Dr. Joseph L. White Book Scholarship Fund for UA students

Dr. Joseph L. White

Scholarship eligibility information

Amount: $500 book scholarship


  • Open to The University of Akron African American Male students
  • Qualifying students should be in their second year at The University of Akron
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Must have a faculty/contract professional recommendation
  • Transfer students may apply after first semester of attending The University of Akron having earned a minimum 2.5 GPA

Scholarship application

About Dr. Joseph L. White

For more than a half century, Dr. White enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and
mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant and practicing psychologist. He was professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor and Director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs.

Dr. White received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961. On May 10, 2007, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Minnesota. This is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, and it recognizes individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public affairs or in a field of knowledge and scholarship. On May 24, 2008, he was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. White authored several papers and books:

  • “The Psychology of Blacks” (2011; 1999; 1990; 1984);
  • “The Troubled Adolescent” (1989);
  • “Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America” (1999);
  • “Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America” (2006; 2011); and
  • “Building Multicultural Competency: Development, Training, and Practice” (2008).

He was a pioneer in the field of Black psychology and was affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” of Black psychology by his students, mentees and younger colleagues.

His seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African American and ethnic psychology. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. White had been a practicing psychologist and consultant. He had served as a supervising psychologist and staff affiliate psychologist to five hospitals and three clinical practices in Southern California. He had worked as a consultant with school districts, universities, private organizations, drug prevention programs and government agencies. White was appointed to the California State Psychology Licensing Board by Governor Edmund Grown, Jr., and served as chairman for three years. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Menninger Foundation in Houston, Texas.

In 2014, UA established the Dr. Joseph L. White Book Scholarship Fund for students, which is awarded at the University’s annual Black Male Summit.


Dr. Joe White speaks about the importance of education.

Donation amount begins at but is not limited to $10

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