mission of the Washington University in St. Louis Black Alumni Council is to
support the professional and personal development of Washington University
black alumni, to assist the university in the recruitment and retention of
African-American students, and to enhance the continued growth and development
of the university as an exemplary institution.
Founded in May 1983, the Washington University Black Alumni Council began with the tenth year reunion of the Class of 1973. It was Alex Carroll, AB '73 who, in early 1983, initiated the reunion in honor of the avowed largest Black graduating class. Campus administrator and alumna, Cynthia L. Cosby, BS '93, and others, worked with Alex in organizing the first Black alumni reunion. During the reunion weekend, discussions of formulating an alumni association with special interests arose among participating classmates. Subsequently, a steering committee was formed and charged with laying the foundation of what was to become the Washington University Black Alumni Council. Today, there are over 5,500 Washington University Black alumni worldwide.
The Black Alumni Council began fund-raising activities in February 1989 with its first scholarship dinner-dance. Since that time, with additional fundraising efforts, many African-American students attending Washington University have benefitted from these scholarship resources. The BAC established its first scholarship known as the Black Alumni Council Endowed Scholarship, in February 1993 with a $50,000 gift to Washington University. In addition, The Black Alumni Council provides scholarships to students with unanticipated needs under the Black Alumni Council Emergency Fund.