Annual Book Award

Key Dates:

  • Date and Time (TBA) – Application Deadline
  • Date and Time (TBA) – Selection Decision Deadline
  • Winner will be recognized at the Black History Month Keynote Address

Book Award Details:

  • The recipient will receive a $1,000 Book Award to cover the costs associated with purchasing books and supplies for two academic years
  • $250 will be payable for four semesters beginning
  • In the first month of each semester, Book Awards will be deposited in the recipient’s University Bursar account to be used for the sole purpose of purchasing books and supplies
  • Awards each semester are contingent upon the recipient maintaining academic eligibility as a UCO student

Book Award Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be an African American UCO student
  • Applicants must be a current sophomore or junior UCO student
  • Applicants must have declared a major wiht 9 credit hours taken in their major

How to Apply:

  • To be considered, students must provide three(3) copies of the documentation below:
    • A completed AAFSA Book Award Applicant Contact Information form
    • A completed AAFSA Book Award application form
    • A current UCO academic transcript (may be official or unofficial)
    • A current UCO student involvement and/or volunteer transcript (optional, see application)
  • Submit the documentation electronically, through campus mail, or by hand delivering to:
    • Dr. Jeanetta D. Simms, AAFSA Student Awards & Recognition Chair, Associate Professor and Transformative Learning Scholar, Marketing Department, College of Business, Box 115
    • Email:jsims7@uco.edu   Office Phone: 405-974-2805  Office Location: Business Bldg, 103
    • Or: Hand deliver to Carrie Enterline, Adm. Asst., Office Location: College of Business, 227
  • Materials may be submitted separately; however all documentation must be received by Dr. Sims no later than noon on the Application Deadline date. Materials submitted past the deadline or applications with incomplete documentation will not be considered.

About the Book Award Criteria: 

The AAFSA Book Award, funded by the AAFSA General Fund, is designed to recognize and assist a current UCO student in defraying the costs associated with purchasing textbooks to complete their degree. The Book Award recipient will be an African American UCO student who has demonstrated the following criteria: (1) financial need, (2) active participation in the UCO community, and (3) an appreciation for the heritage of African American culture.

About AAFSA:

Established as a university-approved organization in 2005, the African American Faculty/Staff Association continues to thrive in fulfilling its mission to serve as an advocate for education equity and to assist in meeting the professional needs of its members. The AAFSA General Fund was established in November 2009 to provide financial support for aarding student scholarships and supporting the programs and activities of the Association.