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Congratulations, 2024 Lee Roy B. Giles Award Winners!

Giles Award Ceremony Group Photo 4.19.24

Gathered by: Chera Jo Watts

The Institute for African American Studies at The University of Georgia is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award which was established in 2010 by his wife, Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Professor Emerita in the Institute.  This year, the award honored the legacy of Mr. Giles with a $1000 award given to three students who have exhibited excellence in the area of African American Studies through their research, practical application, and academic experience. This cycle, one undergraduate student received the award, and two graduate students received awards for a total of three award winners. The winners were celebrated along with their families and supporters in a ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2024 in Adinkra Hall located on the 4th floor of Memorial Hall on campus. Please read below for information about our winners and the ways that you may contribute to this award in the future to support our students. 

Undergraduate award winner: Caleb Snead, Double Dawgs Program, B.S. Health Promotion (May 2024) and MPH in Health Promotion and Behavior (May 2025) with a minor in Global Health. 

Graduate winner: Maya Brooks, PhD candidate in History with a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies.

Graduate winner: Chera Jo Watts, PhD candidate in Religion with a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies.

The Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award is announced each spring by the Institute for African American Studies at UGA. If you wish to contribute to the Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award, please reach out to Dr. Carolyn Jones Medine or use the “Donate” link through our website. Congratulations, again, to all of the 2024 awardees! 

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