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Dr. Anna P. Burrell

Dr. Anna P. Burrell was the first African American Faculty member at Buffalo State College. Dr. Burrell was a Professor of education and human relations at the college from 1948 to 1970. She was a much honored lecturer amd human rights specialist at the national and international level. Dr. Burrell was a visiting professor at Rutgers University and the University of Buffalo. She conducted numerous human relations workshops and seminars for teachers and the administration at Buffalo State College. Dr.Burrell was a Fulbright Lecturer in India and the author of numerous books on psychology in human relations and child guidance.

Dr. Burrell earned her BS degree in Chemistry and MS Degree in Medical Science from the University of Pennsylvania. she earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Relations from New York University. Dr. Burrell was active in the Buffalo Council of the State Commission Against Discrimination, The Buffalo Chapter of the National Conference of Christans and Jews, The Urban League of Buffalo, The National Council of Women in the United States and Numerous other civic and community groups.

 Scope And Purpose Of The Dr.Anna Burrell Program

The Dr. Anna P. Burrell Diversity Scholars Program is designedto enhance student diversity at Buffalo State College through supportive services, activities, and a campus environment that is highly conducive to high academic achievement.

The focus of the program is to recruit and retain student who contribute to the diversity of the student body and have demonstrated that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

An emphasis is placed on developing students' leadership skills. Prominent role models and leaders from the Western New York community in fields such as politics, law, medicine, engineering, business, and industry meet with the students to share practical information on their professions.


Eligibility Requirments

To apply for the scholarship program at BSC, the student:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Must be a New York State resident
  • Must demonstrate that he/she has over a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education
  • Must have completed a college preparatory high school program (four years each of English and social Studies and three to four years each of Mathematics and Science)
  • Must have achieved a minimum 85 percent high school average
  • Must be in the upper 40 percent of high school class