The family of W. DeEdwin Hursey, a former SGA president from the Class of 1967, has established a scholarship endowment in his memory.
The family, joined by friends from the Class of 1967, paid DSU President Harry L. Williams a visit July 27 to present him with a $10,000 check to establish the W. DeEdwin Hursey Endowed Memorial Scholarship.
Characterized as a “dedicated and loyal son of DSU,” Mr. Hursey – known as “De” – provided creative leadership and impetus for a project called the “One Hundred by One Hundred Alumni and Friends Twilight March” in the mid-1990s. During an eight-year period, the project raised more than $40,000 to go toward University programs.
A proud native of Bridgeton, N.J., Mr. Hursey passed away suddenly in 2004. In his post-undergraduate years, Mr. Hursey remained connected to DSU and his classmates, celebrating the lifetime bonds that he felt could only be achieved at an HBCU. He was also a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Carole Laster Hursey, DeEdwin’s sister, was joined in the visit by her son and also DSU alumnus Reginald Laster, ’92; grandnieces Madison and Kyra Laster; along with class of 1967 classmates Iris Taylor-Smith, Dr. J. Scott King and Theodore F. Laws Jr.
The W. DeEdwin Hursey Endowed Memorial Scholarship is for full-time DSU students from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in southern New Jersey who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and are involved in at least one extracurricular campus activity that promotes goodwill and student excellence.