As part of Black Alumni Weekend in April, alumni and current students gathered for a dinner at Carr’s Hill to celebrate 25 years of the Walter Ridley Scholarship Fund. Named for the first black graduate of the University, Walter N. Ridley (Educ ’53), the fund provides scholarships for African-American students admitted to UVA.
Speakers at the dinner included President Teresa Sullivan; Sharon Ann Miller (Arch ’86), chair of the Ridley board; and Andra Gillespie (Col ’99), chair of the Ridley scholarship committee. Sullivan complimented Ridley’s role in helping UVA expand its diversity and attract some of the best students from across the nation. More than 300 students have received scholarships since Ridley’s inception and roughly 1,300 alumni, family and friends have supported Ridley over the years. In 2012, the program reached a milestone of exceeding $5 million in endowment funds.