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Scholarship Opportunities

The African and African American (AFA) Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University invites students pursuing a minor or certificate in AFA to apply for the AFA Study Abroad Scholarship in Africa (ASASA). The purpose of ASASA is to increase awareness of and respect for cultural differences by setting aside $2000 annually to support four EKU students interested in studying abroad in Africa. Through this scholarship, AFA is helping to develop Kentucky leaders equipped with broad cultural perspectives that would help them address the needs of our global community.

Application Form  ♦  Projected Budget Form


  • Must be an EKU student pursuing a minor or certificate in African and African American Studies.
  • Must apply to an EKU-affiliated study abroad program in Africa that applies toward an EKU degree and/or AFA minor/certificate. See link for approved EKU study abroad programs:
  •  Must consult with Education Abroad Office staff: Office (Keith 129); Phone (859-622-8794).
  •  Must submit a projected budget form, signed by EKU Education Abroad staff.
  •  Within one month of their return, scholarship recipients must submit at least ten annotated photos, a video journal, and 500-word essay about their study abroad experience to Ogechi Anyanwu at

Download and complete ASASA Application Form and submit it with your resume and a projected budget form to Margaret Hale (Keith 143); Phone: 859-622-7235.

Provided funding is still available in the current financial year, each ASASA award will have a value of up to $500 per student, but could be higher depending on need. Recipients may apply the money for their tuition/fees and other expenses related to their study abroad in Africa.

Applications will be received and considered on an on-going basis for enrollment in an appropriate semester for as long as the Scholarships are available.

Scholarships are to be awarded primarily on academic merit. Grade Point Average (GPA) calculations will be considered together with involvement in cultural or community activities as revealed in your resume. All applications will be reviewed by the AFA Awards committee and applicants will be advised by email of the result of their application.

For further inquiries about ASASA, and for more information about AFA, please visit our website at or contact the director, Dr. Ogechi E. Anyanwu at or 859-622-3483.


Please join us in celebrating Black History Month by participating in our annual writing competition. There will be two separate contests, one for area high school students (including Madison Central, Madison Southern, Berea Community, and Model Laboratory School) and one for Eastern Kentucky University students. Topic of work must be about some aspect of the black experience. This competition is an opportunity for students to tell their stories; it shows exemplary writings by high school and college students and honors their achievements as writers and scholars. Any piece completed during the 2017/2018 academic years will be considered for the competition.


  • All individuals who wish to participate in the writing competition must be enrolled in an area high school (Madison Southern, Madison Central, Berea Community, and Model Laboratory) or Eastern Kentucky University.
  • The submitted piece must be on a significant historical or contemporary issue, idea, movement, art, event, country, individual, institution, or group that promotes a better understanding of the black experience in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Caribbean, etc.
  • The submitted piece could be in the form of research essay or report, document analysis essay, poster board, studio-based artwork, creative prose, poetry, creative nonfiction essay, culturally based artistic performance in music/dance/theatre, short story, etc.
  • The submitted piece of work must be composed solely by the student who is requesting to participate in the contest.
  • Writing submissions will be judged on style and content by a committee of EKU professors. Decisions made by the committee of judges are final.


  • If you want your creative and scholarly work to be considered, please submit your work to Margaret Hale at (Keith 143, 859-622-7235) on or before March 30, 2018.
  • Winners will be notified on April 10, 2018.
  • Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony on April 25, 2018. Venue and time TBA.


  • First Place: $75 and Certificate
  • Second Place: $50 and Certificate
  • Third Place: $25 and Certificate

For further inquiries about the competition, and for more information about AFA, please visit our website at or contact the director, Dr. Ogechi E. Anyanwu at or 859-622-3483.

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