The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These scholarships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who are active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, building the movement for economic justice or creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund was founded in 1961 as the Marian Davis Scholarship Fund, a memorial to a teacher and political activist who died of breast cancer in 1960. Marian and her husband, Horace, were advocates for racial justice and the rights of labor. One of the people attracted to the fund was Norton S. Putter, who gave generously of his time and resources. Norton was born in Poland, which his family left to escape poverty and the attacks of anti-Semites. Norton spent his life in the United States working for justice, particularly in the Civil Rights movement.
These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Since 1961, the fund has awarded well over 1,000 scholarships to students who represent the spirit and commitment Marian, Horace and Norton brought to the movement for peace and justice.
Application available online
April 1, 2015
Applicants informed of decision.