In recognition of the achievements of Black students of Ohio University, the Kent-Rudolph Scholarship Endowment is established by Lt. Col. Clark Kent and Andre Rudolph in honor of Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn, the first Black female to graduate from OHIO, and Donald A. Spencer, the first Black man to serve as Chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees.
In the late 1970's, Lt. Col. Bill “Clark” Kent, AB '80, served as President of OHIO's Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and Andre Rudolph, BBA '81, served as BSCPB Vice President. Even as students, they knew they wanted to help make a difference for Black students at OHIO. In 1979, under the guidance of William Smith, executive director of affirmative action at OHIO, Kent and Rudolph led the establishment of the Blackburn-Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards. Today, the new Kent-Rudolph Scholarship Endowment honors the spirit of the Blackburn-Spencer Scholarship Fund.
The Kent-Rudolph Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships for students with financial need who are involved with multicultural programming and/or multicultural student organizations.
You Helped Unlock Gifts to this Scholarship Endowment
Four donors stepped up to incentivize giving to the Kent-Rudolph Scholarship Endowment. Your gifts unlocked $1,000 in additional support for the endowment.
- At 10 gifts, $100 from Cheryl Y. Martin, Zeta’s 5th Line, 5.4.1976, will be unlocked
— Cheryl's gift was unlocked on July 12!
- At 25 gifts, $250 from Caryn M. Bailey, AKA supporting Sigmas, will be unlocked
— Caryn's gift was unlocked on July 31!
- At 35 gifts, $250 from Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis, AKA supporting Sigmas, will be unlocked
— Carolyn's gift was unlocked on August 5!
- At 50 gifts, $400 from Albert Elam, Sigma, Epsilon Omicron Chapter Alumnus, will be unlocked
— Albert's gift was unlocked on August 12!
Photos with Kent and Rudolph
Photo of the Blue And White Family from the Spectrum Green, 1978.
Photo of the Black Student Culture Program Board from the Spectrum Green, 1980
Photo of Phi Beta Sigma from the Spectrum Green, 1980. Yearbook caption also includes, "Epsilon Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was founded on this campus on May 2, 1972 and since that date we have strived to serve the community of Athens as well as the minority population on campus."