The 2018 Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient has been selected!

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Upon the recommendation of the AASF Grant Selection Committee, the AASF Board of Directors awarded the 2017 Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant to:

Kalynda Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia


In support of her research titled

The Impact of Social and Cognitive Factors on the Academic Achievement of High Achieving African American Undergraduates: An Exploratory Study



on her promotion to Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Special Education

The University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Green is 2016 Recipient of the  AFRICAN AMERICAN SUCCESS FOUNDATION

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant


Cyrell Roberson & Dr. Dante Dixson AASF Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipients

on the publication of their research titled

Psychosocial Keys to African American Achievement? Examining the Relationship Between Achievement and Psychosocial Variables in High Achieving African Americans

Dante D. Dixson, Cyrell C. B. Roberson, Frank C. Worrell in Journal of Advanced Academics Volume: 28 issue: 2, page(s): 120-140

Noted in the publication: “The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant.”


Recipient Of The Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant

Presented Findings at 2017 Success Summit in Orlando, Florida

Black Dads Matter!

Analyzing Ambition, Parent Education, and High Math Achievement



McKnight Fellow

Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law

NIH-Funded Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Epidemiology

University of Florida











The Mission Is Possible!

Our mission is to promote the positive image of African Americans. The AFRICAN AMERICAN SUCCESS FOUNDATION (AASF) is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of information regarding African American achievements to aid in the replication of those successes, and to ensure their accurate portrayal in the global community.

AASF was founded because of concern about the inadequate portrayal of African American accomplishments, and the desire to shape future success. Its challenge is to combat the more pervasive negative imagery, stereotypes and mythology that undermine positive growth and development.

Our Programs Include:

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant


Ms. Tutt-Jones was committed to excellence and achievement in her life, and dedicated many years of her professional career traveling around the country to recruit highly talented and motivated teachers to work in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area public school system. Holder of a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing, and a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources Development which she obtained later in her life, Ms. Tutt-Jones believed in lifelong learning and the ability to succeed with determination and perseverance.

This grant provides financial support to students and professionals who conduct research activities 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 performance.

Former applicants are welcome to reapply. However, it is essential for all applicants to understand that the proposed research MUST focus on African Americans who are excelling academically.

AASF is interested in understanding high achievers — their attitudes, behaviors, types of parenting received, and associated variables that explain how and why they do as well as they do coming from all types of life experiences academic situations, and backgrounds. By building this body of knowledge and disseminating it broadly to the public, AASF hopes to counter myths and negative stereotypes about African Americans and to help others attain success in their own lives. Studies that focus on those who are not excelling will not be considered, though AASF applauds the many researchers, organizations and funding agencies who are working hard everyday to gain understanding in a different manner.

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.

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant

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Charitable support using Black philanthropy to encourage graduate students and professionals to build upon the science of African American success by studying success issues.


If You Are Conducting Research on African American High Academic Achievers apply for the Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant

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AASF is able to grow in its efforts to promote the positive image of African Americans thanks to the generosity of its individual donors whose contributions make this work possible.  Join us in recognizing them by visiting our Memorial Tribute and Honor Tribute pages. 

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