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eric mooreCHARLOTTE, NC -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, has established a newly named postgraduate scholarship in honor of the late Eric Moore, who passed away on October 30. 

The Eric Moore Postgraduate Scholarship will award $10,000 to a college graduate who is interested in pursuing a post degree in communications, marketing, and media and who will be entering their first year of graduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics. 

Moore was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame in 2019. Moore, known affectionately as “The Guru,” was a media pioneer and a preeminent figure in the world of CIAA Sports Information and Communications, credited with developing the league’s online presence and setting the conference’s standards for in-game statistics. Moore served as a resource, guide, and mentor to many sports information directors within the CIAA and across the NCAA. He was also the Executive Director of the Black College Sports Information Directors’ Association, a role he had held since 2001. 

“For the past three decades, there has not been a person that has loomed larger and had a greater impact on CIAA Media than Mr. Moore,” said Tonia Walker, Senior Associate Commissioner for Strategic Marketing & External Operations in the CIAA. “It is only right to honor Mr. Moore with a scholarship that will allow him to have a positive imprint on further generations and contributors to the CIAA and HBCU Athletics.” 

In addition to the postgraduate scholarship being named in Moore’s honor, the CIAA will be dedicating the 2023 CIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament Press Room after Moore, as well. 

Applications are now being accepted for this scholarship. The application and requirements for the 2023 award are available online at or by clicking HERE. All application materials must be submitted by February 15, 2023.

About the CIAA 
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Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first, and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrates the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament - an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. 
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Bluefield State will be added as the conference's 13th full member, effective July 1, 2023. For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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