Fisk distinguished professor of biochemistry Dr. Henry Moses contributed $100,000 today to Fisk in the form of an endowed scholarship in honor of his father and Fisk alumnus, The Rev. Andrew McLean Spaulding (’34).
“It is critical that our community help Fisk University thrive,” Dr. Moses said. “Establishing the scholarship was the least I could do to show my appreciation for my father and also for Fisk’s students who go on to offer themselves for service in the fields of medicine and research.”
“Dr. Moses’ gift represents the years of dedication to creating opportunities for an innumerable number of students,” said President Hazel R. O’Leary. “He is a champion of scholarship and character.”
Dr. Moses received the B.S. degree in Chemistry at Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Purdue University. He began teaching biochemistry at Fisk University in 1966 and currently serves as distinguished professor of biochemistry and biology at Fisk and is professor emeritus of biochemistry and consultant in continuing medical education at Meharry Medical College. Additionally, Moses serves on the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Laboratory Improvement Panel as a Reviewer for the RCMI Program, National Institutes of Health and on the Panel for the selection of Pre Doctoral Fellows of the National Science Foundation
Dr. Princilla Evans-Morris, chair of the department of chemistry at Fisk, was Moses’ first student to earn the Ph.D. with a research concentration in biochemistry. Dr. Evans-Morris also became the first professor of biochemistry at Fisk.
“Dr. Moses had a profound effect on my life,” Dr. Evans-Morris said. “He influenced me to study in the field of biochemistry and would constantly remind us as students that we were privileged to be at Fisk. Dr. Moses has followed my career since I was his student, and he taught my daughter biochemistry when she was in medical school at Meharry.”
To qualify for the Andrew McLean Spaulding scholarship, students must be juniors majoring either in chemistry, biology or psychology with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Candidates for the scholarship must also provide a record of their community service and student leadership opportunities.
Students who are candidates for these awards at Fisk must also provide a record of their community service and leadership opportunities. Awards range from $2,000 to full tuition plus room and board.
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first university. Fisk University, a noted liberal arts institution, produces more African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any college or university in the nation.
For more information of university scholarships, contact the office of financial aid at 615-329-8735.