Jonny Gammage Scholarship


The scholarship is named for Jonny Gammage, a Black businessman, and philanthropist who died from positional asphyxiation at the hands of white police during a “routine” traffic stop in 1995. This incident and the “not guilty” verdicts in court cases against the police inspired the founding of the Black and White Reunion, the Summit Against Racism and the Jonny Gammage Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to law students to encourage a path of lawyering for social justice.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a law student in a local law school, must be a person of color, and must provide a resume along with the response to the scholarship question



THe recent presidential election was historic in its campaigning, rhetoric, and the end of “politics as usual.” e result is a President-Elect who does not pay taxes, who openly makes statements about women’s looks, who called for a wall to stop Mexicans who he termed rapists and murderers, and who is threatening to dismantle social programs.

It is unclear what impact the election of President-Elect Trump will have on our country. In the event that President-Elect Trump determines that the elimination of social programs and the limitation of certain rights will bene t the country, it is yet to be seen whether he has the legal ability to impose the laws and regulations at issue.

I. Will the election of Donald Trump – the head of the executive branch – have an impact on the distribution of resources and social programs and the limitation of rights of the citizenry? Explain your reasoning with a description of the powers of the executive branch and executive privilege.

II. In light of the recent election where the Presi- dent-Elect did not receive the majority of the popular (actual) vote but instead received the majority of the Electoral College vote, do you believe that the Electoral College should be abandoned? Why, and describe the Electoral College process along with its genesis.

III. Will the recent election inspire “everyday people” to be- come more involved in voting and the political process?

IV. What impact will the President –Elect have on the United States Supreme Court?

V. What can “everyday people” do to improve the pro- cess? Are millennials engaged enough in the real world to leave social media in order to effectively promote change or the direction of the country? If so, why? If not, why not?



2017 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Winners

We had three scholarship recipients that received $3,500 each.  $2,500 from the Black and White Reunion and $1,000 in match grants from NEED.

Jalon Alexander

Marcus Gaines-Cherry

Miracle L. Jones

2015 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Winners

We had three winners that each received $3,000. 2,500 from Black & White Reunion and then matching grants of $500 a piece from NEED.

Camille Raquel Davidson

Christopher Byron Shook


2014 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Winner

Omar Arzu, a 1st year law student at Pitt, was the winner of last year’s scholarship and was awarded $3,000. Check out the winning essay here.

2013 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Winners

Kaasha Benjamin and Todd Hightower won the scholarship in 2013. They were each awarded 3,000.

Kaasha Benjamin

Todd Hightower

2012 Jonny Gammage Scholarship Winner

Chris Carter