More than 200 alumni, students, friends, sponsors, and LMU leaders gathered on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, for the eighth annual African American Alumni Association Scholarship Fundraiser. The networking reception recognized more than 20 student scholarship recipients, and special awards were presented to Bill Grisby ’56, Michael Lawson ’75 and United Parcel Service.
AAAA awards scholarships to outstanding incoming freshman students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and a commitment to the African American community. Since the scholarship fund’s inception in 2003, the association has awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships to more than 100 students.
Grisby received the African American Alumni Legacy Award. The retired professor taught criminology at several colleges including Metropolitan State College in Denver, University of Houston and Wiley College in Texas, a historically black college. In addition, Grisby taught at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, where he led the Compton Initiative Program, which was the foundation of his dissertation analyzing African American family structure. Grisby continues his involvement with LMU by serving as an ambassador for the Golden Lions planning committee, volunteering for the Alumni Reunion Weekend, and he was a class representative in 1999 and 2000.
Lawson received the William L. Strickland ’71 Excellence Award. He is a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he leads the executive compensation and employee benefits group. Lawson is also on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute. He has been consistently recognized as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” by Chambers USA and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004. Lawson serves on many boards, including the Advancement Project, Los Angeles County Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Section Executive Committee, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.
Finally, UPS and UPS Foundation were honored with the Hon. Irma J. Brown Dillon '70, JD '73 Community Service Award. UPS has been an LMU corporate friend and ongoing contributor to the AAAA Fund for several years.
AAAA was started in 2003 by a group of LMU alumni, faculty and staff. Its purpose is to help raise scholarship funds for students, create support programs that enhance the educational experience for students from the African Diaspora, and provide a welcoming environment for African American Alumni to network and stay connected with each other and with the university.
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