Now in Its Third Year, the $5000 ASA Hilliard Lifelong Learning Scholarship by Road Scholar/ Elderhostel is Being Offered to Applicants

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Elderhostel/Road Scholar announces the third annual Asa G. Hilliard Scholarship for Lifelong Learning. The $5000 award is open to experienced educators, faculty at Historically Black Colleges or Universities, professors of African American studies, or supporters of lifelong learning. The scholarship provides an opportunity to experience an Elderhostel/Road Scholar program anywhere in the world.

Elderhostel is pleased to announce the third annual Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning. The 2010 Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning is now open to applicants and will be presented this year at the 2010 annual conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) to be held in November (2010) in Fort Worth, Texas.

The $5,000 award is named in honor of the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian and psychologist, who is an icon for his advocacy of the importance of African history, culture and influence; for his global contributions to education; and for his special affinity for conducting study tours to Egypt for thousands of travelers.

Elderhostel (Road Scholar) awards this scholarship annually to an educator with at least 10 years of experience in education, who is a member of NABSE; a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); is on the faculty of a Historically Black College or University; is a professor of African American studies; or is a supporter of lifelong learning. The scholarship provides an opportunity to experience an Road Scholar program anywhere in the world.

Applicants are asked to write an essay focused on the importance of lifelong learning to the African American community and to describe the ways in which they will utilize their educational adventure with Road Scholar to make a difference in their communities. The 2009 award was presented to Mr. Robert Hayden, president of the Martha’s Vineyard branch of ASALH and the 2008 award was presented to Patricia Payne, director of the Indianapolis Public Schools Crispus Attucks Center.

The Asa Grant Hilliard III Scholarship Award for Lifelong Learning is part of a national outreach initiative Elderhostel launched to build awareness of its educational programs in the African American community. For more information on how to apply for the scholarship, please visit

Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Our mission is to empower adults to explore the world’s places, peoples, cultures and ideas, and in so doing to discover more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Road Scholar experience.

Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse and warm camaraderie. In a world that seems to shrink smaller by the day because of technology, we believe that true insight and understanding are still sparked by hands-on experience and open discussions that stimulate the senses, energize the body and challenge the mind. We are committed to continually developing new program destinations, topics and formats to reflect the shifting realities and emerging trends of our ever-changing world.


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