Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni

Current AVBA membership: 3,846

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AVBA Scholarship Fund

In October 2009, the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni celebrated its 25th anniversary. Gathered together were alumni whose achievements testified not only to their personal ability and character, but also to the quality of a Vanderbilt education. Our nation and the world need more leaders with such ability, vision and character.

The AVBA seeks a greater role in developing this group of alumni at Vanderbilt through the creation of an undergraduate scholarship. Supporting scholarships strengthens the AVBA’s bonds with Vanderbilt. The association already provides a vital link between black alumni and the university, promoting Vanderbilt while also championing the causes of African American students and organizations on campus.

Announcing the first AVBA scholarship

Now, as we celebrate our 30th year, we are delighted to announce that we will award the first AVBA scholarship to a first-year student in the Class of 2018! We couldn’t have done this without your help!

However, the journey doesn’t end here. We still have work to do. We encourage you to make the AVBA the place where you give back, allowing future students to continue the legacy you helped build. Think about your time at Vanderbilt and what an AVBA scholarship would have meant both financially and figuratively to you. Please consider making a donation to the AVBA Scholarship Fund and help pave the way for our future Commodores.

AVBA Graduates Wall

The AVBA Graduates Wall in the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is a symbol of the success of African American students who contributed to the Vanderbilt community and earned a degree. All graduating seniors and alumni are encourage to submit their name through this form so it will be included on the wall by next Homecoming.

AVBA Graduates Wall
AVBA Graduates Wall
First Name
Last Name
Primary E-mail
Vanderbilt Degree Information
First Vanderbilt Degree
Year Earned
Name at time degree earned (if different)

Second Vanderbilt Degree
Year Earned
Name at time of degree earned (if different)
Please choose one of the options below:

Duncan President - Damien Charley, BS'99

Damien graduated from the School of Engineering in 1999 with a B.S. in Engineering Science. Along with playing on the football team he studied abroad at Cambridge University his final semester. Since graduating he has worked for US Bank, Pepsi Co, and The Greater Nashville Church. He's married to the former Christina Penn (BS'96) and they reside in Nashville with their five children.

MaulSecretary - Charity Hemphill Frierson, BA'10

Charity Hemphill-Frierson graduated from Vanderbilt in 2010 with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish as well as minor in Corporate Strategy. She currently works for the Mayor of Indianapolis where she serves as a financial performance analyst in his Office of Education Innovation. While at Vanderbilt, Charity was a residential advisor and was a mentor through the L.I.F.E. project. She also took advantage of Vanderbilt's study abroad programs in both Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, and London, England.