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Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Gala 2020

Celebrating 100 Years of Black Bruin Excellence. This is our major fundraising event for our scholarship program. Buy your ticket now!

Saturday March 14, 2020
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Omni Hotel & Resort - Downtown Los Angeles
251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA Get Directions
Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Gala 2020

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Join UCLA Black Alumni Association (UBAA) for an evening of elegance and splendor as we celebrate 100 years of Black Bruin Excellence by honoring Black Bruins who have achieved historic firsts, blazed trails in their respective industries and continue to make their mark on humankind through service.

Held at the beautiful Omni Hotel and Resort in downtown Los Angeles, guests will enjoy delicious dinner, live artist performance, award ceremony, fellowship and reconnecting with UCLA Black Alumni, and after party!  The VIP Reception begins at 6pm and is by invite only.  The Gala & Award Ceremony begins at 7pm. 

UBAA was established in 1968 and is the oldest Alumni Affinity group associated with UCLA.  UBAA's alumni include Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Ralph Bunche, Baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson, Former LA Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, Track greats Jackie Joyner Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner, the first and only Black Mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley, Tennis great Arthur Ashe, career leading NBA scorer and author Kareem Abdul Jabbar, current LA Dodger Dave Roberts, Oscar and Emmy nonimated director Ava Duvernay, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors.

There are also sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals that would like to contribute to development of the Black Bruin legacy for the next 100 years. 

The Winston C. Doby Scholarship Fund is administered through the California Community Foundation.  UBAA is a registered 501 c (3) in the State of California and all donations benefit African-American students enrolled at UCLA, and are tax deductible.

About the Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Fund

The Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Fund was named after Winston C. Doby, a former UCLA Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Vice President of Student Affairs in the UC Office of the President, and a staunch advocate for student diversity and access.  The Legacy Scholarship Fund was created in 2006, in response to the low number of African American students  passage of Proposition 209 in California in 1996.  Prop 209 essentially outlawed the consideration of race in University admissions, and over the next 10 years the enactment of this law produced devastating effects on the number of African-American students admitted and enrolled at UCLA, culminating with only 96 African-American students admitted and enrolled in 2006 and a good number were athletes.  Dr. Doby felt this was unaccepable for a University as diverse as UCLA, and approached UBAA with the idea of starting a scholarship fund to address the low numbers.  Started in 2006, the Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship was established to provide much-needed financial assistance to African American students accepted and enrolled to UCLA.  Over the next 13 years, UBAA has raised over 5 million dollars and awarded scholarships ranging from $1000 to incoming transfer students and from $1000 for a single year to up to $40,000 covering 4 years, banking on African-American students would choose UCLA if their financial burden is lessened with up to a full scholarship to attend UCLA.  As a result of this effort, in 2016, UCLA enrolled the highest number of African-American undergraduate students in school history - the steady rise in enrollment has coincided with the increasing number of scholarship dollars UBAA has been able to raise. 

In 2014, the Legacy Fund expanded to include a Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Lacey E. Wyatt, MD, MPH because of her dedication to medical education and to medical students who choose to work with under served populations.  The Lacey E. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship seeks to provide much needed financial assistance to deserving African-American students who are working on their MD degrees at UCLA, and in 2018 awarded its first scholarship of $10,000 per year for 4 years.

The Legacy Scholarship Gala is the UCLA Black Alumni Association's Bi-Annual Scholarship signature event.  

Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Gala 2020
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