The Black Tie Scholarship Gala is Alabama A&M University's premier fundraising event and is designed to support talented students who demonstrates a financial need. Of our approximately 6000 students, over 91% receive some form of financial aid to attend school. Many capable students withdraw from school because they simply cannot afford to pay tuition. Scholarships are critical for helping the University to retain deserving students until they complete their degrees. Last year's gala provided over $90,000 in scholarships to students. This event was conceived by members of Collaborative University Business and Industry Cluster (CUBIC) in 2001 as a way to raise scholarship dollars and to build institutional awareness while bringing together students, faculty/staff and industry for a common cause.