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The University of the District of Columbia Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the
availability of the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Scholarship. The endowed scholarship fund was established by Robert D. Newsome in honor and memory of his wife, Phyllis, an advocate for community relations, and legislative and constituent services. Mrs. Newsome graduated with
honors from the University of the District of Columbia Division of Urban Affairs, Behavioral
and Social Sciences in 1994 and also hosted a sports radio show at the University. The Phyllis Campbell Newsome Scholarship provides merit scholarships to women majoring in Urban
Studies at the University of the District of Columbia.
Applicants must reside in the District of Columbia or Montgomery
County, Maryland, be enrolled as a parttime or fulltime student in the
University’s fouryear Urban Studies Program, and maintain a cumulative
grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A TYPEWRITTEN DOUBLE-SPACED 500 WORD ESSAY ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS (GRADUATING HIGHSCHOOL SENIORS SELECT FROM THE TOPICS MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK *
1. Choose a favorite movie, book, quote or quotation and explain how it personally
impacted your education at the University of the District of Columbia.
2. Ronald Heifetz, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership said: “People don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering
difference.” Reflect on a situation at the University of the District of Columbia
in which you encountered difference and describe the circumstance. What did
this experience teach you?
3. President William L. Pollard selected the theme of the University of the District of Columbia: “A new day, a new opportunity.” Write what this means
4. “Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment. That is why the schools charged with educating African Americans have perhaps, the greatest, the deepest challenge of all.” Barbara Jordon, Lawyer and
U.S. Congressperson Explain how the quotation is personally meaningful to you and your education
at the University of the District of Columbia.
**INCOMING HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS CHOOSE FROM THE TOPIC BELOW:
1. Congress has just voted to allow 18 year olds to run for president of the
United States. You have decided to run for that office. Why have you
chosen to run and what are your three most important agenda items?
2. If you could change places with another person for one year (past or present), who would you choose to be, why and what would you do?
3. When someone asks you to describe yourself, where do you beginwith
your agenda, your race, your religion or your talents? Everyone is multifaceted. What would you bring to the University of the District of Columbia community?
Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from persons other than family members who know the applicant well; one (1) letter
from a principal, president, dean, chairperson, teacher, professor, counselor, or a community leader. Applications must include official
copies of school or college transcripts.