History

The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on August 15, 1983 in Washington, DC. The original founders included:

  • Hattie Carwell - Health Physicist
  • Julian Earls - Health Physicist
  • James Jones - Builder / Construction Contractor
  • Knox Tull - Civil Engineer
  • James Hicks - Computer Specialist

Later that year, the Development Fund was granted Internal Revenue tax exempt status. In the Fall of 1994, DFBSST qualified as a participating agency with the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), in Washington, DC.

The creation of the DFBSST is an attempt by a few Black technologists to demonstrate that Black people are willing and able to help their own people and Institutions. Members of the DFBSST are Black technical professionals who give as a token of appreciation for the sacrifices others made which contributed to their success. The long-range goal of the Fund is to build an endowment of 1 million dollars.

Since its inception, DFBSST has provided over $383,000 in scholarships to 140 students pursuing an education in science and technology. One hundred nine (109) of these students have already graduated. DFBSST scholars cover a broad spectrum of technical disciplines (i.e., aerospace, civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical engineering; architecture, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics). While most DFBSST graduates have gone on to establish their technical careers, others went on to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school.



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Updated August 11, 2013
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.