Xavier University’s Black Student Association (BSA) and Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the 37th annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 19. This year's theme was Making dreams a reality through hope, faith and determination. The gala recognizes outstanding Xavier students, faculty and staff for and contributions to the African American community at the University through academics and leadership.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Tonya Matthews, vice president of museums at the Cincinnati Museum Center. She creates learning opportunities at the Museums.
Josephine Lando of Nairobi received the Antonio Johnson Scholarship. She is double majoring in International Business and Accounting with a minor in gender and diversity studies. The AJ Scholarship is awarded to an African American junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership, involvement and service. It is equivalent to one year’s tuition, book stipends and room and board.
The Macy’s Multicultural Award went to Tapuwa Chikwinya of Seattle, Washington. He is an International Business major with a minor in Natural Sciences.
The following students were the other finalists for this year’s AJ scholarship:
(26059) Doree' Conley of Tridelphia, WV is majoring in International Studies with minors in Africana Studies and French.
(40202) Erin Arney of Louisville is majoring in Psychology with minors in Africana Studies and biology.
(40508) Lauren White of Lexington is majoring in Political Science with minors in Africana Studies and Communication Arts.
(45011) Alexis Burnett of Hamilton is majoring in accounting with a minor in information technology.
(45040) Davis Lara of Mason is double majoring in Accounting and Finance.
(48197) Darnell Miller of Ypsilanti is majoring in Finance.
(98023) Tapuwa Chikwinya of Seattle, WA is majoring in International Business with a minor in Natural Sciences.
(Kenya) Josephine Lando of Nairobi is double majoring in International Business and Accounting with a minor in gender and diversity studies.
(Bahamas)Armando Moss of Nassau is majoring in Accounting.
The Antonio Johnson scholarship honors a Xavier student who pioneered social change and justice at Xavier. He organized and implemented activities for Black Awareness Month in February, 1976, and died later that year. He was majoring in urban studies and had served as president of the BSA. The gala and scholarship keep his vision alive.