Dillard President Announces Enrollment Increase, Upcoming Events
September 17, 2014 - Dillard University increased its enrollment to 1,200 students this year, and boosted its number of presidential scholars, who earn free tuition and free room and board, to 18, according to university president Walter Kimbrough.
He delivered the news in a "Welcome Back" message addressed to students and the media on Wednesday (Sept. 17). The message also listed upcoming events, along with awards and new programs that Kimbrough sees as encouraging signs for the new academic year.
- On Sept. 20, Dillard will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Upward Bound program, which has existed on the school's campus since its inception in 1964. More than 2,500 students have completed the program, and Dillard marks one of its 17 original sites.
- From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, Dillard will host the Melon Foundation's 2014 Global Citizens Conference. Dillard's Melon fellow will join students from China, India, Ghana and Chile. Dillard last hosted the event in 2008.
- Through its partnership with the Knowledge is Power Program or KIPP, Dillard has welcomed 24 freshman from KIPP schools this year.
- Ruth Simmons, a Dillard alumna and the former president of Brown University, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. In the wake of increased alumni giving rates this year, the school has also created a website -- give.dillard.edu/home -- to make giving easier.
- The Brainfood lectures series will bring some big names through campus in 2014 and 2015, including former chairman of the National Republican Committee Michael Steele, and American ballet performer Misty Copeland.
For more information about these and other upcoming events at Dillard, visit the college's online events calendar.
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