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Davidson Celebrates Naming of First Emergence Scholar

by Danielle Strickland
Emergence Scholar
Earl Wooten '84, Obai Kamara '17, and Rusty Lindsey '76

Davidson recently named Obai Kamara '17 of Rockville, Md., as the first recipient of the Emergence Scholarship of The Davidson Trust.

Created by African-American alumni in celebration of the achievements of Davidson alumni of color, this scholarship supports students through The Davidson Trust, with preference given to individuals from historically underrepresented populations at Davidson. The idea for creating the scholarship was born out of ACE, Davidson's Alumni of Color Engagement initiative.

Speaking at a celebratory dinner to alumni donors, Kamara said he is thrilled to be the inaugural scholar. "I came to Davidson this past fall seeking the best education I could possibly get along with what I believe is the best community of people you could possibly find on a college campus," said Kamara. "If it weren't for Davidson's financial aid opportunities, I don't think I would be here today."

The Emergence Scholarship of The Davidson Trust was conceived by alumni Rusty Lindsey '76 and Earl Wooten '84. They wanted to memorialize the African-American experience at Davidson in a meaningful and tangible way that would make the Davidson experience possible for others.

Speaking at the dinner, Wooten said, "The course has been charted. However the journey ahead is long and the destination is far. The vision we share for Davidson, and for the world in which it finds itself, is that the brightest young minds with the broadest dreams are nurtured here and sent forth into the world to transform it."

The Davidson Trust makes it possible for talented students from all backgrounds to imagine coming to Davidson, and for graduates to plan for their futures based on their interests and passions. The program meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need through grants and campus employment.

For more information about the Emergence Scholarship of The Davidson Trust, contact Doug Mauney at domauney@davidson.edu or 704-894-2831.