Is Pleased To Announce The 2015

Recipients Of The Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant

Cyrell Roberson & Dante Dixson 



Doctoral Students in School Psychology


Research StudyThe Psychosocial Keys to African American Academic Achievement: The Relationship Among Academic Achievement and Psychosocial Factors in High Achieving African Americans

School Psychology Program   Graduate School of Education

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Brandy Gatlin presentation-Summit 2013

Brandy Gatlin, Ph.D., Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant recipient, successfully defended her dissertation on June 17, 2015 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida titled: Relations among Elementary Students’ Use of Dialect and Concurrent and Subsequent Reading Outcomes.

Dr. Gatlin was AASF’s 2012 research grant recipient and presented her paper titled Overcoming Obstacles: African American Students With Disabilities Achieving Academic Success at AASF‘s 2013 Success Summit conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dr. Cynthia Wilson

Cynthia Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida received a $1.2 million federal grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs. The funded project: Project I2: Intensive Intervention for Students with ASD who have Persistent and Severe Needs emphasizes the preparation of teachers who will become skilled in the implementation of research-based teaching methods for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Project I2 will provide tuition support for teachers who will earn a master’s degree and teaching endorsement in ASD.

Persons interested in the project can send their inquiry to:

Dr. Wilson is Chair of AASF‘s Grant Selection Committee.

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Beatrice Julian

Beatrice Julian received a Proclamation from Illinois Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White on June 23, 2015 for her outstanding service on the Illinois State Archives Advisory Board and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Ms. Julian is a Librarian and Archivist and is primary author and contributor to AASF‘s Spotlight on Success newsletter.

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Our mission is to promote the positive image of African Americans. The AFRICAN AMERICAN SUCCESS FOUNDATION (AASF) is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of information regarding African American achievements to aid in the replication of those successes, and to ensure their accurate portrayal in the global community.

AASF was founded because of concern about the inadequate portrayal of African American accomplishments, and the desire to shape future success. Its challenge is to combat the more pervasive negative imagery, stereotypes and mythology that undermine positive growth and development.

Our Programs Include:

  • Scientific Research/Think Tank to identify and document the success attitudes and behaviors of African Americans — Defining Black Success!
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Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant


Ms. Tutt-Jones was committed to excellence and achievement in her life, and dedicated many years of her professional career traveling around the country to recruit highly talented and motivated teachers to work in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area public school system. Holder of a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing, and a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources Development which she obtained later in her life, Ms. Tutt-Jones believed in lifelong learning and the ability to succeed with determination and perseverance.

This grant provides financial support to students and professionals who conduct research activities to study African American success, particularly in the area of education. It is offered to encourage the building of the science of African American success by studying those attitudes and behaviors that cause people to attain academic success. The research can focus upon early childhood education, student performance in the elementary, middle or high school years, as well as the attitudes and behaviors that help individuals finish college and graduate school. It can also focus upon parental behaviors that contribute to student success, as well as related home and community variables that promote excellence in educational performance.

Former applicants are welcome to reapply. However, it is essential for all applicants to understand that the proposed research MUST focus on African Americans who are excelling academically.

AASF is interested in understanding high achievers — their attitudes, behaviors, types of parenting received, and associated variables that explain how and why they do as well as they do coming from all types of life experiences academic situations, and backgrounds. By building this body of knowledge and disseminating it broadly to the public, AASF hopes to counter myths and negative stereotypes about African Americans and to help others attain success in their own lives. Studies that focus on those who are not excelling will not be considered, though AASF applauds the many researchers, organizations and funding agencies who are working hard everyday to gain understanding in a different manner.

By focusing upon the strategies that are working well for many highly successful African Americans nationwide and spreading the word about these successful strategies, the AFRICAN AMERICAN SUCCESS FOUNDATION can help educational institutions, social service agencies, public policy makers, and other concerned citizens replicate these successes for many others in the years to come.

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant 2016

The AASF Grant Selection Committee has met and the Board of Directors has voted upon a 2016 award winner Check back for details…


Support The Mission

Support the Mission
Study African American High Academic Achievers
Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant
Application Deadline is June 5

Charitable Support

Charitable support using Black philanthropy to encourage graduate students and professionals to build upon the science of African American success by studying success issues.


If You Are Conducting Research on African American High Academic Achievers apply for the Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant

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