New scholarship at DuSable seeks to help mothers

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The DuSable Museum announced the launch of a new scholarship that will support single mothers who wish to return to school.

The late Dorothy Lajewel Myree, who was a social worker and teacher in Chicago Public Schools, requested that The Dr. Margaret Burroughs Scholarship Fund be established for African American single mothers who desire to return to school.

The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient once a year for 10 years. Applicants must be African American single mothers between the ages of 17 and 35 years old; reside in the city of Chicago or its surrounding suburbs; have custodial care of one or more children under the age of 18 and be accepted or enrolled in a skills training, GED program, community college, college, university, graduate school, vocational or technical school for the 2013-2014 academic year. They must also complete a 250-word essay and an application.

The 2013 winner of the scholarship will be announced at the DuSable Museum King Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21.

Myree, who died May 2, 2011 at the age of 90, began her career as a social worker and then became a teacher, ending her career at Williams Elementary School in Bronzeville. In addition to her work in Chicago, she traveled to over 82 countries often choosing to visit countries where African Americans do not live or visit.

“Dorothy Myree and Dr. Burroughs were both educators and shared the passion to help others understand who the Black man was – is,” said a family member of Myree’s who wished not to be named.

The family member said Myree “spoke of making sure DuSable got this money in her last breath as a tribute to the Dr. Burroughs.”

Myree, who worked with a lot of single mothers during her time as a social worker, wanted the scholarship to be designated for African American single mothers because she saw how they struggled on their own to make a good life for their families, said the family member.

“We made the request to have the scholarship given to the average student,” the family member said. “We’re seeking to help those with kids who may not be the top students but are determined to press through.”

For more information about the scholarship call 773-947-0600 ext. 290 or visit dusablemuseum.org.

d.phillips@hpherald.com