The West VirginiaUniversityCenter for Black Culture and Research is accepting applications for the Carter G. Woodson Awards.

To obtain an application, please visit the center’s Web site at call 293-7029, ext. 110. The deadline for applications is April 14.

Carter G. Woodson is known as the father and creator of Negro History Week, which officially became Black History Month in 1976. He laid the foundation for making black studies an academic discipline. Born in 1875, he grew up in abject poverty. He taught himself how to read and write and did not receive a formal education until his late teens. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson served as dean of liberal arts at HowardUniversity and at West Virginia State College.

He retired from teaching in 1922 and devoted himself to encouraging the study of black history and culture. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to produce scholarly books and materials on black history. The association published the Journal of Negro History, with Woodson as editor. Woodson was also the author of numerous books on black history. At the time of Woodsons death in 1950, he was editing a six-volume Encyclopedia Africana. Among his honors is the NAACP Spingarn Medal, awarded in 1926.

The WVUCenter for Black Culture and Research established the annual Carter G. Woodson Awards program to recognize graduating African and African American students at West VirginiaUniversity. These awards also acknowledge the outstanding leadership and contributions of staff and students and are given in conjunction with the Universitys commencement events and venues in May.

The award categories are:

  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service

  • Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship in Africana Studies

  • Fanny Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to African American Students

  • Marian Anderson/Alvin Ailey Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts

  • Victorine Louistall Monroe Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the African American Community

  • Wilma Rudolph/Jackie Robinson Award for Model Student Athlete

  • Frederick Douglass Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Achievement

The 13th annual Carter G. Woodson Awards Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. May 17 in Hatfield’s Restaurant in the WVU Mountainlair. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP , call 293-7029, ext.110 before May 9.