The Keeper of the Dream Award was established in January 1993 to recognize Oakland University students who have contributed to interracial understanding and good will.
- Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement (a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at time of application)
- Have a clear career focus and academic persistence
- Be returning to Oakland in the fall and winter semester of the following academic year
The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and awards up to six scholarships to students that best demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities through their involvement on campus and in the community by breaking down racial and cultural stereotypes and by promoting unity among all people to foster a campus environment rich in diversity and multiculturalism.
It is also an opportunity to publicly recognize students who exemplify Dr. King’s vision, and to award them annual scholarships for their efforts in promoting interracial tolerance and understanding.
A steady increase in corporate contributions has made it possible to increase the initial level of awards from two $1,000 scholarships in 1993 to several $5,000 scholarships. Since its inception, over eighty students from a wide variety of academic majors have been awarded scholarships.
For more information about the award requirements, please contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives.
is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She was most recently seen on NBC’s
critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for it’s 5th season and
is currently co-starring in HBO’s “True Blood”.
Jurnee also starred in Tyler Perry’s 2013 film “Temptation.” The film was Perry’s biggest grossing
box-office hit outside of his “Madea” brand.
Jurnee was also seen
in the last two seasons of NBC’s Emmy Award Winning series, “Friday Night Lights” alongside Connie Britton and Kyle
Chandler. Shortly thereafter, she
starred opposite Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell in CBS’, “The Defenders.”
Jurnee starred in “The Great Debaters” with Forest Whitaker
and Denzel Washington, who also directed the drama.
In addition to receiving rave reviews, the
film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and Jurnee won the NAACP
Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture. She made her breakthrough
performance at the age of 11, starring in “Eve's Bayou” opposite Samuel L.
Jackson for which she won the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Youth
Performance and was cited by Interview Magazine as one of the five Hollywood
stars to watch in the new millennium.
Other film credits include starring in "Roll Bounce,"
"Gridiron Gang," and "Beautiful Joe" with Sharon
Her past television appearances
include roles on "House," "E.R.," "Strong
Medicine," "NYPD Blue," and Jurnee closed out the 2009 series of
“Grey’s Anatomy” with a performance that received critical acclaim everywhere.
Jurnee began her television acting career at the age of four
with a recurring role on "Full House," later reviving the character
for a season of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper." She followed by starring
on the 1994-1995 ABC comedy "On Our Own" with her real life sister
and four brothers.
In addition to acting and singing, Jurnee is an activist and
the youngest board member of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a nonprofit
organization working in the U.S and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, advance
human rights, and educate and empower children orphaned by AIDS as well as
other at-risk youth. Jurnee has been
involved with ANSA since the age of 11 and in 2006, became ANSA's pioneer
presenter for Positively Speaking, a program of the Los Angeles Unified
District HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit that brings people infected or affected by
the disease into middle and high school classes to tell their own stories and
lead discussions. She has traveled to
South Africa through her efforts with ANSA, and met with Nelson Mandela,
Archbishop Tutu, and Zackie Achmat as well as people living with HIV/AIDS and
children orphaned by the disease.
In 2010, Jurnee completed an official U.S. mission for the
U.S. State Department in which she was sent to Botswana, Swaziland and South
Africa to conduct workshops with women and youth about activism, empowerment
and HIV/AIDS. She also recently joined the board of the Children’s Defense Fund
at the invitation of longtime mentor, Marian Wright Edelman.