Lee Cary Graduate Student Award

The late Lee J. Cary was a beloved leader and dedicated member of the Community Development Society (CDS) for many years. As a founding member of the CDS, Dr. Cary served as chair of the committee that spearheaded the establishment of the CDS in 1969 and served as the Society’s first president. He held key academic and administrative positions at Syracuse University and the University of Missouri and retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri in 1987. 

The Lee J. Cary family established this fund in memory of Dr. Cary for the purpose of supporting graduate students currently enrolled in MA/MS or PhD programs at accredited higher education institutions with a primary focus on community development, nonprofit leadership/management, or public policy studies. The primary intent of the award is to support the research and/or outreach/engagement efforts of students working on a masters’ thesis, doctoral dissertation, new educational resources, or journal article.