B.S. in biology. She attended Yale University School of Nursing and graduated in 1955 with a M.S. in Nursing. She spent three years as a pediatric nurse in New York City and nurse instructor at Tuskegee Institute. In 1958 "The National League for Nursing" awarded her a fellowship and she earned a Doctorate of Education degree from New YorkUniversity, where she was also a faculty member. In 1968 HUD awarded Beverly a post-doctoral fellowship and she completed studies at RutgersUniversity, earning a Master of City and Regional Planning degree. She joined the Rutgers faculty in 1970. During her ensuing 23-year tenure at Rutgers, she developed graduate and undergraduate courses in urban/ community health, served as Associate Dean of LivingstonCollege for two years, and served on numerous statewide policy committees concerning nursing homes, access to health care for the poor, and establishment of a planning process for all health services.
Concurrent with her educational accomplishments, Beverly volunteered her vision, skills, and services for 35 years to her Newark, NJ community. Some of the programs she established and managed during these years are: Christian Advocates for Public Education: professional educators, parents, public officials, and citizens seeking to improve the quality of public schools by direct action; a Life Skills training program for the homeless to teach them skills that would enable them to live independently; training male and female citizens through "Friendly Volunteers Visitors Program" to go into hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities and bring hope and cheer to isolated and lonely persons; an after-school tutorial program for primary age children in several low-income subsidized housing communities and a summer fun program. She also launched a computer literacy program and GED program for parents in these communities.
Beverly initiated the first hospice training program to serve the Newark inner city community, which resulted in more than 300 people being trained to provide hospice services. With funding from local foundations, a hospice center was set up in Newark for cities throughout the metropolitan area.
Beverly also has been involved nationally and globally. She has traveled and worked with women in Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America. As an advocate for women, she participated in a dialogue of religious leaders at the Vatican in 2000. She conceived a volunteer health team in Uganda and raised funds for lepers in India and sanitary facilities in a remote area of Guyana.
Beverly is now Professor Emeritus at RutgersUniversity. She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. James Scott, have two daughters: Lindal, an attorney, and Kimberly, associate professor; and two granddaughters.
It is with great pleasure that the Bucknell Alumni Association honors Beverly Dunston-Scott with its service to Humanity Award.