William C. Jason Fellows

William CJason Fellows honor William CJason ‘1888 the first black alum of Allegheny College’s legacy by committing themselves to excel academically and co-curricularly. Jason Fellows assist with the daily operations of the IDEAS Center, participate in monthly IDEAS Center Staff meetings, receive professional development workshops, and work on special projects as assigned.

“Who is William C. Jason?” you might ask. Jason was Allegheny’s first black graduate, class of 1888. He dedicated himself to hard work and educational access, and even went on to become President of Delaware State University!  Jason spent his teens trying his hand at several different vocations, namely as a printer, barber, and even shopkeeper at the age of 18 before he became a Gator. As President of Delaware State University William Jason was known to accept any student at the college, even if they could not afford tuition, as long as the student was dedicated enough “to work his passage.”