African American Studies Scholarship

Tamarah Hayslett (2019)
Tamarah is a freshman from Davenport Iowa. She chose African American Studies in order to learn about black culture, religion, literature, economics, and more. She says growing up, she always wondered why schools focus primarily on Eurocentrist beliefs. Especially because America was built, and is home to more than just Europeans and their descendants. Why not cover the background of all ethnicity groups? Tamarah plans to be a college professor someday and as an AAS major she has the ability to choose from a wide range of topics when thinking about what she wants to teach. 

Tristan Schmidt (2018 & 2019)
Tristan is from Floud, Iowa. He says the path he took to African American Studies was an odd one. He switched majors a number of times (about 7) before taking a class with Professor Jessica Welburn. That class made him realize that AAS was a perfect fit. It was perfect for him because of how interdisciplinary it was. He was able to take a variety of classes learning how different experiences connected the history and culture of the African diaspora to contemporary events. 

Emma Weddle (2017)

Carrie Darden (2017)
Carrie was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Upon graduating in May, she will be headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue a law degree at the University of Michigan Law School. Her dream is to become a litigator for an organization like the American Civil Liberties Union or the NAACP, to fight for civil rights for groups that have been historically marginalized. The most rewarding moments she has had in all four years at the University of Iowa, have been in AFAMS classes because she felt the most comfort and pride in classrooms filled with students and professors that looked like her.

Rachael Hale (2016)

Rodnika Carter (2015)

Ashley Lee (2014)
Ashley is a sophomore with a major in English.  She is on the Dean’s list and in the honors program.  Ashley is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a mentor for the Center for Diversity and Enrichment program, a columnist for the Daily Iowan and an Iowa Edge peer leader.

Leia Scott (2013)
The winner of the 2012-2013 African American Studies scholarship is a Leia Scott, a Senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Leia is a ouble major in African American Studies and English – Selected out of 50,000 applicants nationwide to serve in the Teach for America program in Cleveland, Mississippi.  She plans to enroll in a state-approved Teaching  Program this summer – and will teach secondary English or Elementary School.  As a writer for the organization, Young, Black and Educated, Leia shines a light on issues in the African American community.  She teaches Bible lessons to children at Bethel A.M.E. church and serves as a mentor with the Center for Diversity and Enrichment Program.