Scholarship ball to celebrate black excellence

The Black Excellence Scholarship Committee at Virginia Commonwealth University will host its second annual Black Excellence Scholarship Ball: Climbing Beyond Expectations, which recognizes the achievements of VCU students, faculty and alumni.

The ball will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 2, in Virginia Rooms A-D and Richmond Salons 1 and 2 of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at:

“Black Excellence is a testament of the relentless pursuit of innovation and creative thinking that is embodied in black people,” said Sasha Spruill, who created the idea of the ball last year with Christina Hairston and Ashley Harris.

At the event, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student in good academic standing who has demonstrated activism and service to the community.

Also, for the “What Black Excellence Means" contest, students may submit original art or performances demonstrating what black excellence means to them. Applications are due Feb. 14 and can be found at

The ball is sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Department of African American Studies, Impact Church Richmond, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

In addition to the scholarship and award, there will be dinner, a DJ and dancing.