endowed scholarship“Because of our commitment to higher education, the AAFA has endowed a scholarship to encourage graduates of public high schools in the Birmingham metropolitan area to pursue their educational goals at UAB.” — Michael Fitts, former AAFA President

The AAFA Endowed Scholarship awards at least one $1,000 annual scholarship per year to UAB students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and community engagement. During the Spring semester, the AAFA hosts a scholarship reception to honor scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Recipients

Past Recipients

  • Michael Liptrot, 2016
  • Jonika Dukes and Josiah Holsey, 2015
  • Adrianne Brown and Emmanuel Talley, 2014
  • Shandria Langford, 2013
  • Jeffrey Byrd, 2012
  • Jesse Strickland, 2011
  • Erika Jackson, 2010
  • LaTavia McCall, 2009

History of the Endowed Scholarship

In 2006 the officers and members of the AAFA voted to endow a scholarship for current UAB students who are graduates of public high schools in the Birmingham metropolitan area. Carolyn Walden, chair the Scholarship Committee, led an endowed scholarship campaign that kicked off with a fundraising luncheon. 

In 2008 the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees adopted the Scholarship Endowment Resolution, establishing the African American Faculty Association Endowed Award.

In 2009 UAB President Carol Z. Garrison hosted a reception recognizing the AAFA and the Endowed Award. The first recipient was LaTavia McCall. 

In 2013 the AAFA Endowed Award reached the $25,000 scholarship endowment requirement and was renamed the African American Association Endowed Scholarship. Ten students have received scholarships since 2009.