Strengthening through Diversity: ERAU Black Alumni Scholarship

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“More than just the money itself, the scholarship provides students with hope. Long before the recent public discourse on injustice and equality dominated the 24-hour news cycles, Black students have felt forgotten, unsupported and unheard. However, knowing that they have an alumni group that they can lean on goes a long way in instilling confidence to push forward to complete the task at hand.” 

- Edmund Otubuah, Black Alumni Network leader



In 2015, Embry-Riddle alumni Edmund Otubuah ('03) and Derrick Stanley ('06, '10, '11) organized the Black Alumni Network. By 2017 they had formed and held the first Black Alumni and Student Reunion to connect alumni with students, and offer mentorship and career guidance. 

Following the reunion, Otubuah challenged the network's members to create a term scholarship to benefit Black students with financial need.  "The genesis behind the creation of the Black Alumni Scholarship was to find a way to support students financially, as that is the primary challenge students face with completing college,” says Otubuah (’03). “One way to show that we were serious and committed to making a difference was by opening up our wallets and being a blessing to the students who work so hard.” Members of the network joined Otubuah in making the founding gifts to the Black Alumni Scholarship, which has been actively supporting Black Embry-Riddle students with financial need since 2019.

Recent human factors graduate Imani Murph (’20) is one of the first students to benefit from the Black Alumni Scholarship at Embry-Riddle, which was established as part of a grass roots effort by the Black Alumni Network, Murph is now on course to complete her Ph.D. She has also distinguished herself as one of Embry-Riddle’s most published recent graduates, with three scholarly articles to her name. Murph attributes her success, in part, to donor-funded scholarships.

“I am blessed and grateful for all the scholarship support I received from our donors. I know someday I will be able to pay it forward for future students like me,” she says. Murph’s hard-won success exemplifies the spirit and purpose that inspired the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund.


The Black Alumni Scholarship is a term scholarship, meaning it relies on continuous support from alumni and friends to make awards to deserving students. Your gift today will help ensure that students like Imani Murph continue to receive financial support on the way to changing the world. Together, we show future generations that they have the strength of the Eagle community behind them.

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Thanks from a Black Alumni Scholarship Recipient

51 days ago by Marie Clifford
3 More Scholarships!

You all have contributed enough funding to make three more scholarship awards of $1,000 each to Black students at Embry-Riddle. Let's spread the word and crush our $10,000 goal! 

74 days ago by Marie Clifford
Off to a great start!

In just our first hour, we've already raised enough to fund two more $1,000 scholarships for Black students at Embry-Riddle. Let's keep the momentum going!


74 days ago by Marie Clifford

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