Mon September 10, 2012
Scholarship in honor of Alison Des Forges
A new scholarship for graduates of the Buffalo Public Schools interested in studying human rights - will be available at UB next year.
The late historian, human rights activist, and local resident Alison Des Forges is being honored - by the University at Buffalo - with a four-year scholarship in her name.
Des Forges earned a MacArthur Foundation Award in 1999 - for her land mark book on genocide in Rowanda - and was senior advisor to Human Rights Watch. She was flying home aboard Flight 3407 - when it crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.
Alison's husband UB Professor Roger Des Forges said their two children attended Bennett Park Montesouri and City Honors - where Alison volunteered for about 15-years. And he said the new four-year scholarship will favor students who have the greatest financial need.
Helene Kramer Chair of the Des Forges Memorial Committee said Alison believed in city school children - and in their capacity to learn.
The scholarship will be available starting in the fall of 2013.