Black Alumni Society and WWMA Scholarships


The University of Miami Alumni Association/Black Alumni Society (BAS) and the Woodson Williams Marshall Association (WWMA) are committed to serving and uniting African and African American faculty, staff, and alumni for the purpose of advancing the interests of the University, while recruiting, mentoring and retaining students of African descent in all academic fields.

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The Woodson-Williams-Marshall Association (WWMA) was started in 1973 by a small group of dedicated Black administrators and faculty concerned with issues faced by Black students and employees at the University of Miami.  The organization is named in honor of three outstanding contributors to the African-American experience: Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month; Daniel H. Williams, the Black pioneer in the field of heart surgery; and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

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The goal of the Woodson Williams Marshall Association (WWMA) and University of Miami Alumni Association/Black Alumni Society scholarship is to provide need-based financial support, to currently enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Miami, of traditionally underrepresented communities, recognizing their academic and leadership accomplishments.  Scholarship recipients will receive either the Black Alumni Society Scholarship or the Woodson-Williams-Marshall Association Scholarship for the following academic year.  These scholarships are tuition restricted and therefore, cannot be applied towards fees, room and board, or other costs associated with college attendance.

Scholarship Criteria

Students interested in applying for either the WWMA or BAS scholarships must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Completed at least 30 credit hours
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of
    • 3.0 or higher for WWMA or
    • 2.75 for BAS
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Scholarship Process

Only complete applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee comprised of UM faculty, administrators, and alumni. 

Click here for application form.


The following documentation must also be submitted along with the application:

  • 300-500 word personal statement explaining how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your academic and long term goals
  • Detailed resume listing all
    • academic recognition and honors you have received
    • work and volunteer experience
    • organizations in which you hold or have held leadership roles
  • Letter of recommendation from UM faculty or administrator

 Application Evaluation Criteria 

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Academic achievement
  • Community service and work experience
  • Organization/Leadership experience