Two Retired Professors Sign Endowed Scholarships

May 24, 2013

Professors Oral Moses and Rosa Bobia, both recently retired from KSU, generously gave back this month by establishing endowed, merit-based scholarships for students in their respective fields.

Oral Moses, Professor Emeritus of Voice and Music Literature since 1984, established the Dr. Oral L. Moses Endowed Scholarship on May 2, which will benefit students in the College of the Arts who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in voice performance.  Recipients of this scholarship must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and can renew the scholarship for up to four years.

A South Carolina native, Moses began his singing career as a member of the U.S. Seventh Army Soldier’s Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany and as a member of the famed Fisk Jubilee Singers while attending Fisk University following his military career.  As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he studied in Germany and Austria, and upon his return to the United States he earned a Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from the University of Michigan.   Moses was a scholarship recipient himself throughout his academic career from his undergraduate degree to his Ph.D.

Two weeks later on May 17, Rosa Bobia established the Dr. Rosa Bobia Endowed Scholarship for full- or part-time undergraduate students studying Modern Language and Culture or African and African Diaspora Studies.  The scholarship is renewable up to four years while maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.

Bobia taught at Kennesaw State for over two decades, serving as Professor of French and Director of the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS).  As a former scholarship recipient during college, it was Bobia’s goal to offer support for the next generation of students who are committed to achieving their academic goals.  She currently has several publications in the works, including a book profiling the experiences of James Baldwin in France.

Both Moses and Bobia have given regularly to the University during their careers and have made a tremendous impact on the lives of their students, colleagues, and the KSU staff.