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Christiana Smith Alumni Scholarship

The UL Lafayette Christiana Smith African American Alumni Chapter is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the African American students in the state of Louisiana as well as promoting fellowship among all UL Lafayette graduates.
In order to promote educational values in our youth, we have designed a scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding African American student.


The Christiana Smith African-American Alumni Chapter of UL Lafayette is named for the first African-American graduate from then, Southwestern Louisiana Institute in May of 1956. SLI was the first previously all white, state supported college or university in the south to allow black students to enroll. Since it began, the chapter has raised funds each year for scholarships on the basis of grade point average, school and community activities and financial status.  It was formally charted in 1992.

2019 UL Lafayette Christina Smith-African American Alumni Chapter Scholarship will award this scholarship to an entering freshman from the Acadiana area, who has achieved overall academic success as well as community involvement during their high school years. 

The recipient will be required to attend the following events:

  • UL Lafayette Black Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet on April 11, 2019 in the auditorium of Angelle Hall at 6 p.m.
  • The 28th Annual Sweet Sounds of Sharing sponsored by the Christiana Smith African American Chapter. This event will take place on the Saturday night at 8pm during the 2019 UL Homecoming weekend (location and date will be released at a later date).

The deadline for applications submission is March 11, 2019.

Application submissions have closed.