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Grateful Giving

As the holiday season approaches, it is often time to reflect on those who have impacted your life, past and present, while also refocusing on the coming year. As a DCCL family, we have endured much with the pandemic and all that followed. We remained strong in our supportive network and ability to connect.

In the spirit of being grateful, we have established the Grateful Giving Campaign, which will run through December 31st. The focus is to provide needed resources for graduate scholarships – the most underfunded segment of higher education. Help us with our goal of raising $10,000. Thanks to the Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge, all donations to endowed scholarships will be matched. Know that any amount is helpful and we are grateful – thank you!

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Don Hutchison, Cohort 11

"The DCCL program is making it possible for me to do what I had considered impossible for most of my life - earn a doctorate degree. As the first in my immediate family to graduate from college, I feel it is my obligation to demonstrate to other racial minorities that we are not defined by the negative stereotypes that plague so many in the urban community. Rather, I am proof that our potential is limited only by our determination and our willingness to dream bigger.

The DCCL scholarship, in supporting my efforts to obtain a doctorate degree, indirectly supports those that I may influence in the coming years. I am profoundly grateful for the generosity of the scholarship trustees who selected me to receive this award. Thank you!"


Leonor Calderon, Texas Cohort 2

"As the daughter of immigrants from a low-social economic background, I mused about obtaining a doctoral degree, but due to financial limitations, it became a fleeting dream almost unrealized. However, the DCCL program provided this first-generation student the opportunity to move towards reaching this impossible aspiration. Receiving several DCCL scholarships alleviated financial stress and debt, allowing me to complete courses with exceptional academic progress. These scholarships profoundly impacted my experience as a student, educator, and leader. When financial scholarships are awarded to marginalized people of color, benefactors increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education leadership—this is transformational contribution."


Darlene Luce, Texas Cohort 2

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude. I am honored to have been awarded the Robert L. Ewigleben (2022-23) scholarship to help me fund my education and degree at Ferris State University. As a proud First-Generation college student, completing my doctoral degree is a dream come true and I hope to encourage and assist other students in their own educational journeys."


Make A Gift

We currently have four endowed scholarships that will be matched upon donation:

  • DCCL Scholarship and Fellowship Endowment
  • Robert Ewigleben DCCL Scholarship
  • Gunder and Marliss Myran DCCL Scholarship
  • Roberta C. Teahen DCCL Scholarship

Additionally, we have the Don L. Newport Emergency Loan Fund where contributions are also welcome.