As part of a yearlong celebration, Fisk University will host its Sesquicenten-nial Scholarship Gala at the Music City Center on Thursday, April 28, at 7 pm. Grammy award winning recording artist Wynonna Judd and the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers will perform during the gala.
Actress and Fisk Alumna Kym Whitley will serve as Mistress of Ceremony for the event. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson will serve as Keynote Speaker for the event.
“Our Sesquicentennial Gala marks 150 years of excellence for Fisk University. In recent months, we have celebrated our remarkable 150-year history in many ways and have been grateful for the outpouring of support and congratulatory offerings we have received from the community and the many Friends of Fisk.,” said Frank L. Sims, president of Fisk University. “Thanks to the support of individuals, businesses, and many private organizations, we are able to ensure that future Fiskites are able to fund their education.”
All proceeds from the Sesquicentennial Scholar-ship Gala will go to support the General Scholarship Fund. For ticket purchases, dial 615-329-8751 or visit
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly. Acc-ording to the American Physical Society, Fisk is the #1 producer of underrepresented minority Master’s in Physics degrees. Fisk is ranked in the top 15 institutions for awarding the Master’s in Physics degree for all students, and tied for fourth place for Master’s degrees awarded to women. Fisk is the 4th highest ranked institution in Tennessee and the highest ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Forbes magazine’s 2015 edition of ‘America’s Top Colleges.’ Fisk has ranked in Princeton Review’s ‘Best Southeastern Colleges’ publication for 22 consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report ranks Fisk in the elite Tier One liberal arts institutions.
Fisk has earned 4 R&D 100 Awards, the only HBCU to do so. For more information about Fisk University, visit