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Roosevelt alumnus Dempsey J. Travis - author, real estate entrepreneur, jazz musician, civil rights pioneer, providing academic scholarships to students

Alumni Feature: Dempsey J. Travis

Posted: 01/08/2014

The late Dempsey J. TravIs (BA, ’49) was one of Roosevelt’s most accomplished alumni. During his lifetime, Travis worked to make change for the better in Chicago and beyond as a prolific writer and book author, real estate entrepreneur, jazz musician and civil rights pioneer.

Now, four years after his death in July 2009, Travis, through the Mittie, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis Foundation, is continuing to make a difference by providing scholarships this academic year to 17 promising Roosevelt undergraduates who have demonstrated academic achievement, a need for financial assistance and an interest in giving back to their communities.

The scholarship recipients, who all live in Chicago, include freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a plan and goal for making change in their communities just as Travis once did. You can read about one of the students, Howard L. Brown