Bennett Day Upper School Student Awarded the Ewing-Jones Scholarship

Bennett Day School Abby Ewing-Jones Scholarship

Abby, a 9th grader at Bennett Day School in Chicago, was recently awarded the Ewing-Jones Scholarship which will support her in attending the Leadership Academy at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute this summer (hosted at Princeton University).

CHICAGO, May 18, 2021 — Abby R., a ninth grader at Bennett Day School in Chicago, was recently awarded the Ewing-Jones Scholarship. Started by Chicago poet and author Eve L. Ewing and her husband Damon Jones, the scholarship will support Abby in attending the Leadership Academy at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute this summer, hosted through Princeton University. Abby is the sole recipient of the 2021 Ewing-Jones scholarship.

“We are incredibly proud of Abby’s achievement and her attendance at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute this summer. We are even more proud of the curious, enthusiastic, collaborative, and empathic person she is in our community,” said Martin Moran, Lead Designer and Director of the Bennett Day Upper School. “Students like Abby deserve every recognition for their academic achievement, but more importantly for who they are as people.”

Committed to service and fighting for access to underserved communities, Ewing and Jones initially created this scholarship when they became engaged to be married. Rather than honoring their love and commitment with a ring, they decided to celebrate their partnership by supporting a young person in taking the next steps in life.

“I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity to learn and meet people with different experiences,” said Abby. “I am excited to learn more about how I can be a change for my community!”

The W.E.B Du Bois Scholars Institute is a leadership development organization for adolescents and secondary students from families and communities who have experienced historical barriers to achievement and opportunity. The institute aims to foster well-rounded young minds and wisdom-loving change agents working to create a more just and human world. This summer, the five-week program will take place virtually. The online program will feature various course offerings taught by university professors, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral candidates from top research universities and institutions throughout the country.


About The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute. (n.d.). WEB Du Bois Scholars Institute.

Ewing, E. L. (2021). The Ewing-Jones Scholarship. Eve L. Ewing. 

Samantha Rud, Marketing Manager
Bennett Day School