Intended to help make an Elon education available to deserving black students, the Elon Black Alumni Network Scholarship fund was established in 2007. Thanks to pledges and gifts from EBAN members and friends of the university, the scholarship was endowed in just three years and the first award was given to Janelle Bennett '14 at the African-American Commencement Reception in May 2011. To date, alumni and friends have donated more than $100,000 Black Alumni Network Scholarship fund, and the scholarship will be awarded annually to an African-American student with demonstrated financial need.
We have officially launched the $50,000 in Five Years Campaign. We are asking that you make a new pledge to support this campaign. If you haven’t given yet, please know that any and all donations benefit Elon students. With your support, we can do anything we set our minds to. Best of all, we’ve made it easy for you to give. You can make a tax-deductible donation online here or by calling Elon toll-free at 877.784.ELON (3566).
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C., Alexandra is a rising sophomore political science major. She is the oldest of three children and graduated from Ronald Wilson Reagan High School, where she competed in track and field and participated in the school's concert band and marching color guard. She earned membership in the National Honor Society during her junior year of high school.
At Elon, Alexandra joined the ballroom dance club and dove into her studies, making the President's List in her first semester. She will serve as a resident assistant in West Dorm during her sophomore year and looks forward to declaring a major in international studies.
She says the Black Alumni Scholarship will help her in many ways, not only in lowering her loan burden but also helping her dream bigger dreams. "I am so deeply honored that I was chosen to receive the Black Alumni Scholarship," she says. "Thank you for believing in me and helping me come closer to my goals."
2011 recipient: Janelle S. Bennett '14