WASHINGTON (November 4, 2013) – Howard University junior and Cincinnati-native Kiah Clingman was named the first-ever Alva Powell Scholarship recipient in October displaying academic excellence, community service and leadership skills.
“This scholarship not only represents a financial award,” Clingman said. “It represents a phenomenal woman and a sisterhood with the courage to remember her legacy.”
The late Alva Powell, originally born in Savannah, Ga., and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., attended Howard University in the 1980s. To remember Powell’s legacy, a scholarship fund was named in her honor to reward extraordinary women whose qualities and actions empower others and make a difference in the community.
“I know that I will continue to live out Alva Clare Powell’s legacy throughout my entire life,” said Clingman, who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta. “When the presentation was being made, I felt spiritually connected to Alva Powell. I admire her tenacity to keep striving to serve even when she was sick.”
Clingman studies advertising and theater arts, aspires to change the perception of African Americans in the entertainment industry. “Howard University has changed my outlook on the African-American race and has taught me to take pride in who I am,” she said. “I have learned to value my self-worth and I thank Howard.”
Clingman attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati. She will be receiving $2,200 in scholarship money.