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We hope to see you at our annual signature event the Black Excellence Ball. Along with the Association of Black Students, we bring together fellow alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents and friends. The evening is a tribute to Black leaders throughout SMU’s history and honors one or more deserving student scholarship recipients, recognizes exceptional students and celebrates the annual Black Alumni of SMU History Maker Award winner.
Black students make up 14% of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program but represent just 9% of bachelor’s degrees obtained by young adults.
While 62% of white students finish their degree within six years of initial enrollment, only 38% of Black students finish college in the same timeframe. Economics play a key factor.
In 2011, we established the Black Alumni Scholarship to help change this. Each year we work with the Association of Black Students (ABS) to award scholarships to deserving upperclassmen as they enter the final stretch of completing their SMU degrees.
Apply here to become part of the Black Alumni of SMU Board.
Want to nominate an alum for membership? Click here.
Become a mentor. The Black Alumni of SMU Mentorship Program provides a platform for sharing your expertise and experience with students. SMU Alumni Relations and Engagement, the Hegi Family Career Development Center and the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement are working together to create rewarding opportunities for alumni and student participants. Click here for information about becoming a mentor. Students who wish to participate as a mentee in the program can click here for more information.
If you know someone who is a game changer, let us know. We recognize this year’s Black Alumni History Maker Award at the Black Excellence Ball in February. Tell us about an extraordinary SMU alumnus or alumna who excels at what they do or has gone great lengths to support an organization or cause.
- Nominations Due Monday, January 11, 2021: https://blog.smu.edu/alumninews/historymaker/
- For more alumni stories – link to page
- 2020 History Maker Award Winner: Regina Taylor