January 27, 2017
Guin Robinson and Tim Parker

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will award three students with the Camille Yvette Armstrong Memorial Scholarship at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center during the 27th annual Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The step show will take place at 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South.

Camille Yvette Armstrong was a UAB student majoring in political science with plans of graduation in 1986. Months before receiving her degree, she died in a motor vehicle accident. Armstrong was seen as “a hardworking, dedicated student,” and her death affected the UAB campus and the Birmingham community. Since 1992, the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to deserving African-American undergraduate students at UAB with career aspirations in law.

Sharifa Wip, mentor coordinator at UAB’s Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs, says the show is estimated to draw 1,300 audience members supporting teams from the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Step teams are selected by the two student event directors from the Black Student Awareness Committee and hail from various universities in the Southeast to compete for cash prizes.

Proceeds from the show go toward the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship. The money raised from ticket sales will aid in keeping the scholarship alive for future deserving students. This year, Shyretta Clark, Tracee’ Dawkins and Nala Evans will be presented the scholarship at the annual step show.

Clark, born in Mobile, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in health care management. Following her graduate studies, Clark plans to specialize in health care law and employment discrimination. Dawkins is a senior majoring in criminal justice and minoring in business management. She is native to Birmingham and hopes to attend the Cumberland School of Law, where she will study civil law to become a federal judge. Evans, from Phenix City, is majoring in human resources management and is a member of the Management Society at UAB. She intends to receive a graduate degree in family law from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University.

Tickets can be purchased online here.