This grant provides financial
support to students and professionals who conduct research to study African
American success, particularly in the area of education. It is offered to encourage the
building of the science of African American success by studying those attitudes and
behaviors that cause people to attain academic success. The research can focus upon early
childhood education, student performance in the elementary, middle or high school years,
as well as the attitudes and behaviors that help individuals finish college and graduate
school. It can also focus upon parental behaviors that contribute to student success, as
well as related home and community variables that promote excellence in educational
By focusing upon the strategies
that are working well for many highly successful African Americans nationwide and
spreading the word about these successful strategies, the
African American Success
Foundation can help educational institutions, social service agencies, public
policy makers, and other concerned citizens replicate these successes for many others in
the years to come.
All proposals must make it clear
that the research focus is on high academic achievers. Studies
that are part of larger research projects or dissertations that are
comparing high achievers to others may be considered if the
AASF proposal focuses
exclusively on those who are excelling. Studies about
those who are slipping, lagging, just getting by, or who are failing will
not be considered.
Over the years, many very fine proposals
could not be funded because they failed to meet grant criteria.
All proposals must clearly state how high
academic achievers or high achievers are being defined. Itís not enough to
simply state that subjects are college students, are in advanced classes,
honors programs, or are pursuing doctorates. The Grant Selection Committee
cannot assume that all of these subjects are doing well. Your proposal must
indicate how this success is being defined and measured. And when the
research includes subjects score below a 3.0 GPA, for example, the proposal
must make it clear that, to meet AASFís
criteria, the study targets only those who are scoring 3.0 GPA or better.
All proposals must use datasets that enable
the researcher to partial out African-American high achievers. The Grant
Selection Committee realizes that other populations may be of interest and
applauds this research, but the exclusive focus of the
Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones
Memorial Research Grant is on African-Americans.
All grant applications must include 6 sets
of all materials so that all reviewers have a complete set.
All grant application materials should be
copied on one side of the page and not on the front and back of the page.
This will not disqualify a proposal from review, but certainly is not
All grant submissions should be submitted
by traditional mail or express methods.
AASF does not
accept e-mail or other electronic submission of proposals.