Xavier Magazine

Raising the Bar

Each spring the University recognizes an outstanding African-American student at the Antonio Johnson Banquet. What started out as a casual get-together 28 years ago has become a black-tie event. And what started as a small scholarship in his name has been elevated this year to full funding.

“This is the most prestigious award given to an African-American student, and we wanted the amount to indicate just how highly we value the award,” says Thomas Kennealy, S.J., chair of the award committee.

This year’s winner is the first to receive the full scholarship for tuition, housing, books, fees and meals. The award is based on academics, service, social leadership and commitment to the elevation of African-American students—all of the qualities Antonio Johnson had, says Paul James, director for multicultural affairs.

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