36th Annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala

April 2, 2012

Xavier University’s Black Student Association (BSA) and Office of Multicultural Affairs host the 36th annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 27. This year's theme is Excellence by definition. Achievement by Choice. Success Expected. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the gala will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center Banquet Room. Attire is black tie optional. Tickets are $30 general admission, $ 15 for Xavier students. Please call 513-745-3181 to RSVP.

The gala recognizes outstanding Xavier students, faculty and staff for accomplishments and contributions to the African American community at the University through academics and leadership.

Keynote speaker for the evening is Natasha Hamilton Holiday, Xavier Board of Trustee member and Xavier alumna. Holiday is a senior managing consultant at Public Financial Management (PFM), the nation’s largest independent financial advisory firm, focused on infrastructure finance and public private partnerships. She is responsible for financial analysis, project management and client development in the firm’s Manhattan office. Holiday received a BA in History and BS in Political Science. While at Xavier, she was student body president and a recipient of the Board of Trustees Excellence in Leadership Award and she herself received the Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award. In 2007, Holiday received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Many honors will be presented during the evening, including the Antonio Johnson Scholarship. The scholarship is given to an African American junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership, involvement and service. The scholarship is equivalent to one year’s tuition, book stipends and room and board. The Black Student Association has chosen the following individuals as finalists for the 36th
Annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship: Ashley Dobbs, Kristen Rogers, Mariah Deweaver, and Tiara Anderson.

The Antonio Johnson scholarship is given each year in honor of the 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. Johnson was majoring in urban studies and had served as president of the BSA. The gala and scholarship keep his memory and vision alive.

For further information please contact Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 513-745-3181.