Ducky Birts Foundation Awards Five Lincoln Students Scholarships

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Five Lincoln University students from the Greater Philadelphia area were awarded scholarships from the Ducky Birts Foundation at a Thursday morning ceremony held at the University’s International Cultural Center.

(Pictured from Left to Right) Stacy Montgomery, a junior English Liberal Arts (Pre-Law) and Philosophy major, Jhalia Thomas, a sophomore Child Psychology major, Lincoln University President Dr. Robert R. Jennings, Donald “Ducky” Birts and his son, David Birts, and Lindsay R. Harris, a junior Health Science major pose at Dec. 6th awards ceremony at Lincoln University. Two other recipients, Timothy Wall, a freshman Computer Science major and Dalia Burnett, a junior Human Services and Sociology major, were not present at ceremony.

The recipients, who each received $500 scholarships, included: Jhalia Thomas, a sophomore Child Psychology major, Timothy Wall, a freshman Computer Science major, Dalia Burnett, a junior Human Services and Sociology major, Lindsay R. Harris, a junior Health Science major, and Stacy Montgomery, a junior English Liberal Arts (Pre-Law) and Philosophy major.  Burnett and Wall were not present at ceremony.

“We welcome the scholarship support of the Ducky Birts Foundation for our truly deserving students,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, 13th president of the University. “Scholarship support is one of the University’s most critical needs and we look forward to their continued investment in our students’ future.”

Founded by Donald “Ducky” Birts, a Civil Rights activist, businessman and political leader, the Ducky Birts Foundation offers scholarships as well as presents workshops to educate youth on economic development and government operations at all levels. The proposed Ducky Birts Academy which will subsequently house the workshops will also offer after-school programs with concentration in math, science and reading as well as a youth Christian basketball program.

Every year, the Foundation holds its Medallion Scholarship Banquet to help fund their merit and need-based scholarships originally for students at Cheyney University, and now additionally, Lincoln University.  In October, the 10 Cheyney University students received scholarships at a reception held there.

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

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