Annual Antonio Johnson scholarship banquet gala honors students, faculty

Gala recognizes outstanding individuals for contributions to African-American community through academics, leadership | April 1, 2006

The black student association is hosting the 30th annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 7, at the Cintas Center at 6:30 p.m. The gala, themed, "30 Years of Excellence: A Vision to a Legacy," recognizes outstanding students, faculty and staff for their considerable accomplishments and contributions to the African-American community at the University through academics and leadership. Many honors are presented during the evening, including the Antonio Johnson Scholarship.

The scholarship is given to an African-American junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership, involvement and service. The scholarship amounts to one year’s tuition, including book stipends and room and board.

The scholarship is given each year in honor of Antonio Johnson who pioneered social change and justice at Xavier. Johnson, who died at age 22 while a student at Xavier, organized and implemented activities for Black Awareness Month in February 1976. He died later that year. He was majoring in urban studies and had served as president of the black student association. The gala and scholarship keep Johnson’s memory and vision alive.

The keynote speaker is Brandon McIntosh, youth pastor at Mt. Zion Woodlawn. McIntosh is a 2001 graduate of Xavier where he received a degree in criminal justice. He played on the men’s basketball team and received the most improved student-athlete award in 2001. Before coming to Mt. Zion Woodlawn, he served as co-youth pastor at Inspirational Baptist Church. Today, McIntosh focuses on helping youth recognize God’s vision for them.

In its second year, the Distinguished Scholars Invitational reception is also taking place before the banquet. The invitational hosts outstanding African-American high school juniors from the Cincinnati area. The goal is to expose the students to top-notch African-American college students.

The attire is black tie optional. Tickets are $30 for non-students and $10 for students, and can be purchased from the office of multicultural affairs. An R.S.V.P. is requested by March 20. Please call 513 745-3181 to R.S.V.P.