Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Opportunity Grants

The Bunche scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, and friend of the College Ralph J. Bunche. Scholars are chosen because of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. Each is recognized through various efforts throughout the year, earns a learning stipend, and has access to resources to fund further learning and engagement in peace, international, and social justice studies. Ralph J. Bunche was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a distinguished statesman and diplomat, and a champion of world peace. The first African American undersecretary of the United Nations, he received an honorary doctorate from Colby College in 1952 and later was a Colby parent. In 1979, Colby College established the Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship program to recognize students who demonstrate scholastic strength and leadership potential and who are African American, Latino/Latina, Asian American, or Native American.