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Noyes 60th Anniversary Scholarship Testimonials

In the late ‘40s, Charles F. Noyes set up the foundation bearing his wife’s name to enable talented students to attend college and pursue careers in which they could improve the human condition. He made the decision then to allocate one-half of the scholarship to black students. The following testimonies are by a few of the many professionals – leading scientists, physicians, judges, oceanographers – who benefited from Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation scholarships. Today these talented men and women promote equitable justice, protect the oceans, advance public health, fight the spread of infectious disease and disseminate best practices in health care.

“I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity I received through the [Jessie Smith Noyes] Foundation to attend Douglas College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Through that achievement, I was able to assist both my brother and sister in their goals to attend and graduate from college. [In 2003] I was elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. I am now sitting in the Family Court. So, I thank you for your investment in my future, which is still delivering dividends.”

Brenda Frazier-Clemons
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County 
1956–1960 Scholarship Recipient

“Early in 1983 as a graduate student, I was finishing up my thesis and I needed funding to finish my work. Unfortunately in June of that year, I was in a serious motorcycle accident that left me paralyzed and in the hospital for 6 months. The Noyes Foundation put the fellowship on hold and kept the money saved, so that when I finally did return to my studies, the money was there so that I could proceed. I have been writing proposals, working with the government for many years and, looking back, that was incredibly enlightened thinking. The Noyes Foundation made a big difference. The open mindedness to keep the fellowship on hold while I recovered was very advanced thinking and made it possible for me to get my doctorate and go on to get a postdoctorate, and I have been at Woods Hole since.”

David Glover, Ph.D.
Research Specialist, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1983 Noyes Fellowship Recipient

“I had a very good experience working with Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. The Fellowship funded three years of my Ph.D. work.”

Taha E. Taha, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Co-Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1986 Scholarship Recipient

“Being a foreign student from the Netherlands, everything was already terribly expensive. Without the tuition waiver that the Jessie Smith Noyes Fellowship provided, I could not have attended the University of Michigan.”

Hendrika W. Meischke, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Washington
1985 Fellowship Recipient

“The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a true partner and has stood shoulder to shoulder with our organization and many others across the nation in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. Noyes has been there through our fight to clean up military bases, to empower youth in our schools, to create a clean energy future for our children and support the creation of a humane and just US border region. SWU sends a big congratulations and thank you to our friends and family at the Noyes Foundation”

Genaro L. Rendon
Southwest Workers Union

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the work of the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund. Support from the Noyes Foundation has enabled the Federation to continue its efforts to help empower people and local leaders to secure more control over their lives and livelihoods, as well as provide the Federation with critical resources necessary to implement a successful advocacy program while still providing much needed technical assistance to its constituents. It has also helped us expand our collaborative network while generating much needed resources from the private and public sectors.

“Noyes has and continues to be at the forefront of support for organizations like the Federation through some of the most difficult and financially challenging times, including a spiraling economy, disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as the continued crisis in agriculture for small and minority farmers. The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation sets the example of what philanthropy should represent as it works to address the root causes of poverty in this nation and create a just and sustainable society.”

Ralph Paige
Executive Director
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund