Black Alumni awards Frazier Thompson Scholarships

Author: Arts and Letters

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The Black Alumni of Notre Dame (BA of ND) has selected four University of Notre Dame juniors as its 2008-09 Frazier Thompson Scholarship winners.Selected for excellence in academics and service to the African-American and Notre Dame communities, each student will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward senior year expenses.

The Frazier Scholars have participated in a wide variety of activities including academic clubs, campus employment, cultural and ethnic clubs, residence hall leadership, community service, faith-based organizations, musical groups, university committees and varsity football.

The scholarship recipients are:

* Alvin Adjei, a political science major from Houston, who plans to become a civil rights attorney;

* Megan Black, an English major with a minor in theology from Fairfax, Iowa, who hopes to establish a career in publishing, then pursue her dream of helping children with behavioral disorders;

* George Chamberlain, a double major in psychology and political science from Charleston, W.Va., who, as a public servant, plans to address the issue of poverty;

* Kendra Jackson, a psychology and computer applications major from Dallas, who plans to work in business as a consultant and attend graduate school, then establish her own counseling center or non-profit agency to serve the underprivileged.

The BA of ND established the fund in 1997 in honor of the late Frazier Thompson, a pre-professional major, track athlete and the University’s first African-American alumnus who was graduated in 1947. Since 1998, the BA of ND has provided $80,000 of financial relief to 31 students, primarily through contributions from African-American alumni of Notre Dame.

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on April 23, 2008.