It provides scholarship assistance grants to incoming college freshmen for the purchase of textbooks. Articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have reinforced BDI’s visionary efforts to assist young people meet very expensive costs of textbooks.ForumsBDI hosts well-received and well-attended solutions-oriented forums during which critical issues in the arenas of economics, politics, culture, education, health care etc. are analyzed and discussed.
Scholarship /Awards Program
BDI hosts an annual scholarship/awards program during which recognition is given to men, women and youth who by their contributions in various arenas demonstrate a commitment to furthering the educational and public service legacies of BDI’s distinguished namesakes, Drs. Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and of its visionary founder Dr. C. DeLores Tucker.
Through the years BDI through its education-centered programs has:
- Provided much-needed scholarships assistance to over 150 students who were striving to achieve educational goals
- Hosted solutions-oriented forums on critical and timely issues featuring the economic, political, cultural educational and civic arenas
- Published a unique, information-filled research tool, Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches which has published over 400 speeches by over 300 nationally known experts from all fields of public policy.
- Hosted several Christmas dinner parties for over 5000 underprivileged children that provided them with a memorable cultural and educational experience, along with a sit-down dinner and a toy.
- Presenting recognition awards to over 75 people who, by their work, made a contribution to advancing the educational and activist legacies of Drs. Bethune, DuBois and Tucker.
For further information on how you can be a participant in this much-needed effort, please call 301-562-8300.