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Tony Williams Memorial Endowed TYP Scholarship

Established in 2007 to honor Tony Williams, the beloved longtime director of Brandeis’ acclaimed Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP), this scholarship supports intelligent and talented undergraduate students who typically have not had access to rigorous college-preparatory courses in their previous schooling experiences through this program.

The Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program is an integral part of the university’s founding and enduring commitment to social justice. Founded in 1968, the MKTYP is a one-year academic program for students who have developed the skills for college success by practicing leadership in their life experiences.

Tony Williams was the beloved longtime director of Brandeis’ acclaimed Transitional Year Program (TYP). Williams came to Brandeis as assistant dean of students in 1969. Later he was appointed director of TYP, put in charge of a pioneering initiative that gives outstanding individuals their first real chance to pursue a rigorous university education. He retired as director in 2004 and passed away in 2007. Over his tenure, he definitely left a legacy.

As all great teachers understand, Williams knew that some of the most enduring lessons have little to do with subject matter. “With Mr. Williams, it wasn't just about academics,” said Pedro Pontes ’00, a MKTYP student during the 1995-1996 academic year. “He taught us so much more than that. He taught important life lessons.”

Marvin J. and Lorna E. Gilmore Endowed TYP Scholarship

Marvin Gilmore, honored World War II veteran, African American business trailblazer, humanitarian, and longtime leader of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Boston, musician, and family man established the Gilmore Scholarship in 2011 to support MKTYP students. Brandeis thanks Gilmore’s contributions as both a philanthropist/benefactor and a crucial role model to students in the school’s MKTYP, founded to help students from underserved populations thrive in a rigorous college environment.

Summer Opportunities Grant Program

The Summer Opportunity Grant Program extends the opportunity afforded to students during the academic year. In addition to providing a chance to pursue their passions for learning, the Golden Summer Opportunity Grant Program also allows students to explore career goals and opportunities that their peers typically pursue to prepare for graduate school or the job market after graduation.

Erika J. Smith Technology Fund

The Erika J. Smith Technology Fund provides funds for technology, computers, and/or software for our first-year scholars. This fund helps address the digital divide that many of students experience because they may not have access to technology and/or computers.

To support the MKTYP with a gift, please visit our Giving Opportunities page to make a gift using our secure online giving form. Questions? Email ruthmaffa@brandeis.edufor assistance.