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Connect with Black Alumni of SMU

The Black Alumni of SMU group keeps alumni connected to SMU and each other through a variety of social, cultural, professional and academic programs. Our goal is to help recruit and retain academically talented minority students at SMU.

Support the SMU Black Alumni Scholarship Today!

Launched in 2011, the SMU Black Alumni Scholarship provides direct tuition assistance to selected members of the Association of Black Students (ABS) as they complete their degrees at SMU. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Black Alumni of SMU provided a total of $10,000 in scholarships to this year's recipients: Autumn Langston '17 and Lezly Murphy '18. All money raised for the Black Alumni Scholarship goes directly to the current SMU students selected.

To qualify to receive this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least a rising undergraduate sophomore or a graduate student
  • Be a member of Association of Black Students
  • Earn a GPA of 3.000 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need

Make your tax-deductible gift to the Scholarship today!

Apply for the Black Alumni Scholarship 

Apply for the Black Alumni Scholarship here. To be included in the 2016-17 scholarship candidate pool, students should submit this application no later than 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The number of scholarships and amounts awarded will vary annually. This scholarship will be awarded to the recipient/s for the fall 2017 semester and will be divided out over each recipient's remaining semesters at SMU. Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified in mid-February 2017. We will ask scholarship recipients to attend the Black Excellence Ball to be recognized on Saturday, February 25, 2017. If you have any questions on the scholarship application process, please contact us at or 214-768-ALUM

The Black Alumni of SMU History Maker Award

The Black Alumni History Maker Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of SMU who has demonstrated a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause that brings distinction to the University. Each year, individuals are chosen by the SMU Black Alumni Board Nominations Committee to receive this prominent award.

  • Any individual may nominate an alumna and/or alumnus for this award.
  • Nominations must be received by Saturday, December 10, 2016 for consideration in 2017.
  • Once nominated, the individual’s name remains in nomination for a total of three consecutive years, including the initial year in which they were nominated. After that time, the individual may be nominated again.
  • Each year, past History Makers are recognized and the new recipeint is named at the Black Excellence Ball, scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Nominate a fellow Mustang for the History Maker Award here.

Serve and Lead on the Black Alumni of SMU Board

To learn more about joining the Black Alumni of SMU Board, click here

Black Alumni of SMU Board Leaders:

Lauren Driskell Jones '06 and Ashley Hamilton '03

Marc Young '96

Past Chair

Opportunities to Connect with the Black Alumni of SMU include:

  • Annual networking and social events, including Homecoming activities and Black Excellence Ball
  • Making a Gift to the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • Mentorship of students and alumni through the SMU Career Volunteers program
  • Nominating a fellow alumnus or alumna for the Black Alumni of SMU History Maker Award
  • Participation in the SMU Admission Volunteers Program

To join our e-mail list, e-mail us at with your updated contact information. 

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Black Alumni of SMU Event Calendar


 Thursday, September 21, 2017

 Cocktails and Conversation featuring Byron Sanders Register

 Saturday, October 14, 2017

 Community Service at Sunny South Garden

The Black Alumni of SMU will volunteer in a community garden located in South Dallas. The work will be all outdoors so please dress appropriately (closed toe shoes, long pants and tops, hats, sunscreen). Water will be provided and kids are welcome