The McDonogh Network strives to support black and African American students through mentoring and other initiatives that foster academic and social progress. Through this effort, there are several McDonogh Network awards available for stellar Lafayette students of color. For additional information on how to further support these awards, please contact Robert M. Young ’14, associate director of Annual & Leadership Giving at (610) 330-3081 or

From left to right are McDonogh Network award recipients Tawfiq Alhamedi ’17, Ingrid Yovo ’17, Aaliyah Shodeinde ’17, Valerie Melson ’17, Edoukou Aka-Ezoua ’17, Fabian Rogers ’17, and Phillip Harding ’19.


Darlyne Bailey ’74 Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences Award

A student whose academic/artistic accomplishments reflect an outstanding level of scholarship and advances understanding on an important issue related to diversity.

Dr. Eugene DeLoatch ’59 Excellence in Science and Engineering Award

A senior in the natural sciences or engineering whose academic accomplishments reflect an outstanding level of scholarship.

Dr. Eugene DeLoatch ’59 First-Year Academic Achievement Award

This award is granted to first-year students studying engineering and science with the highest GPAs.

Otis Ellis ’89 Scholar Athlete Award

This award is granted to a successful varsity athlete who has achieved an outstanding level of scholarship.

Riley Temple ’71 Creative and Artistic Citizenship Award

A student whose creative scholarship in the visual and/or performance arts contributes to knowledge on societal issues of multicultural concern.

Leroy Nunery ’77 Intellectual Citizenship Award

A student whose research on important social, political, or economic issues advances knowledge and involves the student in activities within a community.

Jeffrey Robinson ’80 Leadership Award

Awarded to an accomplished student who is also characterized by noteworthy leadership in college activities and student life.

David A. Portlock Cross-Cultural Relations Award

A student who has worked diligently to promote cross-cultural relationships on campus and/or the community.