Dr. Seth Spellman NIA ALANA Scholarship Award
NIA (Knee-Ah) means purpose in the African language of Kiswahili. The Dr. Seth Spellman NIA ALANA Scholarship Award is given to four scholars who have met the above criteria for both the community service and leadership award while also exhibiting high scholastic achievement. Financial need is taken into consideration. This award has been made possible by the generous support of the Yang Family and the fundraising efforts of many of our student groups. The honors are given in memory of Seth Spellman, Jr., who was dean of the University's School of Social Welfare, serving until 1980. He was also a professor and past chair of the Department of Africana Studies, which he helped establish in 1969.