Funded by the Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick


The Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick are pleased to offer a $1,500.00 scholarship in honor of William L. Dunbar. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving New Brunswick High School alumnus who: (1) is currently attending an accredited 4-year college or university; (2) will continue his/her matriculation at an accredited 4-year college or university in the fall 2016; (3) has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and (4) has a proven track record of community service.


The application for the William L. Dunbar Scholarship for Excellence must be completed and submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016. 


The recipient of the William L. Dunbar Memorial Scholarship for Excellence will be recognized at the New Brunswick Education Foundation’s (NBEF) Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison, NJ. The actual scholarship award, with a written designation for use, will be forwarded on behalf of the recipient directly to the college or university that he/she will attend.


Mr. Dunbar was an extraordinary teacher at New Brunswick High School. He motivated, challenged, and inspired “diamonds in the rough” to strive for high academic achievement in spite of adverse circumstances and obstacles. Moreover, he instilled a strong sense of character, pride and discipline in his students, which he believed were much-needed tools for inner-city youth to defy the odds and make their mark in society.


Mr. Dunbar’s teaching style was unique for an urban classroom setting. He constantly exposed his students to college level curriculum, advanced public speaking symposiums and rigorous writing exercises, believing in them every step of the way. He had an innate ability to capture and open young minds to doors of opportunity through education. Mr. Dunbar also invited former students to “come back” and “give back” by sharing their college experiences as a testament that the pursuit of higher education can be attained.


His mission to prepare students for college was advanced though the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Players, a youth organization he founded in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This organization cultivated student leadership and promoted the performing arts. The King Players presented a dramatization on the life and times of Dr. King through oratory, prose, poetry and music. A key component of the King Players was its Annual Southern Education Tour, which functioned as a catalyst for young people to visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Moreover, Mr. Dunbar established the Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson National Recognition Symposium, which acknowledged a select group of New Brunswick High School graduating seniors for academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Each year, the Woodson Symposium, attended by the New Brunswick Public School District administrators, teachers, parents, alumni, family and friends, served as a wonderful forum for student honorees to publicly announce their college choices and career aspirations.


Over four decades, through his classroom style, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Players, the Annual Carter G. Woodson National Recognition Symposium, and many other initiatives, William L. Dunbar helped more than 5,000 New Brunswick students matriculate to colleges and universities. Without a doubt, this dedicated, caring, and committed educator has and continues to make a tremendous impact in the lives of New Brunswick youth.


For more information on the William L. Dunbar Scholarship for Excellence, contact the NBEF Office via email at: scholarships@nbefonline.org