UMBC has named its inaugural LaMont Toliver Scholar — graduating senior chemical engineering major Adrian Davey ’18, a member of the 26th Meyerhoff Scholars cohort.
Named for Meyerhoff Scholars Program director and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education LaMont Toliver, who passed away in 2012, the scholarship has been supported overwhelmingly by alumni and friends.
While at UMBC, Davey served as president of the National Society of Black Engineers as well as a teaching assistant and peer advisor while also completing research internships at UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin.
Davey “embodies many of the qualities LaMont Toliver epitomized: integrity; spirit of service to our community; grit and tenacity of purpose; and, most of all, an unwavering instinct to treat others with compassion and respect,” wrote current Meyerhoff Director Keith Harmon in a letter to scholarship donors.
Davey plans to enter a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, in chemical engineering in the fall.
“I am tremendously grateful to have been selected for this award,” he said. “Mr. Toliver was an incredibly inspirational figure for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and beyond. I am immensely honored to be likened to him in any measure.”
— Jenny O’Grady