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Brief History And Background

The Black Alumni Scholarship Fund was founded at UC San Diego by Alumnus Lennon Goins, D.D.S in 1983.


The fund was moved off campus into an endowment at The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) in 1998 following the passage of CA Proposition 209.

The endowment has gradually grown to approximately $2 million divided between Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Math, Science & Engineering funds.

Following Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s announcement of the Black Academic Excellence Initiative (BAEI) at UCSD in 2016 as a BASF partner, the BASF started its Enriched Scholarship Program in collaboration with campus departments.

Key Defining Features Of BASF Program


Enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCSD and in the San Diego region through scholarships and enrichment programs that expand educational opportunities for high achieving, civic-minded African American students.


Scholars are competitively selected from admitted Black students on the basis of prior community service, campus engagement intentions and resiliency to racial and other identity challenges.


100% of BASF Scholars identify as Black/African

American since award criteria are not constrained by Prop 209.


 Scholarship and enrichments are tied

together in an OPT-OUT Program; participation in academic
and other enrichment activities are required for scholarship


As it grows, the BASF Program will significantly increase Black enrollment at UCSD and add vitality to the San Diego region though increasing numbers of skilled, civic minded African Americans ready for careers in research, technology, education, business, the arts, and public service.


Increase Black graduation at UCSD from 2% to 5% of degrees awarded

BASF Enrichments Improve Educational
and Career Outcomes

BASF Board Members

Kyra Bader, MBA

Director of Operations Project Management

Kimberley Boehm, PhD Former Mills College Provost and Faculty Dean; UCSD Alumni Board

Mae Brown, MS

UCSD Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management (Retired)

Manuelita Brown, MS

Renowned Artist & Sculptor, Tsahai Studio

Jan Fisher, BA
Project Manager, City National Bank (Retired);
UCSD Alumni Board

Pamela Frugé, MBA

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education

Rodney Hood, MD

Medical Practitioner, President Multicultural Health Foundation

Fnann Keflezighi, MA

UCSD Cross Cultural Center Director

LaWana Richmond, PhD

UCSD Business Development Manager

Edward Spriggs, JD

UCSD Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs (Retired)

Mary Taylor, EDD

SDSU Executive Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, Outreach and Success

Joseph Watson, PhD

UCSD Professor and Vice Chancellor Student Affairs Emeritus

Alonzo White, MD

Chief Medical Officer for Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield


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