Fund for African Development

UNH alumnus Ellis A. Woodward makes generous contribution to the Hamel Center

Ellis Woodward

Through the generosity of Ellis A. Woodward, Class of 1974, The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the establishment of the Fund for African Development. This permanent endowment will provide comprehensive financial support for student research projects that are based in Africa and focus on a wide range of development activities, such as those related to: health, education, economic development, infrastructure, community development, agriculture, natural resources management, and environmental conservation concerns.  You can read about examples of the research the Fund will support in UNH’s undergraduate research journal, Inquiry. In 2007 Anna Visciano traveled to South Africa to research the use of drama as an educational tool, and Emily Roberts went to Uganda to investigate the role of nurses at a rural health care clinic.


Ellis Woodward graduated from UNH with a B.A. in political science and pursued a career in national politics, government, and international business. In 2004, he retired to Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Woodward has taught elementary and secondary students in Tanzania and Ghana, and is an active volunteer in UNH’s Pathways Mentor Program.