Listed below is the Minority Scholarships that is offered at Bridgewater State University. To view all scholarships offered, please visit the following site:
If you would like to make a gift to any of the scholarship funds listed below, you may do so by sending your check made payable to the scholarship fund you wish to support to the attention of Shana Murrell, Director of Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 13, Bridgewater, MA 02324. All donations are tax deductible.
|Dr. Ruth Batson Scholarship|
native of Boston, Ms. Batson has been prominent in the battle against
racism, having served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission
Against Discrimination (MCAD) and representing the NAACP and leading the
challenge to the Boston Public School system for educational equality
for African American students city-wide.
In 1966, Ms. Batson co-founded the first voluntary school desegregation
program of urban/suburban exchange in the Commonwealth, the Metropolitan
Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO).
Also, Ms. Batson was the executive director of the Museum of Afro-American
History and the nation's first black female major stockholder of a locally
owned major-market radio station.
In 1990, the Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater
State College (HOBA) presented Ms. Batson with the Mary Hudson Onley Award.
in 2002, the Ruth Batson Scholarship is given to a student of
African descent who is in good academic standing and entering his/her
junior or senior year.
|Dr. Robert A. Daniel African-American Scholarship|
Artist and educator, Dr. Robert A. Daniel was
the first African-American faculty member of the Education Department
at Bridgewater State University. A
distinguished member of the campus community for three decades (1959-1989), Dr. Daniel was committed to improving race relations at the college
and helped pave the way for other people of color to become part of the
Bridgewater family. Dr. Daniel was one
of the originators of the Afro-American Award established in 1973.
Upon his retirement, the award was renamed the Dr. Robert A. Daniel African-American
his retirement, he continues to be an active member of the Monotype Guild
of New England, the New England Water Color Society, the South Shore Art
Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP). In 2003, the Massachusetts
Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College (HOBA) presented
Dr. Daniel with the Mary Hudson Onley Award along with his daughter Dr.
Beverly Daniel-Tatum, President of Spelman College.
in 2000, the Dr. Robert A. Daniel African-American Scholarship presents
two annual scholarships. The
first is presented to a senior student of African-American descent who has
achieved the highest academic average during his or her years as an
undergraduate student, and the second to a sophomore student who has
demonstrated the most significant improvement in academic performance over
his or her freshman year.
|Paul L. Gaines Scholarship|
As an administrator, Paul L. Gaines Sr., '68, worked to set up and
coordinate minority programming at BSU from 1968 to 1996.
Mr. Gaines worked to assure ethnic diversity and understanding across
the college campus. After
receiving his master's from BSU in May of 1968, he was hired to recruit and
assist minority students. During
the next three decades, Mr. Gaines worked to recruit minority students to
BSU, and then assist them both academically and socially while on campus to
assure their eventual success.
Gaines established the Afro-American Society and PROGRESS, helping students
with difficulty in the residence halls and talking to professors about
changing attitudes. His titles kept changing, from director of PROGRESS to
director of minority affairs to assistant to the president for affirmative
action and minority affairs, but his job was basically the same, make
sure each student, regardless of color or race, has a fair chance at an
in 2001 by the Afro-American Alumni Association, the Paul L. Gaines
Scholarship is presented to an
undergraduate student making satisfactory progress. Preference is
given to Black, Cape Verdean and Hispanic students of African descent from
Massachusetts or Rhode Island who are majoring in Education and preparing
for careers in Teaching or Counseling.
|Professor Henry Santos Scholarship|
Prof. Henry Jose Santos, retired Professor of
Music at Bridgewater State University, has studied and performed the works of
classicist in the United States and Europe.
Among his many performances are those at Jordan Hall, Harvard
University with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Salle Gaveau
in Paris, and in New York, Philadelphia and Lugano, Switzerland.
He was also selected to perform the winning composition with the
Chilean Symphony Orchestra in Santiago, Chile and was a finalist in the
Gottschalk Competition for Pianist and Composers sponsored by the Pan
American Association. Prof.
Santos completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the School of
Fine Arts and Applied Arts, Boston University.
Prior to his 1971 appointment at Bridgewater State College, he taught
piano at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts for 18
years. During his tenure with the Music Dept. at Bridgewater State
College, Prof. Santos was one of the originators and supporters of the Dr.
Robert A. Daniel Scholarship, was a founding Commissioner of the
Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement, has lectured throughout the
Commonwealth about the history and influence of African Americans in jazz
and other forms of music and has established an annual summer piano
institute at Bridgewater State University for students from the surrounding
cities and towns.
in 2003 by the Afro-American Alumni Association, the Professor Henry
Santos Scholarship is given to assist a Black, Cape Verdean or
Hispanic student of African descent who is entering his/her junior year with
a 3.0 grade point average. This
student must be a Massachusetts resident who is majoring in either Special
or Elementary education. Native
Americans will also be eligible.
|Jerrol J. Toledo Memorial Scholarship|
Jerrol was a student at Bridgewater State College that passed away
unexpectedly on March 15, 2001. He
graduated from Brockton High School in 1998 and was a recipient of the Rose
Scholarship several times. At
the time of his passing, Jerrol was a junior, a Management Science major
and lived on campus. He was
heavily active on the BSU campus community with many organizations such as:
Afro-Am Society, MIB's and Turning Point.
The Jerrol J. Toledo Memorial Scholarship benefits a deserving sophomore or junior student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. The candidate should possess the following: demonstrated leadership skills, involvement in community service, unselfishness, and a strong determination to celebrate diversity. The candidate should also have promoted a sense of brotherhood/sisterhood among students at Bridgewater State University. Preference will be given to a student of African-American descent, who is a graduate of Brockton High School.
|Arthur Cox '98 Memorial Scholarship|
Arthur Cox was a true leader at Bridgewater State University. He was the
first person of color to be elected as Student Government president and
was a friend to all. This scholarship was established to honor
Arthur's memory by offering financial assistance to a deserving student
who exemplifies what Arthur stood for.|
The scholarship benefits a financially deserving student of African-American, Cape Verdean or Latino descent who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. Consideration will be given to all undergraduate students, and transfer students with a minimum of 24 credits earned at BSU, who exemplify the following personal characteristics: demonstrated dedication to helping others by making their lives better in some way as evidenced by campus, community and/or workplace involvements, strong leadership abilities, an awareness of how to take initiative and build consensus for a cause and a sense of continued contribution to the BSU community through personal integrity.
The Afro-American Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Director of Alumni Relations will review applications and select the recipient.
Last Modified: June 25, 2012