2020-2021 scholarship recipients

In the 2020-2021 academic year, thanks to the generosity of alumni and other committed supporters, we raised enough funds to award four scholarships of $1,000 each!  We received many outstanding applications, and selected the following four students to receive the BAS Scholarship based on need and their responses to essay questions:

Gabrielle Brown

Gabrielle Brown is a freshman from the island of Jamaica. She is on a pre-medical track, studying Molecular Biology with a minor in music. Gabrielle is a member of the marketing team of Y-serve and a Program Director for Community Outreach Day. She is the Student Council representative for the Women in Science Club and is a member of the College of Life Sciences Student Council. She is also a member of the Black Student Union. After her tenure at BYU, she plans to matriculate into medical school where she hopes to become a Pediatrician and potentially specialize in oncology.

Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson is from American Fork Utah and is in her first year at BYU. She is currently applying to the Media Arts Major and is considering a double minor in Business and Design Thinking. With limited extracurricular activities due to the pandemic, Erin focuses on schoolwork and her job. In high school, she participated in Theater arts and hopes to continue this passion into her career. She plans to use her education to become a film director and/or producer upon graduation. She also plans to further her experiences and education after graduation as well.

Elle Ibrahim

Elle Ibrahim is a junior from Connecticut. She is currently studying psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies she plans to continue her education in substance abuse prevention/rehabilitation. She hopes to be able to open an inpatient rehabilitation center.

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver is from the south side of Chicago, and is a sophomore in the Sociology major and Global Women’s Studies minor. Rachel is currently a TA for a sociology class and is a research assistant through the FHSS research academy. She served an LDS mission in the Alabama Birmingham Mission from 2018-2019. Rachel is also currently the Vice President of the Black Student Union. She plans on getting a master degree in higher education administration so she can work as an administrator and advocate at universities for first-generation students.

2019-2020 scholarship recipients

Below are the winners of the 2019-2020 Black Alumni Society Scholarship!  Thanks to your generous donations we were able to award three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each! 

Weedney Byron

Weedney Byron is a junior Creative Advertising major, Creative Writing minor from Port-au-prince, Haiti. Weedney served an LDS mission in New Jersey, Morristown from 2017-2019, and currently works as a Haitian-Creole Instructor at the Provo Missionary Training Center. She plans on getting her Masters in Business after graduation.

Taylor Munlin

Taylor Munlin is a transfer student from Vanderbilt University. She is a History Teaching major, French Teaching and Africana Studies minor from Dallas, TX. Taylor served an LDS mission in the French West Indies from 2017-2019. She is a member of the BYUSA Student Advisory Council and is also a Teaching Assistant for the Elementary Education Social Sciences. She plans to teach at the secondary level and attend graduate school after BYU.

Abena Yirenya Tawiah

Abena Yirenya Tawiah is a senior majoring in Psychology from Ghana. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to continue her education and become a mental health expert in minority communities. Ultimately she plans on giving back to her homeland to help improve not only the culture towards mental health but also be a resource to the academic and professional community.


From left to right: Recipient Déborah Aléxis ’20, Keynote Speaker Darius Grey, Recipient Moremi Hamblin ’19, and Recipient Ekow Amakye ’20