The Joseph K. Adjaye Endowed Student Resource Fund
We are raising funds towards the establishment of an endowed Student Resource Fund for students wanting to study about Africa. Our target goal is to raise $10,000 to add to the Adjaye family’s contribution towards the endowment. This endowed scholarship will allow funds to be released each year to give students the opportunity to experience Africa firsthand.
The Inaugural Director of African Studies
Dr. Adjaye was instrumental in founding the African Studies Program in the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the program's inaugural director in 2001 and served with distinction until his retirement in 2010. He was also a renowned faculty member of the Department of Africana Studies and served as Chair from 2000 to 2005. In both roles while at Pitt, Joseph had a passion for ensuring that students and K-12 educators were provided with the best opportunities for studying about Africa. When he retired, he moved back to Ghana where he continued to serve as professor of history at the University of Ghana until his passing in 2019.
Experiencing Africa First-hand
Joseph, coming from Ghana, believed that experiencing Africa was integral in helping students and teachers appreciate history, diversity, and culture. He was passionate about promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the continent and its people. He played a significant role in helping establish study abroad programs in Africa, including in Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa. He wanted students interested in African studies to gain an international experience as part of their education at Pitt. Over the course of his career in the United States, he took nearly 500 hundred people (students, educators and community members) to various countries including Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Honoring Joseph’s Vision
This Endowed Scholarship will continue to support Joseph’s vision of giving students first-hand experiences in Africa and enhancing their knowledge of Africa. The scholarship will fill a tremendous gap for students who wish to experience Africa but are currently unable to because of a lack of funding. Giving to this scholarship fund not only supports the work Joseph started, but it also allows your donation to grow each year, and in doing so, produces more and more scholarships available to students! The need for students to experience African cultures and histories is more apparent than ever and collectively we can make an impact through contributing to programs that commit to diversity, equity and inclusion and international understanding and cooperation.
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