Alumni Feature: Dempsey J. Travis
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