Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship was established in 1988 to reduce, over time, the serious underrepresentation on faculties of individuals from minority groups, as well as to address the consequences of these racial disparities for the education system and the larger community that it serves.
The program is named in honor of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, mentor and unofficial senior advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The MMUF program has been established at forty-two elite college and universities and thirty-nine members of the United Negro College Fund.
MMUF aims to identify and support students of great promise and help them to become scholars of the highest distinction.
In the 3,733 students that have or are currently participating nationally, MMUF has produced 405 PhDs with another 645 in progress.