The scholarship was established in 1999 by a generous gift from the Mansfield Family Foundation in honor of Anne and Albert Mansfield. The scholarship will help students interested in social justice work to enroll in a social justice-related course for the summer semester. The scholarship will cover tuition for a three-credit social justice-related course in any discipline. The Mansfield Scholarship is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students across the university.
Applications for summer 2024 will open early 2024.
Charles works for First Defense Legal Aid where he runs “Know Your Rights” workshops and provides free legal help to anyone that’s been arrested. He also works in the violence prevention field through CeaseFire, currently called, Cure Violence. He is a “loving husband and father of five.” This summer he will be taking Sociology 381, Pandemics, Prisons and Pipelines.
Update as of March 2022: Charles Jones was an amazing student, father, friend and community member. May he rest in power.
Since 1945, Roosevelt University has recognized and allowed minorities and other marginalized groups to shine beyond the adversity they have faced in their lifetime. Roosevelt continuously emphasizes the importance of social justice and allows students to have a chance even when they are overlooked by others. Troy Gaston, 37, describes himself as one of those students "able to blossom because of the second chance that he was given by the university". Troy Gaston plans to go to law school. Troy's story was featured in the Torch.
Update as of March 2022: Troy Gaston will begin a PhD program in the Fall 2022.
Yelitza Mendoza is a rising senior at Roosevelt majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a McNair scholar, she was given the opportunity to conduct research on the barriers that may exist for families to obtain housing opportunities in different neighborhoods of the city of Chicago. She became interested in taking the three-credit, Sociology of Chicago Neighborhoods course, during the summer because she believed it would allow her to further expand on her research. After graduating from Roosevelt she plans to obtain an Master's degree in Education Administration and work either in higher education or in an organization that focuses on creating a positive change within the education system.