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The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on August 15, 1983 in Washington, DC. The original founders included:

  • Hattie Carwell - Health Physicist
  • Julian Earls - Health Physicist
  • James Jones - Builder / Construction Contractor
  • Knox Tull - Civil Engineer
  • James Hicks - Computer Specialist

Later that year, the Development Fund was granted Internal Revenue tax exempt status. In the Fall of 1994, DFBSST qualified as a participating agency with the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), in Washington, DC.

The creation of the DFBSST is an attempt by a few Black technologists to demonstrate that Black people are willing and able to help their own people and Institutions. Members of the DFBSST are Black technical professionals who give as a token of appreciation for the sacrifices others made which contributed to their success. The long-range goal of the Fund is to build an endowment of 1 million dollars.

Since its inception, DFBSST has provided over $700,000 in scholarships to 230 students pursuing an education in science and technology. Two hundred one (201) of these students have already graduated. DFBSST scholars cover a broad spectrum of technical disciplines (i.e., aerospace, civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical engineering; architecture, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics). While most DFBSST graduates have gone on to establish their technical careers, others went on to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school.



Updated April 13, 2024
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.