RALEIGH, N.C. — Shaw University held their Inaugural HBCU Triumph Gala last Friday on December 1, supported by community leaders and alumni. The sold-out inaugural gala generated over $600,000 in scholarships for SU students. 

“The funds raised during the gala will help provide scholarships for Shaw University students. The contributions were generous and given by those who understand the necessity of the continued existence of HBCUs,” said Dr. Paulette Dillard, Shaw University President and CEO.

The inaugural HBCU themed gala was the first of its kind from Shaw University and marked the signature event of the December 1st Triumph Project. The December 1 gala date was also in salute to the 158th anniversary founding of SU.

Additionally, the event was accompanied by events such as, the kickoff of the James A. Forbes, Sr. Lecture Series and an exhibition featuring commissioned portrayals of Estey Hall, the iconic Shaw University first built in the country to house Black female college students.

The Shaw University-led gala honored Congresswoman Alma Adams, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for supporting HBCUs over the years.

“I was thrilled to attend Shaw University’s historic Triumph Gala and to accept a special award on behalf of UNCF. Congratulations to President Dillard and the entire Shaw University community for orchestrating an awesome event,” UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax said.

Congresswoman Adams thanked the gala for her honor and the future of SU under President Dillard’s leadership.

“Shaw University, the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina, has a long and proud history. Under the great leadership of President Paulette Dillard, its best days are still ahead of it. With Shaw will rise the hopes and dreams of every young boy and girl in North Carolina seeking a better future,” Adams said.

The A.J. Fletcher Foundation also expressed their gratitude to the gala and the university.

“The A.J. Fletcher Foundation has been a stalwart supporter of Shaw University, and we’re humbled to receive the HBCU Triumph Legacy Award. Moreover, we’re excited about the future Shaw University’s past has poised us to undertake together,” A.J. Fletcher Foundation Executive Director and Vice President Damon Circosta said.

Shaw University is the first HBCU in North Carolina and among the oldest in the country.