AADC Alumnae Fellowships

The AADC Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Fellowships are awarded annually for post graduate study to graduating Douglass Residential College seniors and / or alumnae. These fellowships are awarded solely for financial support and do not include a service component. Recipients are selected primarily on the basis of academic achievement or aspirations in chosen field of study, and secondarily, on need.

Please note the application deadline is on or before March 1, 2024 for alumnae, and on or before June 3, 2024 for DRC seniors. Download the two-page Fellowship Application for Graduating DRC Seniors and Alumnae here. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are eligible.

Some of Our Recent Fellowship Recipients Include:

Below are the names of the fellowships offered and background information about the individuals in whose memories these fellowships are established. For more information about AADC Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Alumnae Fellowships, please email Susan Wallace.

Alumnae Fellowships

Ruth M. Adams Fellowship *

  • Established by the AADC in honor of former dean, Ruth Adams.

  • Fellowship is for an alumna pursuing an advanced degree.

Julia Baxter Bates Fellowship *

  • Established by the Black Alumnae Network in honor of the first known African-American graduate of NJC, Julia Baxter Bates ’38, who was prominent in the nation’s Civil Rights Movement.
  • Fellowship is for an African-American graduate pursuing an advanced degree who exhibits community involvement and leadership skills.

Jason David Cayne Fellowship *

  • Established by Stephanie Cayne-Meiskin ’89 and family and friends of Jason David Cayne.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna/alumnae pursuing graduate studies that lead to careers that focus on the health and well-being of children and is based on merit and/or need.

Joseph B. and Florence Voorhees Cejka Fellowship *

  • Established by Florence Voorhees Cejka ’40, an English major.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who will pursue an advanced degree in the humanities with preference to the study of English, history, comparative literature or philosophy.

Honorable Rosalie B. Cooper ’52 Fellowship *

  • Established by her husband in memory of the Honorable Rosalie B. Cooper ’52, who was inducted into the Douglass Society in 1994.
  • The Fellowship is for a Douglass alumna who has been accepted into law school.

Edith Newsom Estarabadi Fellowship *

  • Established by her husband, the Edith Newsom Estarabadi Fellowship honors a home economics major from the class of 1924.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna pursuing an advanced degree.

Sue Estler ’66 Fellowship Fund *

  • Established by the members of the Class of 1966 in memory of their classmate and Class Co-President, Suzanne E. Estler, Ph.D.
  • Fellowship is for alumnae who are pursuing advanced degrees with preference for alumnae pursuing careers in higher education.

Evangeline Mundy Galas Fellowship*

  • Established by a bequest from Spanish major, Evangeline Mundy Galas ’35.

  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate with an excellent academic record who will pursue an advanced degree in Spanish or a Spanish-related field.

Ellin Petersen Greene Fellowship

  • Established by Dr. Ellin Petersen Green in memory of Drs. Harriett Fjeld, Nelson Hanawalt and Helen Richardson who were members of the Douglass College Psychology department.
  • Fellowship is for a graduating senior who has been enrolled to do graduate work at a qualifying institution in the field of her choice and who is committed to making a significant difference in the life of children.

Maurice Lee Fellowship

  • Established as a tribute to Maurice Lee, who served as a loyal Douglass fellow, chair of the History Department, the Margaret Judson Professor of History, and benefactor of Douglass during his career at Douglass and Rutgers.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who will pursue an advanced degree in history or art history.

Laurie Ann McDade Fellowship *

  • Established in memory of Laurie Ann McDade, a 1974 University College graduate, who served as a Residence Counselor at Douglass during the early 1980s and met an untimely death in 1988.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who will pursue an advanced degree with preference to a degree in women’s studies, anthropology, or sociology.

Professor Micaela Misiego Fellowship *

  • Established by Shireen K. Lewis ’86, Ph.D. to provide an annual fellowhsip, for as long as there are funds, to an alumna/alumnae of Douglass College or Douglass Residential College who is pursuing advanced studies, in honor of Professor Micaela Misiego.

  • Fellowship is for an alumna/alumnae of Douglass College or Douglass Residential College who is pursuing advanced study in Spanish. Preference given to a Spanish major who exhibited outstanding achievement in Spanish at the undergraduate level, with a further preference for non-native Spanish speaker who has financial need.

