This year's theme was "Antonio Johnson: His Foundation, Our Aspiration," and the keynote speaker is John Haysbert, business integration manager at Cinergy Corporation.
The gala is a pinnacle event at Xavier that recognizes outstanding students, faculty and staff for their considerable accomplishments and contributions to the University's African-American community. 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, outstanding leadership, involvement and service. The scholarship equals the amount of one year’s tuition, including book stipends and room and board.
For the first time, the distinguished scholars invitational reception hosted elite area African-American high school students. The goal is to expose high school students to high-achieving African-American college students.
The Antonio Johnson Scholarship is given each year in recognition of the African-American student 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 majored in urban studies and had served as president of BSA.
For more information please contact the office of multicultural affairs at 513 745-3181.