Tiara Anderson of Milwaukee, Wis., is this year’s winner of the Antonio Johnson Scholarship awarded in April by the Xavier University Scholarship Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Association.
The 36th Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala recognizes outstanding students of African descent at Xavier and awards a total of six scholarships and awards. The Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award provides full tuition, fees, room and board, and books for the senior year. Tiara Anderson is a mathematics major with a minor in education.
Other award winners include Macy’s Multicultural Award to Rebecca Dobbs of Cincinnati, Outstanding Sophomore of the year to Darnell Miller of Ypsilanti, Mich., Outstanding Senior of the year to Naomi Mbanefo of Northridge, Cal., Outstanding Service award to Dore’e Conley of Triadelphia, W.V., and the Leadership Award to Kezia Southern of Huber Heights, Ohio.
The Antonio Johnson Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Antonio Johnson, a student who began his academic career at Xavier in June 1971. While majoring in urban studies, he participated in the school band and was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as president of the Black Student Association and single-handedly organized activities for Black Awareness Month in February 1976.
Johnson died suddenly at age 22 in February that year. He is remembered as a caring, compassionate, confident and articulate individual dedicated to social change and justice. The Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award is presented in his name each year to a junior of African descent with demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership, involvement, service and a history of significant contributions to the Black Student Association and/or the Xavier University community.