Iowa Black Alumni Association


The Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA) promotes the general mission of the University of Iowa. It strives to recognize Black students and alumni for their achievement and service, foster their career and educational opportunities, and enhance the social and economic conditions of prospective, current, and former Black students. Members receive e-newsletters and invitations to participate in regional events and reunions.

For updates, follow IBAA on Facebook.

2023 Iowa Black Alumni Association Reunion, April 28–30

Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship 2023-24

The Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA) is pleased to announce that scholarship applications are now available for the 2023-24 Scholarship.

A minimum of (1)-one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year. (the past few years we have been able to award at least two scholarships).

The scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student (sophomore through graduate school) who is currently enrolled full time at the University of Iowa and who will be enrolled full time during the next academic year.

Applications will be available at the following locations:

  • Center for Diversity and Enrichment, 2750 University Capitol Centre (200 S. Capitol Street) Iowa City, IA 52242
  • Office Of Student Financial Aid, 2400 University Capitol Centre (200 S. Capitol Street) Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Or email Billie-townsend@uiowa.edu.

History

In 1963, a group of Iowa alumni and friends gathered at an informal picnic at the Rockford, Illinois, home of the late McKinley "Deacon" Davis (55BA). The group agreed to organize on a more formal basis and became known as the Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA). Today, the IBAA has grown to an active membership of more than 300 people.

The Hall of Honor and scholarship fund are two major IBAA projects supported by the University of Iowa Center for Advancement and University of Iowa administration.

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For more information, email alumni.engagement@foriowa.org or call 319-335-3305. To learn more about other ways to get involved with the University of Iowa, check out additional Iowa Alumni Networks.

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