Albany State University Announces Theme and Honorees for Annual Scholarship Gala

Gala Honorees

The Albany State University (ASU) Foundation invites the community, alumni, and friends to join them for “A Night Under The Stars” to celebrate the 4th Annual Blue and Gold Scholarship Gala. The signature fundraising event will occur during Founder’s Day Week on Saturday, April 6, at the West Campus Arena.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 PM, followed by the gala at 7 PM. The attire is black-tie. Tickets are $150, and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. Support of this event enables ASU to provide scholarships to deserving students.

During the gala, six outstanding individuals and one business will be honored for their dedication and support of the university and their significant contributions to their respective fields. This formal event promises a night of celebration, inspiration, and gratitude. The gala honorees are as follows:

Excellence in Education Award: Kenneth Dyer, Superintendent, Dougherty County School System

Dr. Joseph W. Holley Lifetime Achievement Award: Shirley Sherrod and Charles Sherrod (posthumously), Civil Rights Activists, New Communities, Inc.

Trailblazer Award: Pastor Dr. Daniel Simmons, Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church

Rising Star Award: Randy Williams and Eric Heyward, Founders and CEOs, Talley & Twine

Community Partner of the Year: Molson Coors Beverage Company

Additional information, tickets, and sponsorships can be found at