Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Emory, Mellon Foundation Team Up for Fellowship Program

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Emory, Mellon Foundation Team Up for Fellowship Program

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ATLANTA

Emory University has received a $247,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner in a new fellowship program that will place some of the university's top graduate students in the classrooms of six colleges and universities in Atlanta and New Orleans.

The program expands and enhances an existing partnership funded by the Mellon Foundation that began in 2000 between Emory and Dillard University, a historically Black institution in New Orleans. Atlanta's Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College have now joined the consortium of schools that will take part in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Atlanta/New Orleans Graduate Fellowship Program.

"We are honored to be a pamper in this important and promising initiative. The Mellon Fellowship will play a vital role in strengthening Emory's ties, both personal and professional, with the participating institutions, and reinforce the academic community among us all," says Dr. Robert Paul, dean of Emory College.

The fellowship developed in large part due to the numerous personal connections between Paul mid administrators at the host institutions. Several of those involved in expanding the program received degrees from Emory's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, including Dillard University President Michael Lomax, the former chairman of the Fulton County Commission, who earned his doctorate from Emory in 1984. …

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