AFAM Newsletter

AFAM has a mission to provide studies with a broad, interdisciplinary education inclusive of a focus on Africa and the traditional areas of study of the African American Studies/Black Studies Discipline. The AFAM newsletter will highlight students, faculty, and staff on their accomplishments, as well as, other program news.

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AFAM Scholarships

Raymond Gary Memorial Scholarship 

The Raymond Gary Memorial Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship for students in the AFAM program. The Gary Scholarship will be awarded to two AFAM majors each year according to academics and financial need. 

The applicant must be a full-time student, AFAM major. The applicant will submit two (2) letters of recommendation, along with the scholarship application. The applicant will submit a 250 word essay, detailing why he/she should receive this scholarship. A copy of FAFSA must be on file with the University of Oklahoma financial aid services. 

Please go to the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) to apply. The new application system allows current students to apply for all OU scholarships in one central location with one deadline. Click here to apply for 2016-2017 scholarships. Deadline: February 1, 2016.


The Wayne C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship 

The Wayne C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship is the
second endowed scholarship fund in OU’s African and African-American Studies Program. Wayne Thompson was a community and social activist, a humanitarian, mentor to many, and a role model for how one life can make the world a better place. He continued his work until his death at the age of 62 on December 15, 2008.

The applicant must be a full-time AFAM major, who is active in the community.Two (2) letters of recommendation, from two different instructors, employers or advisors outside of the AFAM program.
Please include a 300 word essay detailing why you should be considered for this scholarship. The applicant must have a 2.5 GPA. 

Please go to the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) to apply. The new application system allows current students to apply for all OU scholarships in one central location with one deadline. Click here to apply for 2016-2017 scholarships. Deadline: February 1, 2016.


The Ashlee T. Madison Freedom Scholarship 

AFAM will be distributing for the very first time the Ashlee T. Madison Freedom Scholarship. Ashlee was a dynamic individual, who commanded an audience at an early age. The Ashlee T. Madison Freedom Scholarship is the third endowed scholarship fund in OU's African and African American Studies Program.

The applicant must be a full-time student, African and African American (AFAM) Studies Program major or minor, with a love of AFAM, the Arts and Aesthetics. The applicant will submit two (2) letters of recommendation, a 300 word essay (detailing why he/she should receive the scholarship) and the application.

Please go to the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) to apply. The new application system allows current students to apply for all OU scholarships in one central location with one deadline. Click here to apply for 2016-2017 scholarships. Deadline: February 1, 2016. 

 


Why I love AFAM

I love AFAM at OU because it opened my eyes to a perspective that was new and different to me. I was a white girl from an all-white rural school, but now I have a global world-view.     Shelby Hill

When I started at OU, I was unaware of what I wanted to study and I changed my major multiple times before I discovered AFAM. AFAM saved my college career and I love AFAM because AFAM loves me. AFAM has changed my entire outlook on life and I am very grateful and indebted to AFAM for opening my eyes to the ways of the world.      William Bessette

I love AFAM because I love to learn about the amazing things those before me have conquered and accomplished.      Taylor Rednose

I love AFAM because it provides theories, philosophy and literature to understand and analyze the Black experience. I honestly think that AFAM is one of the few majors on campus that allows students to become intimate with studies and lessons.       George Lee

I love AFAM because it allows me to inform others about the reasoning behind having a black studies program.  It provides the chance for true enlightenment about the rich cultural and history that has been left behind.    Denzel Hooks

I love AFAM because of its ability to outline global history through the experiences of African/Black generations. It incorporates my attachment with the study of society (i.e. sociology) while placing emphasis on the shifting conditions of the African/Black global body.          Shaina Thomas

I love AFAM because it continues to challenge every belief I have of American Society. AFAM provides theories and background about US history that I wouldn’t know otherwise.      Xavier Avery

I love AFAM because it influences involvement among the African American community. I love AFAM because it offers insight into certain experiences that others may have or might not experience in life.     Sophia Calhoun

I love AFAM because it speaks the truth. It fills a void in education and gives a different way to see the world and mankind.      Shakiyla Donaldson

I fell in love with AFAM because it is a meeting place of every discourse. There is a place for any and everybody in AFAM. Ek hoe van my Afrika und my mense. Ek hoe van my Afrika und my mense.                                                                                                                                                                  Christian Lewis

I love AFAM because of how broad it is. It is very open. My meaning behind open is its quality of the truth about history.                                                                                                                                        Gerald Johns

I love African and African American studies essentially because I am black. For years in Waldorf, Maryland public schools I learned about so many other discourses of knowledge; and now I have the opportunity to learn about my own culture. It is also an opportunity to learn truth about my history, culture, people and how to be an Afro-American...      Damion Thornton