Antonio Johnson Scholarship

The Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award

 The Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award is presented each year to a student of African, African-American or Black descent with demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum cumulative GPA), outstanding leadership and a history of significant contributions to the Black Student Association and/or the Xavier University community. The scholarship covers tuition, fees and on-campus room and board and includes a small book stipend for their senior year.

Two winners of the Antonio Johnson Scholarship Recipients

2023 Applications will open in Fall 2022

The application process for the 2023 Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award will open in Fall 2022.
A photo of the 1975 Afro-American Student Association at Xavier University

Honoring Antonio Johnson's life

Antonio Johnson first came to Xavier in 1971. While majoring in Urban Studies, he participated in the school band and was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as president of the Black Student Association (pictured), single-handedly organizing activities for Black Awareness Month in Feb. 1976. Unfortunately, he died at age 22 on Feb. 8 of that year. He is remembered as a compassionate, confident and articulate individual dedicated to social change and justice.
Two students dining at the Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala

Antonio Johnson Scholarship Archives

The Xavier community has celebrated Antonio Johnson's life every year with the AJ Scholarship Gala, dating back to 1976. Browse past nominees, award winners, venues, and keynote speakers, found in our "AJ Through the Years" archives.

AJ Through The Years