Our Research Grants

AASF proudly offers research grants to graduate students and professionals whose scholarship focuses upon African American SUCCESS.  It is dedicated to the investigation, documentation, and showcasing of the many success strategies used by African Americans throughout the life cycle. By doing so, it hopes to:

    • Define Black Success — build the science of African American success by providing support for the focused study of this important topic.
    • Develop a resource pool of individuals who are knowledgeable about the success strategies of African Americans.
    • Counter negative myths and stereotypes that undermine the attainment and maintenance of success in society.
    • Contribute to the education of individuals who are interested in African American success issues.

Memorial Research Grant

Lydia Donaldson 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 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, graduate school, and thrive in their careers. 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 and career performance.

Former grant 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.

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The Grant Selection Committee


Special Recognition Grant

At it’s sole discretion, the AASF Board of Directors awards a Special Recognition Grant to support the research of applicants for the Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant whose proposals were not selected, but whose research is deemed meritorious and worthy of AASF’s support.

There is no application process for the AASF Board of Directors Special Recognition Grant. Recommendations are made by the Grant Selection Committee during the proposal review process and are submitted to the AASF Board for their consideration.

Read About The Scholars Who Have Received An AASF Grant & Their Research

Read The Scientific Reports of AASF Grantees