The Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award recognizes a woman of color with a distinguished career in higher education demonstrated by scholarly endeavors or administrative and professional accomplishments. Additionally, she is an engaged member of her campus and community, with a history of advancing the development of young women of color as they pursue their education and prepare for careers in the academy and beyond.
We encourage nominations of women of color working in higher education as instructors, collegiate faculty, research faculty, program directors and related administrative roles, academic advisors, or student affairs professionals.
Use this form to nominate and upload supporting material. Nominations need to include: A nomination statement of approximately 800 words describing how the candidate meets the award criteria. Nominations should address the candidate’s scholarly achievements and/or professional and administrative accomplishments, contributions to mentoring, leadership ability, and service to their institution and community. Use specific examples to demonstrate how the candidate has encouraged the professional and scholarly growth of other women of color, both colleagues and students. Describe why you think this woman is a leader and a beacon to women of color in the academy.
The woman you nominate will be contacted by the planning committee to accept your nomination by submitting her resume/CV and a personal statement.
Presented to one faculty member and one administrator, The Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award is named in memory of our beloved colleague who served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech from 2005 until her passing in 2008. The Award recognizes a woman of color with a distinguished career in higher education demonstrated by scholarly endeavors or administrative and professional accomplishments.
Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2021, at 11:59. The nominees' acceptance packets are due March 15.
Questions can be sent to FWCA@vt.edu with the subject line "Zenobia Hikes Award Inquiry"
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