AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
The Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship committee has enthusiastically (and unanimously) awarded Hilary Grabowska the inaugural Doss Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year.
In her application essay, Hilary offered this explanation for her interest in African-American Studies:
"If I were to have the question concerning racism presented to me again, I would now be able to answer it, clearly and in detail. I wouldn’t be able to answer it simply because I know racists but because my time in the minor has taught me so much about racism, that it is not the typical racism we think about when we picture the Civil Rights movement of the mid 20th century; that it is not always overtly violent but it is still omnipresent today. With this knowledge, I am now equipped to study not only African American Studies, but other minorities, other cultures and other countries. It has been truly mind opening.”
She will receive $1,000 ($500 per semester) and will accept the award at the Black Studies Reunion banquet the evening of Saturday, September 21, where her award will again be announced.
Congratulations, Hilary. We are so happy that the award is going to such a hard working, gifted, and impassioned member of the African-American Studies program. Kudos.
African-American Studies at the University of Montana prepares students to speak, write, and think critically about social, cultural, and political dynamics within the African-American community. Students who take the minor are equipped for any job that demands a keen awareness of this countrys racial fracture lines. Through excellent teaching and creative scholarship, faculty guide students to a deep understanding of the contributions, movements, and identities among African Americans in the U.S. and the world.