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Ralph Bunche Societies National Initiative for Minority Leadership Development

Phelps Stokes Fund

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2008–October 31, 2010
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

This grant will provide renewal support to the Phelps Stokes Fund for the Ralph Bunche Societies. Open to all, but with an emphasis on minority students, the Ralph Bunche Societies are extracurricular undergraduate student associations dedicated to providing exposure, access, and opportunity through a global focus across the curriculum and in career development. Students will increase their global and cultural awareness, develop foreign language skills, and hone their leadership skills. Students will also gain knowledge and insight into the life and legacy of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche. Over the next two years, planned activities include organizing leadership conferences, conducting outreach to future host institutions, providing internships and mentoring for students, and awarding fellowships to student leaders. Since its founding in 1911, the Phelps Stokes Fund has facilitated the growth of human development by serving as an incubator to many nationally and internationally known programs, including the Archbishop Tutu Southern African Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund.