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Congratulations, 2021 Giles Award Winners!

Lee Roy B. Giles

The Institute for African American Studies is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award, established in 2010 by his wife, Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Professor Emeritus in the Institute.  The Award honors the legacy of Mr. Giles with a cash award given to a student who has exhibited excellence in the area of African American Studies, whether in research, practical application, or academic experience. The application committee chooses one graduate student and one undergraduate student to receive the award each spring. This year’s award winners are Lla Lyn Anderson, an undergraduate majoring in Theatre and Philosophy, with certificates in Music Business and Sustainability (anticipated December 2021 graduation), and Sha’Mira Covington, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, & Interiors who is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies (anticipated 2022 graduation). The Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement is awarded each spring by the Institute for African American Studies. If you wish to contribute to the Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award, please reach out to Ms. Kendra Freeman (

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