The James Dickson Carr Scholarship Program




Since the inception of the Carr Scholar Program in 1985, more than a thousand Carr Scholars have enrolled at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  The award is named for James Dickson Carr, the first African-American graduate of Rutgers.  Carr was well known at Rutgers for his public speaking skills and extraordinary intellect.  He was one of five Rutgers students inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 1891.  He graduated from Rutgers the next year and was admitted to Columbia Law School, where he obtained his law degree in 1896.  Carr became a member of New York Bar that same year.  In 1899, he was appointed assistant district of New York County, and in 1904, he was made assistant corporation counsel of the New York City Law Department.


James Dickson Carr Society

The James Dickson Carr Society is an organization created by Carr Scholars in 1988.   Its major goal is to promote cultural awareness, community service, and professional development.  Its weekly meetings feature debates and discussions, guest speakers from inside and outside of the university, and planning sessions for various fund-raising and other activities sponsored by the Carr Society.  Carr scholars and members of the Carr society are among the most active students at Rutgers University.  They are officers in collegiate governing bodies, captains of intercollegiate athletic teams, and members of various other university and national honor societies.

Our Mission Statement

The James Dickson Carr Society was established to commemorate the memory of James Dickson Carr, first black graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

The Society's membership honors his name through the principles of scholarship, leadership, character, community outreach and volunteerism.  In addition, the Society serves as a place for open discussion of local and international issues for its members and the Rutgers University community.

In the name of James Dickson Carr, and as members of the Society, we pledge to promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership, volunteerism and social justice within and outside of the Rutgers University