Willie R. Evans UBAA Legacy Scholarship Application

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About the Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Scholarship was established by the University at Buffalo Alumni Association (UBAA) through its board of directors to assist enrolled students who are children or grandchildren of UB Alumni Association members. Instituted in 2008, the Legacy Scholarship was proudly renamed the Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship in 2009. When we think of the word “legacy”, we think of an inheritance, something valuable handed down; the concept of connectedness, as in a family; and heritage, as in tradition, pride and spirit.

Willie R. Evans, a 1960 UB graduate, embodied all of those principles. As a student, he was part of the UB family; in particular, Willie played UB football and was a member of the 1958 UB Bulls football team that turned down an invitation to appear in the Tangerine Bowl because Evans and another black teammate would not be allowed to play alongside white players. As an alumnus, he has maintained his involvement with the university for decades. Willie was involved with the UBAA since 1972. A lifetime member of the association, he also served as past president of the UBAA Board of Directors.

Scholarships are awarded annually to qualifying full-time students in any academic discipline or course of study. Awards are made without regard to age, race, creed, color, gender, citizenship or religion.

Instructions to Applicants

Deadline: Applications for the 2018-19 academic year scholarship(s) must be submitted between October 1 and November 30, 2018. Any application that is incomplete or submitted after November 30, 2018 will not be considered. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials are received by the November 30, 2018 deadline.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students, whose parent, grandparent, or guardian is a UB alumnus. Applicants must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 30 credit hours at UB. Without exception, all applicants must be registered to attend UB for the fall 2018 academic semester. Assistance is not available for graduate study work. Please note, an alumnus is defined as any person who has a UB degree, is a UBAA life member, a former resident/postdoctoral associate/fellow, a CEL Core graduate or a certificate holder. Prior recipients of this scholarship are ineligible. Only students meeting eligibility requirements will be considered.

Scholarship amount: The award for the Legacy Scholarship is $3,000. The scholarship may be given to one recipient or shared equally by two recipients. UBAA reserves the right to revise or suspend this program without notice.

Applying: Applications must be completed in full. Submit only the items requested. No additional materials will be considered. Applications must be submitted using the UB Scholarship Portal. Only students meeting eligibility requirements will be considered. If you are unable to access the UB Scholarship Portal and require assistance to submit your information for consideration, please contact the alumni office.

Only one scholarship or merit award per year from the UBAA/UBFAN may be received by any one individual. However, you may apply for more than one UBAA/UBFAN scholarship or merit award at a time. In the event you are selected to receive more than one award in a year, you will receive the one scholarship or merit award that has the higher monetary value available at the time.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be evaluated based on the essay criteria defined on the application. Academic achievement and recommendations will also be taken into consideration.

The president of the UBAA will appoint a committee from the UBAA Board of Directors to review applications and select the recipients. Finalists will be required to participate in an interview.  

Selection Process: Each application will be independently reviewed by members of the UBAA Legacy Scholarship Committee in order to assess the qualifications of each candidate based on the weighted criteria described above. Finalists will be selected, and will be required to participate in an interview process. Decisions about the final award recipient(s) will be based on the interview committee's assessment of the finalists.

Notification: Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified of the results notified through the UB Scholarship Portal, and recipient names will be listed on the alumni website. 

Publicity disclaimer: Submitting an application constitutes permission for use of the information contained in the application or its supporting information for marketing and publicity purposes as may be deemed appropriate by the Alumnae Scholarship Committee, UB Alumni Association and/or the University at Buffalo.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact the UBFAN at 1-800-284-5382 or via email.

Application Details

Submit an Activity Transcript from the Leadership Development Center -OR– a List of Activities (resume style) outlining your UB extra-curricular activities and what they entail. (PDF, doc, docx, txt are acceptable file formats).

Minimum 500 words, maximum 750.

In your essay, please explain what a UB legacy means to you.  Be sure to address these questions.

  1. What relative makes you eligible for the scholarship and how did the fact that they attended UB impact your decision to enroll?
  2. What are your activities at UB and how do they impact you and your future? How do they place UB in a positive light?
  3. Where do you see your relationship with UB, 10 years after you graduate?

Provide two letters of recommendation (no more than one page each).