IMPORTANT Announcment:

CU Boulder is taking proactive actions to minimize opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19 within our community. Therefore, the Barney Ford event scheduled for March 13, will be postponed to a future date, sometime in the fall semester. Your donation (e.g. ticket purchase, $$$ donation) will be deposited to the scholarship fund. Purchased tickets will be honored at the future event. Given this is a fundraising event, refunds will not be provided. More details will be shared at a later date. Please direct any questions to Erika Vette ( and Tracee DeAntoni ( The Barney Ford Committee would like to express our sincere gratitude for everyone's support, and we look forward to holding the fundraiser later this year.

The Barney Ford Fellowship

The Barney Ford Fellowship Fund for Diversity is a scholarship for MBA students and is committed to promoting diversity at Leeds School of Business.

The fellowship fund is named after Barney L. Ford (1822-1902), a former slave who became a leading Denver businessman. The Barney Ford Diversity Benefit is our way of maintaining a tradition that serves to carry on his legacy. The Barney Ford scholarship benefits a number of diverse Leeds MBA students every year

If you are unable to attend the Benefit you can make a donation directly to the Fellowship Fund below.

The 27th Annual Fundraiser Gala

IMPORTANT: Gala Postponed

Tickets Are Now Avaliable. Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door.

Silent and Live Auction

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

This is the 27th year of The Barney Ford Scholarship Fundraiser, which last year raised $27,000. The event, organized by first year MBA students at Leeds School of Business in support of MBA students, brings together MBA alumni, faculty and staff, current MBA students, and friends—all with the common goal of increasing scholarship funds for students.

Proceeds help fund student fellowships, with the overall goal of building diversity into the MBA program and contributing to the strong sense of community we work hard to achieve.

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Barney Ford - The ManLeeds School of Business

A former slave from South Carolina, Barney escaped at age seventeen, taught himself how to read and write and achieved great business success, becoming the most noted caterer and restaurateur in the Rocky Mountain region and Colorado’s most notable black businessman. Mr. Ford was also very active in civic and education causes.

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