The 2017 Lillian Hornsby Memorial Award recognizes an undergraduate Africana woman student pursuing a degree in History or related field.

In 1995, Alton Hornsby, a professor of history at Morehouse College, created the Lillie M. Newton Hornsby Award to honor his late mother. Mrs. Hornsby is remembered for her unwavering commitment to the education of her children and her community at large. Dr. Hornsby continues his mother’s example of self-sacrifice for the greater collective good through his support of this award for African-descended undergraduate women.


  • A female undergraduate of Africana descent majoring in History or a related field (includes arts and sciences)
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA (Note: Student must provide a transcript)
  • Two academic letters of recommendations (Note: One of the recommenders must be a current ABWH member)
  • 15- to 20-page essay related to a topic pertaining to Africana women in history, culture, politics, art, and/or science

The next competition will open in late Spring 2018, and the deadline will fall in June 2018. Please check back for further details.

See a list of all ABWH awards here.