African Diaspora Council awards scholarships

The African Diaspora Council will present scholarships to nine students at the Black Student Cultural Center’s UWM African/African American Virtual Connect on Thursday, Oct. 1. The event starts at 5 p.m.

The African Diaspora Council (ADC), formerly known as the African American Faculty and Staff Council, started the scholarship program in 2017 to help African American/Black students finish their college education and try to help close the college-completion gap between Black and white students at UWM.

The African Disapora Council’s faculty and staff members created and funded a scholarship to help UWM graduate more senior status African American/Black students.  From 2017-18 through 2019-20, 10 students received scholarships funded by members and African American alumni contributors. For 2019-20, ADC also received scholarship funding for two more students from a corporate grant.  As of May 2020, 11 of the 12 scholars have graduated.

ADC awarded scholarships to nine students for 2020-21. By May 2021, ADC will have provided approximately $38,000 in financial support for 19 graduates.

“As representatives of UWM, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the students we interact with on a daily basis,” said Diana Borders, assistant director of business services in the School of Education. She is co-chair of the African Diaspora Council. Brenda Cullin, office manager in the Department of Economics, is co-chair.

The scholarships go to students with a demonstrated financial need who will graduate during the upcoming academic year.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Tanya Edwards
  • Amiah Hawthorne
  • Mercy Ndon
  • Ashlie Purifoy
  • Amber Thompson
  • Laetitia Zeba
  • Ta’Quan Campbell
  • Princess Davis
  • Loren Nelson

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