2009 Award Winners

May 6, 2009

Xavier University junior Aaron X. Marble, 20, a human resources major with a theology minor from Cincinnati (45207) is the recipient of the 2009 Antonio Johnson Scholarship. The scholarship was announced at the 33rd annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Banquet held April 17 at the University. Marble will receive a full year of tuition, room and board and a book stipend.

Marble, the son of Marsha Marble of Flint, MI is very involved on campus. He is executive secretary of the Black Student Association, Student Rights Representative for the Student Government Association, Vice President of the Sigma Gamma Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and chaplain of the gospel choir. Upon graduation, he will attend law school and pursue a career in employment law.

?I am very appreciative,? Marble told the Xavier Newswire. ?It?s very rewarding to know that the work I?ve done has been recognized. To be honored is a blessing.?  

Katriece R. Carter, a junior double majoring in accounting and finance, was the runner-up for this year?s award. She is from Indianapolis and will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Macy?s Credit and Customer Services.    

Other awards presented were:

  • Antonio Johnson Center for Adult and Part-Time Students Award: Jaren Finney of Cincinnati. She is a junior majoring in liberal arts.  
  • Outstanding Freshman Award: Arzell West-Estell of Toledo is a freshman majoring in chemical science with a minor in natural sciences.  
  • Outstanding Sophomore Award: Alexis Ponder of Dayton is a sophomore majoring in nursing.  
  • Outstanding Senior Award: Amber Pettaway of Toledo is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in gender and diversity studies.  
  • Antonio Johnson Leadership Award: Anthony Brown of Toledo is a senior majoring in Organizational Communication.  
  • Outstanding Service Award: Leon Hampton of New York is a junior criminal justice major.  
  • Benjamin J. Allen Alumni Award: Anthony Hudson is a 2003 graduate of Xavier with a bachelor?s degree in finance. He is an assistant vice president at 5/3 Bank. He lives in Cincinnati.  
The Antonio Johnson scholarship is given annually to an African-American junior demonstrating academic excellence, outstanding leadership, involvement and service.  It covers one year?s tuition, including book stipend and room and board. It is given in memory of an African-American student who pioneered social change and justice at Xavier.  Johnson, who died at age 22 while a Xavier student, organized activities for Black Awareness Month in February 1976, but died later that year.  He was majoring in urban studies and was president of the Black Student Association.