Delta State University is seeking nominations for the Lucy Somerville Howorth Outstanding Woman of the Delta Award.
The Lucy Award was established in 1996 by Judge Lucy Somerville Howorth, a lifelong fighter for the civil rights of women and minorities in order to recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of women in the Mississippi Delta.
The nominee must be from the Mississippi Delta or currently living in the Mississippi Delta and should be a woman who has used her talents for the betterment of this community.
To nominate an outstanding woman for this award, please provide a letter, not to exceed two (2) pages, outlining how the nominee has made contributions to society that have been recognized at a local, state, or national level.
Examples of “Contributions to Society” can include, but are not limited to examples of community service that enrich the lives of those in the Delta, diligent efforts to encourage education among girls and women, a demonstration of passion and drive for equity and for the advancement and political enlightenment of women.
Posthumous nominations will be accepted.
It is hoped that the winner of the award willdonate her papers and/or manuscript materials relating to her life and her accomplishments to the Delta State University Archives.
A likeness of the Outstanding Woman will be obtained or commissioned and hung in the Howorth Seminar Room alongside the portraits of past awardees Keith Dockery McLean, Emma Lytle, Mae Bertha Carter, and Franke Keating.
The winner of the award, or a representative from her family, will attend a special presentation recognizing her contributions, to be held in the fall of 2009 at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum on the campus of Delta State University.
To request a nomination form, or for more information, please call (662)846.4780 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is March 31. All nominations must be in writing and mailed to: Howorth Award, DSU Box 3137, Cleveland, MS 38733.