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Donations help AAL to directly support our scholarship fund. The scholarship fund aids African-American students with the expense of college living and also provides assistance for world language programs and studying abroad. Consider making your gift (of any amount) a recurring donation. No amount is too small. To make the gift a recurring donation, click the donation link above, type in your donation amount, and then click the tab next to the dollar amount to make it a recurring gift. Thank you for your support. AAL is your network!                

Look what your donations have done!


Berry A. Claytor Scholarship ($5000) generously donated by Reginald Smith to African American Linguists for an African American student to study at Beijing Normal University.

Claytor Scholarship Recipient: Darius Melvin, BA, Johnson C. Smith University; MBA Wake Forest University

Melvin's initial response upon learning that he had won the scholarship.
Mr. Smith,

As I mentioned to Dr. Wilberschied (AAL Scholarship Chair), I am honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Berry A. Claytor Scholarship.  I can't explain how much this means to me, my family and my chinese professor (she was crying today in class because she was so happy).  


Melvin's follow-up communication to AAL upon returning from China.

Dear AAL,

I hope everything is going great for you!  First, I would like to thank you all for your contributions with the Berry A. Claytor Scholarship.  China was a great experience for me that I'll never, ever forget!  In fact, I want to go back in the near future. 


Thank you for your donations!

  1. Dr. Raymond Blackburn, TX 
  2. Walter & Tangela Jones, NC
  3. Kinnard & Trina Kirby, NC
  4. Margaretta Hines Moore, NC
  5. Tony & Latisha Roseboro, NC
  6. Dr. Lee Wilberschied, OH
  7. Lundon Sims, NC
  8. Reginald Smith
  9. And many other unnamed donors!