The Dr. Joseph L. White Pioneering the Way Mentoring Scholarship

Through Mixed Roots Foundation’s Dream to Succeed Fund, the Dr. Joseph L. White Pioneering the Way Mentoring Scholarship will inspire high school and college students to continue Dr. White’s legacy of mentoring as well as connect them to their dreams and educational goals. The official launch of fundraising and outline of criteria for the scholarship will be take place in 2016 with plans to name its first scholarship receipients in 2017.

About Dr. Joseph L. White

Known as the “godfather of black psychology and the guru of mentoring,” Dr. White was born in 1932 in Lincoln, NB and later moved and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in psychology from San Francisco State University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. White spent most of his career at the University of California at Irvine, but held various titles at different locations around the United States, such as researcher, professor, dean, clinician, mentor, and consultant.

While at the California State University at Long Beach, he was instrumental in establishing the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which has provided “educational access and opportunity for more than 250,000 low-income and educationally disadvantaged students throughout California, the majority of whom are first-generation college students.”

Dr. White contributed to the success of many students of color and worked as an advocate to reform the education system. He was one of the founders of the Association of Black Psychologists in 1968, and in 1970, he wrote an article in Ebony magazine that helped alter the perception of black psychology. The article brought to light the unique differences of how ethnic minorities should be treated and understood in psychology.

Dr. White was the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Citation of Achievement in Psychology and Community Service from President Clinton in 1994, the honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Minnesota in 2007, and Alumnus of the Year from San Francisco State University in 2008. Dr. White also served as a trustee with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. White resides in Irvine, CA with his wife Lois of over 30 years and is currently working on his next book focused on mentoring that is due to come out in 2017.