Kenneth R. and Lancy A Gray essay contest

The University invites undergraduate students of any major to participate in an essay contest on the topic “Fostering Understanding amongst People of Different Cultures.” This is for undergraduates only. The winner will be awarded an $800 academic scholarship for academic year 2011-2012.

This is made possible each year by Mrs. Doris Gray and the Gray family to honor the memory of her daughter, Lancy and her husband, Dr. Kenneth R. Gray, who served as a member of UB Board of Trustees, through the ongoing of this endowed scholarship. Dr. and Mrs. Grays’ daughter, the late Lancy Amelie Gray, passed away suddenly in 2000. Lancy was fluent in several languages and learned at an early age how to move freely in various cultures. By the time she was 15 years old, she attended schools in Kenya, the United States, Germany and Morocco. Lancy spoke German, English and French and had a basic knowledge of Arabic. Lancy was an accomplished cellist and played in an orchestra. She intended to study cultural anthropology and world religions.

Dr. Gray was a professor of business, a senior Fulbright Fellow at Alakhawayn University in Morocco and was a trustee of the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Gray served as Professor for International Business at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Dr. Gray passed away in Spring 2007. He was recognized by his colleagues as an exceptional scholar, as a man deeply committed to intercultural understanding and as an example of academic and personal integrity.

To be eligible for the Kenneth R. and Lancy A. Gray essay contest, current UB undergraduates and incoming freshman and/or transfers need to fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Be an undergraduate UB student in good academic standing.
  2. Have a demonstrated need for financial assistance based on existing FAFSA and University of Bridgeport standards
  3. Have an interest in fostering understanding amongst people of different cultures.
  4. Write and submit an essay of 600 words or more on the topic “Fostering understanding amongst People of Different Cultures.”

The essay must be submitted to Dr. Thomas Ward, Vice President for International Programs in Carlson 235 by November 1, 2011 or sent by email to by the same date.

The winner will be determined by a panel of faculty. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ward at 203-576-4966 or email him at The winner of this year’s contest will be announced on November 30, 2011.