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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 2017-18 scholarship candidate pool, students should submit this application no later than 5 p.m. CT on Monday, January 8, 2018. The number of scholarships and amounts awarded will vary annually. This scholarship will be awarded to the recipient/s for the Fall 2018 semester and will be divided out over each recipient's remaining semesters at SMU. Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by January 15, 2018. We will ask scholarship recipients to attend the Black Excellence Ball to be recognized on Saturday, February 24, 2018. 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 Monday, January 8, 2018 for consideration in 2018.
  • 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 24, 2018.

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


Saturday, February 24, 2018 

6:00 P.M. CT

 Black Excellence Ball

Join the Black Alumni of SMU and Association of Black Students for a joint celebration of black excellence at SMU. Enjoy dinner, entertainment, and the recognition of the 2018 Black Alumni Scholarship and History Maker awardees.


Alumni Registration

Student Registration