Gardner Exum Scholarship

Photo of 2013 recipients of the Gardner Exum Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Gardner/Exum Scholarship Fund was established in December of 1986 to honor Northwestern University alumnus Attorney Milton Gardner, co-founder of For Members Only – Northwestern University’s Black Student Alliance, and Professor William Exum, former chairperson of the Department of African American Studies. Because of their commitment to academic excellence, concern for Black students, community needs, and their belief that effective leadership can make a major impact on our lives, this scholarship has assisted many Black student leaders for over two decades.

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Black students in a manner that supports academic excellence and recognizes campus and community leadership. Our hope is that these funds will help reduce the need for loans or employment for Northwestern students currently receiving financial aid, and allow them to focus more on their studies.

2018 Scholarship Awards

The scholarship will be awarded during:

  • The JOY
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • 1:00pm
  • Norris University Center - Louis room


For consideration, students must:

  • fill out the scholarship application (.doc)
  • show academic excellence in the form of a GPA 3.0 or higher
  • demonstrate leadership in clubs or organizations
  • show an established commitment to community service
  • be a recipient of financial aid.
  • Students must also submit one letter of recommendation from an employer, on or off campus, or a Northwestern University faculty member.

Application Deadline

  • All applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • The application can be submitted electronically to or turned in at the Black House, 1914 Sheridan road.
  • Finalists will be required to participate in an interview with the selection committee on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, or Thursday, May 24, 2018 between 12pm-5pm.

For further information, please visit our website, or contact Daphne Nwankpa, by email at