The purposes of the fund is to provide support for academic research or travel for research; to encourage study of African American history; and to motivate students to a high level of academic work.
Criteria for Award:
The award will be based on academic excellence, with weight given to financial need. The recipient must be an undergraduate major or minor in African American Studies or a graduate student in History with an emphasis on African American History. One award will be given out, on a competitive basis, during the spring semester of each year.
Students applying for this award must present a proposal for a research or travel project that can be completed over the summer and must present a report, verbal or written, as designated at the time of the award.
Students may apply for and receive this award in succeeding years. Students who apply for this award may not apply for the Grace Jordan McFadden Fellowship in the same year
Dr. Thomas Terrill
Professor Terrill came to USC in 1966 with a PhD in American History with an emphasis in African History and African Studies. Out of his research interest in the history of the South, he co-authored The American South: A History (1991) which reflects the place of African Americans have had and continue to have at the center of Southern History.
Committed to making history as accessible as ppossible, Terrill has done extensive, in-depth work with film and television. He has served as a historian for a number of feature and documentary films on the South as well as television series and a television-based course, The American South Comes of Age.
As a member of the African American Studies Committee, Terrell served as an advisor to the AFS Program as well as Interim Director.
Once in a great while, someone moves through the halls of academia, reshaping our understanding of citizenship and leaving behind a legacy that continues to change minds and enlighten hearts into the future. Terrell was such a one. A strong supporter of public education and equal opportunity, he taught USC's first course in African American Studies and helped develop the plans for the African American Studies Program as USC.
It is to honor this legacy and keep alive Professor Terrill's splended example of scholarship and service that the Thomas Terrill Scholarship was created.