“This is the power of our community
when we work together!”
— Priscilla Awkard ’95
Three years ago, Elon set an ambitious goal to triple the Black Alumni Scholarship endowment to $1 million by 2025. Today, I am proud to share that donors in the Elon Black Alumni Network, joined by others across the Elon family, have surpassed this goal two years ahead of schedule. This is the power of the Elon community in action.
On behalf of the entire university, we extend our deep gratitude to Priscilla Awkard ’95, Kelli Palmer ’98 and Darryl Smith ’86 for dreaming big and starting this scholarship in 2007; to the many leaders and members of Elon’s Black Alumni Network who provided inspirational leadership over the years; and to the more than 2,000 donors who have made 15,000+ gifts to bring this shared vision into reality. The scholarship has been awarded to 13 Black students, changing their lives and creating a positive ripple effect in their families and communities. There are many communities that might reach a goal like this and say, “We did what we set out to accomplish, and now we’re done.” I humbly submit to you that Elon is not that kind of place. Instead, we ask, “How many more lives can we change? How much more good can we do?” As we celebrate all that the donors to the Black Alumni Scholarship have already accomplished, I hope we will also consider how we can support the continued growth of this scholarship and, by extension, make an even larger impact on Black students who will become a part of the Elon family.
Akilah Weaver ’00, EBAN President
Welcome to EBAN!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is committed to serving the full diversity of our alumni body in an inclusive way, as is its strong partnership with Elon Black Alumni Network (EBAN) since its founding. The Elon Black Alumni Network (EBAN) unites and represents the interests of Black alumni and strives to empower, connect, and celebrate Elon’s Black community. As an official affinity network of Elon, EBAN’s primary objectives include:
- Connecting EBAN alumni through various social, cultural, educational and community service events
- Developing and maintaining the connection between the university, students and fellow alumni
- Providing opportunities for networking and professional development
- Promoting and sustaining general alumni contributions to the university through the Black Alumni Scholarship
- Aiding in Black student recruitment and retention
- Developing new experiences and opportunities for Black alumni
Additionally, EBAN is involved in diversity initiatives related to Elon University, including collaborations with current students through the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education, the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards, and the Donning of the Kente Ceremony.
All Black identified graduates and students who complete at least one semester of coursework at Elon are considered members of EBAN. There are no dues to join.
But don’t stop there! You are invited to join an EBAN committee or contact La’ Tonya Wiley, Assistant Director of Affinity Networks and Engagement, about joining the leadership team. Also, remember to join our Facebook group for updated information about events and programs.
Elon Day 2024
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Save the date and make plans to give and support the Elon cause most important to you! More details are soon to come.
2024 EBAN Summit
Feb. 17 │ 8:30 a — 2 p │ Moseley Student Center
Join us for a series of discussions revolving around current and future diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Elon University. Summit participants will have opportunities to engage with essential university leaders and network with other EBAN members. Alumni may participate, in-person or virtually, in professional/ personal development workshops. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.