Black Excellence Scholarship Ball
This event aims to recognize and celebrate the impact that Black students, faculty, and alumni have had on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus. Historically, the contributions of Black persons have failed to be properly acknowledged within underrepresented academic spaces. We aim to celebrate those individuals who have enriched our campus and potentially reenergize a deeply-rooted momentum within VCU’s Black Community
This event was proposed by Sasha Spruill and brought to fruition by the Black Excellence Scholarship Ball planning committee of which I was one of three co-chairs.
Hosts Faith Wilkerson & Alex Stevens
Dr. Faith Wilkerson arrived in Richmond, Virginia from Queens, NYC in 2000 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds a Bachelors in Mass Communications, Masters in Education, as well as, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She spent over 10 years creating/managing VCU traditions such as Homecoming, the Fall Block Step Show, Intercultural festival and countless Alumni Reunion Weekends. She also spent 8 years working in the University’s Multicultural office overseeing its diversity & inclusion programs. In 2015, she began working for a local For-Profit University overseeing Career and Student Services. To top it all off, in 2016 she became the proud owner of UnlockingRVA, a local marketing and events company.
Alex Stevens received his education from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU, where he graduated with his bachelors degree in December 2014. Currently, he is an independent singer, songwriter, host and actor. He does all of this while maintaining employment at Capital One, where he specializes in supplier management.
Scholarship, Award, and Contest Information
Selected individuals were awarded for their outstanding achievements that have successfully impacted VCU’s climate, accreditation, and surrounding community.
UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS – $1000
We selected (2) undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and (2) graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher: who has shown an outstanding commitment to bettering the climate of the university through community service, activism, and innovation.
“WHAT BLACK EXCELLENCE MEANS” CONTEST – $500
We selected (2) scholarship winners. Students may submit their original creations, through art or performance demonstrating, what Black Excellence Means to them.
The recipient of this reward is a graduate or undergraduate student that has shown an outstanding commitment to bettering the climate of the university through community service, activism, and innovation.
We selected a current faculty member, who identifies as Black or African American, and have shown outstanding leadership and mentorship towards students belonging to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Black Community.
We selected a current staff member, who identifies as Black or African American, and have shown outstanding leadership and mentorship towards students belonging to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Black Community.
We selected (2) VCU Alumni that identify as Black or African American whose achievements and commitment to inclusiveness have had a lasting impact on VCU’s campus
Artwork display and decoration presented by Black Art Student Empowerment
Photos Taken by Taia Pollock
STUDENT ORGANIZATION PARTNERS
Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Black Art Student Empowerment (BASE)
National Association for Black Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
Black Student Union (BSU)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Association for Black Social Workers (ABSW)
National Association for Black Engineers
National Association of Black Accountants
DEPARTMENTAL PARTNERSThe Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The Department of African American Studies
Alumni Relations- African American Alumni Council (AAAC)