Please be advised: The Lillian Hornsby Memorial Award will not be open for applications in 2022. Details on the 2023 Lillian Hornsby Memorial Award will be announced May 2023.

The Lillian Hornsby Memorial Award recognizes an undergraduate Africana woman student pursuing a degree in History or related field.

In 1995, Alton Hornsby, a professor of history at Morehouse College, created the Lillie M. Newton Hornsby Award to honor his late mother. Mrs. Hornsby is remembered for her unwavering commitment to the education of her children and her community at large. Dr. Hornsby continues his mother’s example of self-sacrifice for the greater collective good through his support of this award for African-descended undergraduate women.


  • A female undergraduate of Africana descent majoring in History or a related field (includes arts and sciences)
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA (Note: Student must provide a transcript)
  • Two academic letters of recommendations (Note: One of the recommenders must be a current ABWH member)
  • 15- to 20-page essay related to a topic pertaining to Africana women in history, culture, politics, art, and/or science

See a list of all ABWH awards here.