Grace Holt Awards
The Department of African American Studies sponsors an award fund and annual legacy events and in commemoration of Grace Sims Holt, Professor Emeritus and founder of UIC's Black Studies Program, later to become this department. Professor Holt joined UIC in 1968 as an Associate Professor of Speech and Communications was tasked with establishing the campus Black Studies Program, which she headed from 1974 to 1986. In addition, Professor Holt helped gain recognition for black English as an object of study and consistently pushed for maintaining high levels of standards for students that allowed for alternative evidences of accomplishment.
THE GRACE HOLT AWARDS
The Grace Holt Memorial Award
The Grace Holt Memorial Award honors undergraduate and graduate students who have worked actively to improve the lives of African Americans. Eligible students must have a demonstrated commitment to issues of racial justice and a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The winner of this competition will receive a $1,000.00 award.
The 2020 Memorial Award application will be available at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.
The African American Studies Departmental Award
The African American Studies Departmental Award provides both recognition and support for its majors and minors. All students who have taken at least two African American Studies courses and who have demonstrated academic achievement and/or who are working under challenging circumstances are strongly encouraged to apply. Recipient is awarded $1000.00.
The 2020 Departmental Award application will be available at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.
Past Award Recipients
|Grace Holt Memorial Award||Grace Holt Departmental Award||Honorable Mention|
|2019||Amanda McDonald||LaCreshia Birts|
|2018||Regina Baker||Rasann Booker||Jon-Tel Carter; Tauja Merriweather|
|2017||Taelor Scott||Katie Speth||Ethalle Thompson|
|2016||Ash Stephens||Travell Williams|