DSU gets unprecedented private donation

By Amy Cherry 3:12pm, April 10, 2014 - Updated 5:01pm, April 10, 2014
Delaware State University has received its largest private donation for scholarships in the school's history.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Without the Bernard Osher Re-Entry Scholarship, 28-year-old Jamal Maddox of Wilmington would not have been able to go back to school.

"You know, this has always been my dream to come and go back to school so they made it possible for me to be able to focus directly on school and not have to stress about my financial situation," said Maddox.

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Before that Maddox was working two jobs. Today he's studying business economics and is expected to graduate from DSU in 2016.

He calls receiving the scholarship a "relief."

"I already knew that I had to make myself more marketable. Just with a high school diploma, I don't think that I would have been able to live the type of life that I want to live without advancing my education," said Maddox.

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Now more students will benefit from the same scholarship Maddox received.

Delaware State University has received a one million dollar gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation to permanently establish the scholarship fund.

"It's absolutely outstanding because it really supports a major need of our students," said Vita Pickrum, Associate Vice President for Development at DSU.

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The $5,000 scholarship is only available to adults, looking to go back to school.

"That you're able to change lives and really impact someone's future that's the best feeling in the world," said Pickrum, who is seeing more and more adults go back to school as additional resources available like the Bernard Osher Re-Entry Scholarship become available.

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The scholarship program is the only one of its kind in the state.

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