A new scholarship at the IU School of Education will honor Elder Watson Diggs, the first African American to graduate from the school in 1916. The scholarship is a partnership with the Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc., an organization Diggs co-founded.
"This honor will be a great, lasting testament to Founder Elder W. Diggs' passion and life's work. It is an enduring recognition of the legacy of our principal Founder,” said Kevin Scott, Grand Historian for Kappa Alpha Psi.
In 1910 when Diggs attended IU, he was one of the few African American students enrolled. University life was racially challenging for African American students. They were barred from engaging in activities permitted to white students, such as residing in student dormitories, using entertainment and recreational facilities and engaging in contact sports.