2021 Black Alumni Society Reunion

We've raised $46,466 from 192 gifts so far! Thank you to all our alumni and supporters!

2021 Black Alumni Society Reunion

Will You Take the Challenge? 

Our reunion scholarship goal is $40,000. Sending a “Challenge Call Out” to those who BAS knows can make a difference in the lives of our students.

The Black Alumni Society invites our Alumni, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Friends, and Corporate Partners to participate in the BAS Challenge FundRAZOR.

BAS History

Founded in 1998 by alumni and friends of the U of A's Black Alumni, the society is a chartered organization of the Arkansas Alumni Association. The society formed as a result of the interest generated from the Black Alumni Reunions beginning in 1990.


One of the purposes of the Black Alumni Society is to foster the development and maintenance of current and future scholarships and other means for assisting black students in their education at the University of Arkansas. BAS continues to maintain and sustain this purpose by providing scholarships to over 95 students. The Challenge Scholarship is one of the funding resources providing financial support to students.

Three Ways to Make a Difference

Are you ready? You can impact a BAS Scholar’s life and engage in a friendly class competition by selecting one, two or all three of the following giving opportunities: 

  1. BAS Challenge Scholarship 
  2. Black Alumni Society Individual Scholarships 
  3. Black Alumni Society Scholarship Endowment  

Challenge Scholarship

The Challenge Scholarship was created for the sole purpose of having an additional revenue stream to meet the needs of our students. Net funding from the BAS Reunions allows the society to continue to fulfill this promise to students. The Reunion sustains the Challenge scholarship fund for two years. The Reunion is biennial. The next Reunion is scheduled for April 12 – April 18, 2021.

U of A Class Gift Challenge (Calling all classes from 1950 – 2000’s)

 “Will You Take the Challenge?” Individuals and groups took the challenge in 2019 and we know more alumni want to make their impact. By supporting the Challenge or any of the BAS Scholarships, we can adequately support our future leaders, who are our students for the next two years and beyond. U of A alumni and friends in the following classes can make a donation and list your donation under the Class Challenge. The winning Class raising the most money will be announced on Saturday night, April 17, 2021 and have Reunion Bragging Rights!!!

COVID 19 has challenged our students academically and financially in a virtual environment. BAS wants to make sure; we can provide scholarships for our students during their time of need. BAS believes in putting the safety of alumni, administrators, friends, students and corporate partners first. This FundRAZOR event gives us an opportunity to virtually rally together for our students.

Your gift secures our students’ academic and financial future. Please make a gift by April 18th for this worthy cause. #forthestudents #uarkbas

For the Students,

Ritche Manley Bowden

Black Alumni Society President

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