Department Awards & Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Africology and African American Studies Department are eligible to be nominated for the following awards and scholarships. Superior academic achievement is a prerequisite for nomination.

  • The Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Award is given to a successful student who best represents the department’s commitment to community work and public action. Harper was a Black abolitionist, suffragist, poet, temperance activist, teacher, public speaker and writer. One of the first African American women to be published in the United States in 1845, Harper became a public figure who championed Black women’s suffrage and educational goals in 19th century Philadelphia.
  • The Annie D. Hyman Award is given to a successful student to honor the founder of the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) at Temple University. In 1975, Ms. Hyman pioneered the PASCEP education program for adults initiating GED courses. Under Ms. Hyman’s leadership, PASCEP instituted a prison program and collaborated with Temple students conducting workshops, Kwanzaa programs and teaching courses for the inmates at Graterford Prison.
  • The Octavius V. Catto Award is named for the renowned African American activist, leader and teacher who best articulated the goals and objectives of the African American community in Philadelphia. He was martyred while promoting voter registration, on the first Election Day, after passage of the 15th Amendment in 1871. The award recognizes the successful student who demonstrates, in particular, foremost dedication and academic excellence in sociopolitical issues that concern Black society. The department recognizes Catto’s contribution to freedom at an annual ceremony near his monument at Philadelphia’s City Hall.
  • The Stephen P. Couvillion Scholarship is established to honor the memory of a former graduate student who studied in our department from 2008–2010. Initiated by Stephen’s family, the scholarship is awarded to the successful MA student who demonstrates unusual initiative and academic commitment to research and scholarship. The Stephen P. Couvillion Award represents one of the highest and most prestigious awards given in the department.

College of Liberal Arts Student Scholarships and Awards

In addition to university scholarships and financial aid, the College of Liberal Arts offers more than 100 college and departmental awards and scholarships. 

The following are just a few of the scholarships available to College of Liberal Arts students. 

  • The Donald Parsons Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding College of Liberal Arts student in any year who demonstrates financial need.
  • The Ellen Stover Northup Award in International Studies is a need-based scholarship awarded to outstanding College of Liberal Arts students to assist with the costs of studying abroad for one semester, with preference given to students studying abroad for the first time.
  • The James H. Glackin Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for first-year students who exhibit academic achievement in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • The Jane D. Mackler Scholarship is awarded to first-year, sophomore and junior students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • The Marie Rittenhouse Masters Scholarship is awarded to College of Liberal Arts students who graduated from the Philadelphia public school system and demonstrate academic achievement.
  • The Nadia Kravchenko Award is given to a nontraditional College of Liberal Arts student pursuing his or her bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about College of Liberal Arts scholarships

Financial Aid

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Federal Stafford Loans

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Federal Work-study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-study Program is based on the applicant’s need as determined by the information on the applicants FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.

Learn aid, scholarship and work-study options at Student Financial Services.


For more information or if you have questions about scholarships and awards in the College of Liberal Arts, contact Yolanda Mobley, assistant director for awards management.