2012 Antonio Johnson Awardees

May 7, 2012

The Xavier University Scholarship Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Black Student Association, awarded the 36th Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award to Tiara Anderson of Milwaukee, WI (53206). The scholarship covers full tuition, fees, room and board, and books for the senior year. Tiara will be a senior next year and is majoring in mathematics with a minor in education.

Others awarded include:
Macy’s Multicultural Award: Rebecca Dobbs of Cincinnati (45239)
Outstanding Sophomore of the year: Darnell Miller of Ypsilanti, MI(48197)
Outstanding Senior of the year: Naomi Mbanefo of Northridge, CA (91324)
Outstanding Service award: Dore’e Conley of Triadelphia, WV (26059)
Leadership Award: Kezia Southern of Huber Heights, Ohio (45424)

The AJ Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Antonio Johnson, 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, single-handedly organizing activities for Black Awareness Month in February 1976. Unfortunately, he died at age 22 on February 8 of 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 each year to a junior of African descent with demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum cumulative GPA), outstanding leadership, involvement, service, and a history of significant contributions to the Black Student Association and/or the Xavier University community.

Xavier University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, a department in the Division of Student Life and Leadership, exists to help the University realize its diversity goals. Multicultural Affairs provides services and programs to enrich the academic, cultural and social experiences of Xavier students.