DR. JESSE BELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: "Do this in remembrance of me."
For the better part of my childhood, I grew up with out my father. I love my father dearly, and now we spend our days trying to make up for lost time. But for whatever reason, at a very very young age, I was left to be a father to myself, my two siblings, and an aide to my single parent mother. As I kid I would diligently search for male role models, to help guide me through those earlier years of my life. They came in the form of coaches, teachers, pastors, and fathers of friends. One of those very special men, was Dr. Jesse O.Bell, the father of one of my longest and closest friends.
Dr. Bell was a very intelligent and accomplished man who came from humble beginnings. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was educated in the public school system from grade school all the way to high school. He received his psychology degree from Eastern Michigan University and then completed his doctorate studies at Columbia University in NYC. Dr. Bell would go on to achieve many accolades and do many things. But what I admired most about Dr. Jesse Bell were not his achievements nor his accolades, but the ardent love for his family and for other people.
He and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters both whom I am blessed to call close friends. I saw first hand the amount of sacrifice and the level of commitment Mr. Bell displayed toward them. I was astonished and enamored. He was one of the first men, outside of my grandfather, to set some sort of positive standard for how a man should dedicate his life to his family. It's a goal I strive for to this day. After Columbia, Dr. Bell came back to Detroit because he wanted to use his gifts and expertise to help the city that raised him. He began his own psychology practice and started to teach at Detroit's Wayne State University. He eventually became the department director of psychology for the collage. He invested his time and resources, at a level above and beyond, for both his patients and his students. They were not just clients and pupils to him. They were his opportunity, his way, his conduit to positively effect lives the best way he could. On one occasion, he even opened his home for several months, to another close friend of mine in his time of need. There is much more I could say, but I think you get the idea. He was a great man.
On May 31st of 2015, I celebrated 28 years of age. Unfortunately, this was also the tragic day Dr. Jesse Bell suddenly passed away. His memory will be forever apart of me. To commemorate his legacy and spirit, his family thought it would be a fantastic idea to start a scholarship in his name. It's what he would want. For a man that spent the majority of his time on earth investing into others and the City of Detroit, it seems only right to immortalize him with such worthy charity.
This is what STUDI GROUP is all about. It's about small but potent moments like these. This is an element of true sustainability. People investing time and resources into local things and institutions, in order to produce strong sustainable communities for all that are apart. This scholarship will help finance the education of a young native Detroiter, who desires to study psychology at Wayne State University. Many of you reading this will not know Dr.Bell. But, you will know some one like him. You will know a person whom had it not been for their influence, you would not be where you are today. That is what Dr. Bell (and many others) was to me, and even more so to his family and countless others. In the spirit of that significant individual I ask that you join in helping us to raise the funds for this scholarship. Help us to remember our loved one in a way that would truly be fitting to him; in a way that would allow him to continue effecting lives for the better, even after death. In the process you will honor yourself, and those that influenced you. To Dr. Jesse Bell, may your spirit live for ever inside those that knew you, and as long as we shall administer this endowment, we will do so in remembrance of you.
Click the link below!!! The requirement to become an official academic scholarship at least $5,000. However we want to go beyond that and raise as much as we can. No contribution is too big and none is too small. It's the heart in which you give with that matters .