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PBAO Giving Circle

The Purdue Black Alumni Organization (PBAO) is teaming with the Purdue For Life Foundation to form the PBAO Giving Circle.

By combining the efforts of interested Black Purdue alumni and friends, we can create funding for programs on campus and in the community that impact the lives of Black students at Purdue, and increase scholarship support to attract and retain students. It also provides members exclusive opportunities to interact with activities and life on campus.

Lacey-Mason Society

Named in homage to George W. Lacey (P’1890) and Inez Mason (S’27) — Purdue’s first male and female Black graduates on record — the society’s mission is to recruit 100 members to raise $100,000 annually.

Members of the Lacey-Mason Society are committed to $1,000 annual contributions in the lead-up to the 2022 Leadership Symposium.

Each year, 25% of the funds raised by the Lacey-Mason Society will go toward a scholarship fund. The remaining funds will be distributed to organizations, centers, or projects that impact Black student enrollment at Purdue

Lacey-Mason Society members may be of any race or nationality and will automatically be counted as members of the Purdue President’s Council.

Founding Circle Members

Eleven initial members will give a one-time gift of $50,000 or more, totaling $550,000 or more.

Founding endowed scholarships can be directed towards any area of interest, but will be associated through a unique naming convention. For example, the Charles Smith Founder’s Scholarship for the Business Opportunity Program.

Founding members are voting circle members for life and will decide on the giving circle’s formal name.

Founding circle members may be of any race or nationality.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in joining the Founders Circle or have any other questions, please contact us:

Mark Gaines
Senior Director of Development – Diversity and Inclusion
Office: 765-496-5212
Cell: 317-413-4759
msgaines@prf.org

Sharetha Marshall, MSM (HHS ’02)
Assistant Director, Regional Outreach
Office: 765-494-5180
sharetha@purdue.edu