WWMA & UM Black Alumni Society Scholarship

A student posing with scholarship along side two representatives from the Black Alumni Society A student posing with scholarship along side two representatives from the Black Alumni Society

The University of Miami Alumni Association/Black Alumni Society and the Woodson Williams Marshall Association (WWMA) are committed to serving and uniting African and African American alumni for the purpose of advancing the interests of the University, while recruiting, mentoring and retaining students of African descent in all academic fields.

In all that we do, we endeavor to:

  • Reach out to connect, serve and engage Black alumni, life-long and world wide.
  • Connect alumni to each other and the University through meaningful communication, programs and events.
  • Design and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan to fund the Black alumni scholarship fund.
  • Facilitate a high level of volunteerism so that the UM Black Alumni Society, the University and the community-at-large, benefits from the University of Miami’s diverse interests, talents and backgrounds.
  • Encourage investment and support for the University in its successful pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and service.
  • Celebrate the rich history of UM Black alumni, faculty and staff through building upon the best of our traditions and accomplishments.


Scholarship Purpose & Distribution of Scholarship Funds

The goal of the Scholarship is to provide need based financial support and recognize the academic and leadership accomplishments of students who are currently enrolled at the University of Miami. Scholarship recipients will receive either the Black Alumni Society Scholarship or the WWMA Scholarship. Students who receive full-tuition scholarships are not eligible. This year, recipients will receive scholarship funds in the current academic year. Funds will be divided between fall and spring semesters.

Black Alumni Scholarship Criteria

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Miami
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above
  • Have completed at least 30 hours credited
  • A letter of recommendation from a UM faculty or administrator
  • A 300-500 word essay on how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your academic and long term goals

WWMA Scholarship Criteria

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Miami
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Have completed at least 30 hours credited
  • A letter of recommendation from a UM faculty or administrator
  • A 300-500 word essay on how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your academic and long term goals

Scholarship Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and candidates will be notified if they are selected as a finalist
  • All finalists must sign up and attend a formal interview with the Scholarship Committee
  • All finalists will be invited to attend the Welcome Back Reception which will take place Friday, November 8th, 2019
  • Application Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Academic Achievement
  • Work /Community Service Experience
  • Organization/Leadership Experience
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation