Alumni & Friends of SUNY Plattsburgh



James Augustus Wilson Scholarship Endowment

“He believed in things that were true, that were pure, that were lovely and that were of good report. In teaching, he urged upon his students the life of high thinking and clean living.” - E.C. Roberts, The Tuskegee Messenger, August 28, 1926.

This endowment was created to honor James Augustus Wilson, class of 1902. Mr. Wilson was the first African American student to enroll and graduate from Plattsburgh Normal School, the first incarnation of what we now know as SUNY Plattsburgh. The James Augustus Wilson Scholarship will recognize and support African American students, enrolled full-time at SUNY Plattsburgh, for their academic achievement and leadership.

During his time at the Plattsburgh Normal School, Mr. Wilson established himself as a student leader and was selected to provide a commencement address which was titled “Up from the Depths.” Following his graduation, he went on to acquire another degree at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. And, again, he was selected to give another commencement address at Wesleyan University. Mr. Wilson dedicated his life to education and taught at Clark University (now Clark Atlanta University), Sam Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson University), and Tuskegee College (now Tuskegee University).

The effort to establish the James Augustus Wilson Endowment was initiated by
Greg Riley ’77 and Bruce Mante ’79.


Contact Information

Office of Alumni Relations
Hawkins Hall Room 113
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901-2681

Phone: (518) 564-2090 or (800) 964-1889
FAX: (518) 564-2094