Scholarships and Fellowships

Christell Boyd-Abner (Psychology)
The Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color Winner, 2012

Christell Boyd-Abner, a University of Pittsburgh senior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences who is majoring in psychology with related studies in sociology, has been selected to receive the 2012 Woodrow Wilson- Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship (WWRBF) for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Boyd-Abner is among 25 individuals nationwide selected for the third cohort of WW-RBF recipients.

A first-generation college student, Boyd-Abner is an active member of Pitt’s Reaching Inside of Yourself for Excellence (RISE) Mentoring Program, which works to boost retention and graduation rates of underrepresented groups in postsecondary institutions. She received RISE’s Stand-Out Student Award given to those who exemplify hard work and dedication to “upholding the standards of a RISE student.”

Boyd-Abner has served as a volunteer in Philadelphia Freedom Schools and, prior to transferring from the Pitt-Bradford regional campus to the University’s Pit tsburgh campus, tutored Bradford students in College Algebra 2. Through WeDoBigThings-Philadelphia, whose mission is to “socioeconomically diversify postsecondary institutions,” Boyd-Abner mentors inner-city youth who are aspiring college/ university enrollees. This past fall, she was inducted into Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology.