Citadel African American Alumni Association

Purpose

The purpose of the Citadel African American Alumni Association (CA4) is to promote the interest of The Citadel by helping it to fulfill its mission of educating and developing principled leaders in all walks of life by encouraging members of our African American alumni community to individually and collectively invest their time, resources and ideas in order to enhance the cadet experience of minority students.

Objectives

The CA4 recognizes the importance of supporting the Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) and encourages all CA4 members to join the CAA as a requirement for CA4 participation.  African American alumni are strongly encouraged to become active members of alumni boards and clubs in their respective cities.  Alumni are also encouraged to voluntarily participate as mentors for African American cadets in addition to financially donating to one of the four scholarship funds created in support of these students. The CA4, with the support of the CAA, will serve as a vehicle to achieve five very important objectives:

  1. To encourage alumni to join and become officers and voting members of the CAA.
  2. To encourage alumni to be volunteer mentors.
  3. To encourage alumni to donate to scholarships in support of our African American cadets.
  4. To encourage alumni to become active members of alumni clubs in their respective city.
  5. To encourage alumni to become active members of the CA4.

The Citadel African American Alumni Association Scholarship and Fund

The Citadel African American Alumni Association Scholarship
Goal:  $100,000
Purpose
The primary purpose of this endowment is to provide academic scholarship funds to support an African American cadet or cadets who have demonstrated financial need.  First preference is for African Americans; however, in the absence of a qualified African American, consideration will be given to any eligible cadet.  The scholarship is not available to students majoring in a STEM-related field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The Citadel African American Alumni Association Excellence Fund
Goal:  $150,000
Purpose
The purpose of this fund is to establish an endowment which will support the current Office of Multicultural Student Services and International Studies.  The Office provides African American students with academic, social, and personal support while at The Citadel.  Should the Office cease to exist, the funds will be split equally between The Citadel African American Alumni Association STEM Scholarship and The Citadel African American Association Alumni Scholarship.

The Citadel African American Alumni Association STEM Scholarship
Goal:  $100,000
Purpose
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship awards to an African American cadet or cadets majoring in one of the STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  First preference is for minorities; however, in the absence of a qualified minority, consideration will be given to any eligible cadet.

The Ronald K. “Bulldog” Gilliard, ’82, Athletic Memorial Scholarship
Goal:  $100,000
Purpose
The Ronald K. Gilliard Scholarship was established in 1997 as a way for Michael Allen, ’82, to give back to his alma mater.  Mr. Allen believes that much of his success in life is a result of his Citadel education—from his experiences both in the classroom and as a minority member of the Corps of Cadets.  The scholarship is named in memory of his friend, CPT Ronald Gillard, ’82.

Commonly known as “Bulldog,” Gilliard was well known on The Citadel campus.  Bulldog, whose smile was contagious, grew up two blocks from campus and graduated from Burke High School in Charleston.  Although Bulldog was a cadet athlete and Michael was not, they were friends during their time at The Citadel; however, it was not until they were both temporarily assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia that they got to know each other well.  Mr. Allen fondly remembers his friend as a caring individual with a big heart, and as someone who was loved by everyone who knew him.  

After Bulldog’s sudden death in 1990, Mr. Allen felt compelled to establish an athletic scholarship in memory of his friend and to provide an African American cadet athlete the opportunity to experience the type of education The Citadel offers.  Preference will be given to an African American cadet-student-athlete.

Note:  The college’s office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers the scholarship program at The Citadel.  Endowed scholarships will be awarded on a year-to-year basis.  Students who are recipients one (1) year are eligible for consideration in subsequent years; however, they must again comply with the selection criteria.

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