The late Asa G. Hilliard III (Nana Baffour Amankwatia, II) was renown as an educator, historian, psychologist, and social advocate. He served as the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at the Georgia State University and prior to that served on the faculty of San Francisco State University for 18 years. During this time he was department chair, Dean of Education, and served as Consultant to the Peace Corps and Superintendent of Schools in Monrovia, Liberia. He was one of the founding members of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) and the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and was an elder and life member of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III wrote on subjects dear to his heart, such as ancient African history, teaching strategies, public policy, cultural styles and child growth and development. He also served as expert witness on several landmark cases on test validity and bias. His commitment to education and the development of students at all levels was evinced by his involvement in conferences, and his role as a consultant to school districts, university and government agencies on valid assessment, equity in the curriculum and teacher preparation.
Dr. Hilliard's life was spent expounding on the need for African-centered education and "telling the truth and dispelling the lies" about African history. He was an ardent believer in ancient African values, principles and virtues and their importance to the socialization of Black children. Asa Hilliard's life was spent in the service of people of African descent to promote consciousness of self and cultural awareness.
Objective of scholarship
The objective of this award is to support graduate counseling students who are committed to scholarly activities related to Black education and development. The scholarship recipient will receive a non-renewable award in the amount of $350.00 to support scholarly pursuits related to Black education.
- Applicants must be current student members of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) at the point of application for the scholarship.
- Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of wholeness among individuals of African descent. This commitment must be demonstrated in the application essay, work in the community, and current scholarship.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled, either full- or part-time, in a masters or doctoral level counseling program (counselor education or counseling psychology).