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Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship

The Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship is a one-year, full-time research opportunity

Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship

The Ware Research Fellowship is open to graduate students who will be engaged in conducting original research on an issue related to African American women in one of the following areas: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. The Ware Fellowship offers an annual stipend. The Fellowship has been awarded in past years to:

  • Ruth T. Jones in 1998—research project on charter school education
  • Zinga A. Fraser in 2009—research project on Black women in politics
  • Kidogo A. Kennedy in 2012—research on the perceived impact of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s educational development programs on youth participants.

The Life and Legacy of Vivian A. Ware

Remembering Vivian A. Ware

Vivian Augusta Faison, born December 20, 1921, was the sixth child of Hattie Belle and John Edward Faison of Greenville County, Virginia. She completed Mars Hill Grammar School in six years and graduated with honors from the County High School in Emporia, Virginia.

Vivian studied at Virginia State College, where she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She served as Chapter President and graduated in June 1947 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education. Ware taught home Economics at Hayden High School in Franklyn, Virginia. She organized farm wives for home improvements and farm children for 4-H participation. She also counseled community residents on the voter registration examinations that were used to disenfranchise minorities.

A Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Vivian Ware was honored by the Sorority in 1988 at the Diamond Jubilee National Convention as a “Delta Diamond.” In 1992, she joined the Board of Directors of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. An active member of the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter (MCAC) of Delta, she received the chapter’s Annual Community Service Award in 1992. The retired educator volunteered faithfully as a tutor with the Adult Literacy Program of MCAC. Art work that she created adorned many MCAC program covers, particularly, the Jabberwock Souvenir Program cover.

Vivian A. Ware passed on July 8, 1994. This Fellowship is made possible from an endowment fund established in her honor by her husband Lt. Col. (Ret) Ivan Ware.


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