Hosted by: UC African American Alumni Affiliate

The Onyx & Ruby Gala is an awards celebration to recognize the academic, professional, and civic achievements of African American alumni, students, and faculty and staff. The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Shani Scholarship, which is a fund created by 4A to support underrepresented students in their endeavors to study abroad.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Shani Scholarship. Created by 4A two years ago, the Shani Scholarship supports underrepresented students by providing funds to study abroad. Past recipients have sojourned to Paris, Morocco, and Botswana. The 2018 Onyx & Ruby Gala was able to raise more than $10,000 to fund the program. To support the Shani Scholarship, please visit




The nominations for the 2019 Onyx & Ruby Gala are for the following categories:

Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award: This award is in honor of the late Georgia E. Beasley. This category recognizes the contributions of our alumni pre-1980 who have made sacrifices and shared their vision to enhance the quality of life at UC and in the community. Their legacy is timeless and one that set a standard of excellence that inspires us to keep our eyes on the prize, while pressing toward the mark.

Emerging Leader Award: This award highlights our most recent alumni within the last 10 years, who are blazing the trails toward becoming our future leaders. Your nomination recognizes the significant contributions of young alumni whose impeccable skills have created opportunities toward building a better tomorrow for themselves and their community, and honors them for remembering to reach as they climb.

Pillar of the Community Award: This award recognizes alumni who are avid supporters of their communities by sharing their gifts with individuals and organizations where they live and work. Recipients of this award who continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

Tower of Strength Award: This award is to recognize faculty and staff, and honors those individuals who played a valuable role in shaping the personal and professional development of alumni during their college years. Alumni credit these individuals for enhancing their educational experience and for being instrumental in helping them chart their path in life.

Student Trailblazer: This honor is for current students who are leaders on the University of Cincinnati campus. This category acknowledges individuals who created university firsts or were at the forefront of movements and activities. They embody all the qualities of a leader: motivational, charismatic, critical thinker, risk-taker, visionary, creative, change agent, and a community activist. These individuals are extremely involved on campus, are an inspiration to other students, and continue blazing the trail for change.

Linda Bates Parker Legend Award: In honor of Linda Bates-Parker, this award recognizes alumni for their professional accomplishments. These individuals have managed to navigate their industry to find success while still providing professional opportunities for others and being a proponent of developing those around them for their own success.

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2019 Onyx & Ruby Gala, Sponsored by UC Health
2019 Onyx & Ruby Gala, Sponsored by UC Health
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM
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Justin Gibson, Bus '05
Associate Director,
Diversity Outreach and Engagement

Email Justin
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