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David A. Booth Scholarship

The David A. Booth Scholarship was established in memory of Political Science Professor David. A. Booth. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming (freshman or transfer) minority student from an urban area.

David A. Booth was born in 1930 in London, England and educated at Wycliffe College and the London School of Economics. He received a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1953 and a doctorate in political science in 1957.

Professor Booth taught at Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, Williams College, and the University of Kentucky before joining the Department of Government and Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967. He was appointed full professor in 1972. During his teaching career, he served as consultant to nearly thirty Massachusetts local governments on issues ranging from police administration to municipal home rule.

From 1984 to 1989, Professor Booth served as president of the Faculty Club, revitalizing the Club and dramatically increasing its membership. He received the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1989 and the Pi Sigma Alpha Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.

Professor Booth died unexpectedly in October 1991. Students, colleagues, and friends responded by starting the Booth Scholarship in his honor.

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The scholarship is awarded to an incoming (freshman or transfer) minority student from an urban area of Massachusetts. 


April 1, 2017


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