Dillard Alumnus Jimmie Edwards Donates $1 million for Endowed Scholarship at Dillard University


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Jimmie Edwards, a 1970 graduate of Dillard University recently donated $1 million to his alma mater to establish an endowed scholarship for deserving students. This is one of the largest single contributions ever given by an alumnus and it establishes the largest endowed scholarship in Dillard’s history.

“I received a full scholarship in 1966 and without that I would not have been able to go to college,” Edwards said. “I felt like I owed Dillard a repayment for their investment because it gave me an opportunity to have a different life,” he added.

“Mr. Edwards’ enthusiasm for making this gift is amazing,” said Marc Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement.  “We are inspired, not only by his tremendous generosity, but also by his incredible desire to pay forward the assistance that he received as a student at Dillard,” Barnes noted.  “Edwards is truly a great example of the Dillard Difference.”

The eldest of five, Edwards recalled that his family was extremely poor and there was no way he would have been able to go to school without a full scholarship. Edwards says he always wanted to make a substantial gift to Dillard and when he saw a story about an alumnus who had given a million dollars to an HBCU he was inspired to do the same. “I’m just giving back and repaying Dillard for their investment,” he said.

Edwards pointed out that Dillard is an institution where many of its students are on financial aid and that the investment being made in them should be repaid once they have an opportunity to give back. With that said, he is challenging alumni to give and collectively match what he has given.

After graduating from Dillard with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Edwards worked as a research chemist in Akron, Ohio. While working full time as a chemist he also attended Kent State University where he obtained his MBA in 1974. He later joined the sales and marketing team at Amoco in Atlanta. He remained with the company through a succession of corporate changes, as Amoco became BP, then INESO, a $54 billion international petrochemical company. He retired in 2008 after nearly 40 years in the industry.

Edwards is currently employed during the summer season as a customer service agent with Delta airlines in Charlotte, N.C.



Dillard Alumna Kathryn Townsend named civilian of the quarter by Naval Oceanographic Office

Dillard University Alumna  Kathryn Townsend of the Class of 1984

Dillard University Alumna Kathryn Townsend of the Class of 1984

DUNAA is not surprised but is constantly in awe of the achievements of our fellow alumni. DU Alumna Kathryn Townsend was recently named civilian of the quarter by the Naval Oceanographic Office. She is a member of the class of 1984. Please join us in extending congratulations to this daughter of Dillard University for her accomplishments. Please click on the link for more information

DU Alumnus Edward Buckles Short Film on Police Brutality

Edward BucklesThe shocking news of Sandra Bland death in police custody is once again making us rethink and focus on the historical relationship between law enforcement and the African American Community. One Dillard University Alumnus Mr. Edward Buckles examines a clip of this troubled relationship with his short film “Just another Nigga.”

The actor in the film is played by Dillard University student Rahim Glaspy who is a musical performing artist and actor.

Please click the link and watch this powerful and artistic performance which was created and executed by our very own.


Funeral Services for Tennesion Royal


The Funeral Services for Tennesion Royal are as follows:

Thursday, July 23 at 10am
The Church Without Walls
5725 Queenston Avenue
Houston, TX 77084

New Orleans:
Monday, July 27 at 10am
(Viewing 8-10)
Morning Star Baptist Church
1000 Walkertown Way
Marrero, LA 70072

Dillard Alums Hot Dog Restaurant Voted Best Hot Dogs in New Orleans

NOW-Dreamy-Weenies-Character-Study-e1425572605562Dillard University alumni Saanyari Shakir and Nasr Nance are the proud owners of Dreamy Weenies: Hot Dogs Gone Nola. These two entrepreneurial brothers are raising the bar for the local hot dog scene in New Orleans. The restaurant offers such delights as the Genchili Dog, Satchmo Dog and the “Pot Hole” Dog are all favorites. Just recently these gourmet dogs were voted “BEST HOT DOGS IN NEW ORLEANS!” Read more about this by clicking on the link & go by the restaurant to experience heaven on a bun.


DU President Walter Kimbrough “Is Karrine Controversial?”

Dr. Walter Kimbrough 7th President of Dillard University

Dr. Walter Kimbrough 7th President of Dillard University

The President of Dillard University recently penned a response concerning the feedback on the upcoming visit of Ms. Karrine Steffans to the campus of Dillard University. Please read his blog post “Is Karrine Controversial?” to better understand his position concerning this issue.  Please click on the following link to read the blog


Dillard Alumnus Kevin Ramsey Author and Director of a new Play Chasin’ Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records


Dillard University Alumnus Kevin Ramsey is making quite a name for himself. His play Chasin’ Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records is off to a great start  and already made quite an impression on critics.

The play (“Kevin Ramsey’s Chasin’ Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records” runs through Aug. 9 at the Southwest Performing Arts Theater, 915 New Hope RD, Atlanta 30331. For ticket information: www.truecolorstheatre.org.)

Please read more about this production and Mr. Ramsey at the following link


Dr. Kimbrough Announced the Names of the First Two Brain Food Speakers for the 2015-2016 Season


The Brain Food lecture series will continue on the campus of Dillard University with Michael Morton on September 24th and Karrine Steffans on October 21st.

Please learn more about the lecturers by clicking on the links to Dr. Walter Kimbrough Blog and the Brain Food Website



DU Alumna Tennesion Royal is now Beyond the Oaks


It saddens us to inform the Dillard University Alumni Family of the passing of Dillard Alumna Tennesion Royal of the class of 2005.

Tennesion was a beautiful person  and a native of New Orleans from the Westbank. She pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Beta Gamma Chapter and was a joy and a light for all who knew her.

DUNAA request that the Dillard University Alumni family please pray for her family, friends, co workers, line sisters, chapter sisters, sorority sisters, classmates and all who knew and love her.

A member of the Dillard Family has set up a Go Fund Me Account for her children. Please feel free to give to this as well by clicking on the link.


DU Alumnus Fred Freeman Is Making Moves with Musical Entrepreneurship

OplusFred Freeman a member of the Dillard University Class of 2003 is focus on sharing his talents with the world. Mr. Freeman known as the musical artist and producer Oplus was recently spotlighted in the Hyde Park Herald on his musical journey and entrepreneurial drive. Read the article by clicking on the link


Check out his music at