Since the inception of the Black Excellence Awards in 1993, Elon students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the community have gathered annually to celebrate the accomplishments of the black students enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program at Elon University. The banquet was officially named the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Banquet in 2006 in honor of Elon's first black student, Glenda Phillips, and the first black graduate, Eugene Perry.
Now known as the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Celebration, the mission is to recognize, celebrate, and affirm students who excel in academics, leadership, internship, study abroad, research, and service-learning. The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education remains committed to this mission by helping students become active participants in their personal growth and in the achievement of their educational objectives.
There are several awards giving out at the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Celebration. Below, are the award types and criteria for each award.
The academic award is given to full-time undergraduate students with a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic course work who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. There are three categories for the academic award. Those categories include; Maroon Club (3.2-3.49) , Gold Club (3.5-3.79), and Phoenix Club (3.8-4.0).
The Elon Experiences Award are faculty and staff nominated. These are awarded to students who excell in one or more of the five Elon Experiences including; Internship, Leadership, Service & Civic Engagement, Study Abroad/Study USA, and Undergraduate Research. These awardees are selected by a selection committee.
The Athlete Award is give to student-athletes who are enrolled at Elon Unversity for at least two semesters and has participated in a division one sport for at least two semesters. These students have the highest culumative grade point average of male and female athletes.
Students eligible for the Special Acadmic Award must be enrolled at Elon University for at least one semester. These students have the highest cumulative grade point average in their particular class.
All eligible students can register for the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Celebration using this link.
Click here to see pictures of the 2015 Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Celebration!