Bertha Garber Modell Fellowship *

  • Established in memory of Bertha Garber Modell, sister of Dorothea Garber. Cracas ’51.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate or an alumna.

Agnes McDede Murray Fellowship *

  • Established in honor of Agnes McDade Murray ’30, who served as Fund Agent for the Class of 1930 for more than 20 years and was the 1996 recipient of the Margaret T. Corwin Award for service to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.

  • Fellowship is for current year graduate.

James Neilson Fellowship *

  • Established to honor Neilson, the Douglass benefactor who contributed the Wood Lawn estate.

  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who shows promise of a distinguished career and who will pursue an advanced degree.

Ruth E. Salny Fellowship *

  • Established by Ruth E. Salny ’30, a botany major who came from a family of physicians and scientists.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who will pursue an advanced degree in the natural sciences, physics, chemistry, biology or medicine.

Carole Sampson-Landers ’69, MD Fellowship

  • Established by Carole Sampson-Landers ’69, MD.
  • Fellowship is for a alumna of Douglass College or Douglass Residential College who is currently in a STEM professional role with a preference in the medical /science field and who is pursuing related graduate studies in the field. Preference will be for an applicant with matriculation towards a post-graduate degree and who is African American.

Joyce Kotler Schwartz Memorial Graduate Science Fellowship *

  • Established by Leonard Schwartz in memory of his wife, Joyce Kotler Schwartz ’63, and in honor of their children, Jan, Jill and Gail.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna or current year graduate who is doing graduate work in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, computers, geology, or engineering.

C. Maxene Vaughters Summey Service Fellowship

  • Established by Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Black Alumnae Network.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna/alumnae who is a graduating senior of Douglass Residential College of African American descent, who have demonstrated leadership in activities that provide services to others, such as advocacy for increased multicultural diversity, human rights, social justice, and/or participation in non-profit women’s organizations, and is based on expressed financial need.

Hedwig Hass Turkenkopf Fellowship *

  • Established by a bequest from Hedwig Hass Turkenkopf, an English major from the Class of 1927.
  • Fellowship is for outstanding minority graduates.

Margaret Denton Wagner Fellowship *

  • Established in honor of Margaret Denton Wagner ’24, who served as President of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Alumnae Trustee, and President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. Margaret was honored by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College with the Margaret T. Corwin Award in 1943.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna pursuing an advanced degree.

Catherine Dorn Weisberg ’68 Fellowship *

  • Established in honor of Catherine Dorn Weisberg ’68 by Jay S. Weisberg.
  • Fellowship is for an alumna pursuing an advanced degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) with preference for a candidate who demonstrates an interest in entrepreneurship.

Gail Pihlblad Wittman Humanities Fellowship *

  • For an alumna pursuing a post graduate degree in a Humanities field with preference given to candidates pursuing studies in the fields of social work and/or anthropology.

Kelly Ann Wilson Fellowship *

  • Established as a memorial to Kelly Ann Wilson, who was an active Douglass student in 1984 when she was killed in an auto accident. Kelly was active in DCGA, the Orientation Committee and served as editor of the Red Book. A double major in political science and sociology, she planned to attend law school.
  • Fellowship is for a current year graduate who will attend law school.

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren Science Fellowship *

  • Named for Adelaide Marcus Zagoren NJC ’40 who served as Executive Director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College for more than 25 years.
  • Fellowship is for a current year Douglass graduate who will pursue an advanced degree in the field of science.

The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Fellowships

The following fellowships were established by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC to provide annual fellowship support to an alumna or alumnae of Douglass College or Douglass Residential College.

  • Fine Arts/Art History Fellowship
  • Federation Fellowship
  • Cecilia Gaines Holland Volunteer Fund
  • Continuing Education Fellowship
  • International Exchange Fellowship
  • Performing Arts Fellowship
  • Journalism Fellowship
  • Political Science Fellowship
  • Natural and Applied Science Fellowship
  • Meta Thorne Waters/Doris Lauden Praino
  • Music Fellowship
  • Carol J. Sas Memorial Fellowship

* = deceased