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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 $1.8 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

Mission: “Enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCSD” through scholarships and increased institutional academic support and
enrichment for Black students.


Selectivity: 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.


Composition: 100% of BASF Scholars identify as Black/African
American since award criteria are not constrained by Prop 209.


Participation: Scholarship and enrichments are tied
together in an OPT-OUT Program; participation in academic
and other enrichment activities are required for scholarship


Impact: “Increasing numbers of high achieving, civic-minded BASF graduates will enhance diversity and dynamism in the broader San Diego community”.


BASF Enrichments Improve Educational
and Career Outcomes

BASF Board Members

Kyra Bader, MBA
Sr. Manager, Operations Project Management,
QuidelOrtho Corp
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

UCSD Chief Administrative Officer, Colleges Business Office

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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