What is the Ewing-Jones Scholarship?

We are proud to announce DaiGianna WIlliams as the winner of the Ewing-Jones Scholarship. DaiGianna, who is 14 years old, impressed us with her exceptional skills as a writer and critical thinker, and her clear leadership potential. When asked to write about a social issue that matters to her, she wrote about the impact of climate change: "he state of the natural world is a humbling, but powerful reminder that with all of our technology and scientific discoveries, we are still at the hands of a force greater than us. I believe that spreading this message to increase awareness of environmental devastation and encouraging political officials to contribute to the preservation of the earth will result in a positive change." Last year, she co-organized a rally at her school in response to threats of racism and xenophobia in the United States. In her own words, the rally was intended to address the "heightened sense of political tension and divergence within the nation."

We know DaiGianna is going to do a great job representing Chicago this summer at the Du Bois Institute and we can't wait to bear witness to her ongoing and growing leadership.

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The Ewing-Jones Scholarship will support one young person who wishes to attend the Leadership Academy at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute, hosted at Princeton University. The mission of the program is as follows:

The WEB Du Bois Scholars Institute is a leadership development organization for adolescents and secondary students from families and communities who have experienced historical barriers to achievement and opportunity. To help overcome these challenges, the Institute develops a diverse cadre of leaders and scholars who, through rigorous preparation and nurturance, excel in higher education and professionally. With an array of academic enriched content, career development resources and cultural awareness, the Institute aims to foster well rounded young minds and wisdom-loving change agents working to create a more just and humane world.

Supporting a student who wishes to attend this program represents a union of our individual interests. Damon Jones participated in the Du Bois Scholars Institute as a high school student and has remained active in the organization throughout his life; currently he is the Chair of the Board of Directors. Eve Ewing, a sociologist of education, is passionate about educational access, racial justice, culturally-sustaining pedagogy, and the life and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.

Who started this scholarship?

We are Eve Ewing and Damon Jones. We became engaged on August 16, 2017, and we are excited to start the next chapter of our life together. One thing we share as a couple is a commitment to service and fighting for access to the things people in our communities need and deserve in order to be free. This is a commitment we admire and appreciate about each other and it is a cornerstone of our relationship. As we look forward to our marriage, we agreed that rather than honor our love and partnership with a ring, we would like to support a young person in taking the next steps in their life.

Although we grew up in different places (Chicago, IL and Hillside, NJ) we both had very similar experiences. We were supported and loved not only by our families, but by others--mentors, educators, scholarship donors, program leaders-- who saw something in us and who made our life journeys possible with their generosity of time and spirit. Without these people, we would not be who we are. Their kindness and their faith saw us go from Chicago and New Jersey to the University of Chicago, Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford. We are blessed to be able to do work we love, to pursue our passions and our intellectual curiosity while also being able to make a living. While we understand that academia and formal educational institutions are not the only pathway to a fulfilling life by any means, for us the pursuit of scholarship has been life-changing. Now, we want to celebrate our partnership and the people who helped get us here by paving the road for someone else.

Who is eligible?

Applicants for the Ewing-Jones Scholarship should meet the following requirements.

  • Be a freshman enrolled in a high school within the City of Chicago.
  • Identify as Black, Latinx, or Native, and reside in a household with an income of $65,000 or less.
  • Carefully review the Du Bois Program website to make sure the program is a good fit for you. Note that the Ewing-Jones Scholarship supports the Leadership Academy.
  • Maintain at least an overall B average.
  • Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation; at least one from a teacher or counselor. RECOMMENDERS: Please submit your letter of reference here.
  • Complete a student application, including an essay consisting of at least 500 words stating why you wish to participate in the Institute and describing your education and career goals, community service activities and/or leadership roles you have performed.
  • Be available to participate in the full Summer Institute program, which is four weeks long and is a residential program on the Princeton University campus. The scholarship will support travel, room and board, and books (which you will keep after the Institute has ended). You will be responsible for any extra costs (snacks, spending money, etc).

how do i apply?

Complete this online application by 11:59 PM on November 30, 2017. 

Applicants will be notified of their status by December 5, 2017. Finalists will be asked to complete a formal candidate interview.

Letters of recommendation can be submitted here. Letters of recommendation are due by 11:59 PM on November 30, 2017. 

An application is not considered complete until two letters have been submitted. 


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