The Marian Wright Edelman First Generation Endowed Scholarship supports first-generation students who have financial need and who desire to use their education in service to their community.

Marian Wright Edelman was a lawyer for the NAACP, and defended activists during the civil rights movement. She continued her dedicated service by founding the Children’s Defense Fund and promoting access to education for all. This endowed scholarship honors her commitment to the belief that education should build one’s capacity for service, and that it is the duty of every person to commit one’s life to bettering the world. We are very proud that two of our students, Valeria Delgado and Erin Simmons, have been selected for this prestigious scholarship.


Valeria Delgado, B.S. in Health Sciences, Minor in Entrepreneurship

“I am very grateful to have received this scholarship! Opportunities and scholarships like these are so helpful and greatly appreciated since they provide first generation students with the ability to persevere on their academic journey.”




Erin Simmons, B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies, Minor in Business

“I am honored and thrilled to be awarded the Marian Wright Edelman Scholarship this year! This means a lot to me on so many levels and I am truly thankful.”

Congratulations Valeria and Erin!