Hiram College has a rich history of distinguished and accomplished African-American alumni. In 2010, to celebrate the contributions of The Alliance of Black Consciousness (ABC) and its successor organization, The African American Students United (AASU), the Frank J.P. Hemphill Hall of Fame was established.
Named in honor of Hiram College staff member, Frank J.P. Hemphill for his more than 40 years of commitment and service to the African-American and broader community, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize outstanding alumni in such areas as leadership, service, philanthropy, and significant personal and professional achievement. Founded under the leadership of the 2010 AASU President, Willis Mitchell '10, and in collaboration with The Office of Alumni Relations and The Office of Ethnic Diversity Affairs, the Hall of Fame seeks to honor those alumni who uphold the mission of Hiram College and sustain the legacy and mission of ABC/AASU.
Listed below is a breakdown, by category, of awards that may be given on a yearly basis.
"Unsung Hero” Award
The award is designed to recognize and honor the "unsung hero" who has quietly dedicated a lifetime to the betterment of his/her community, and in doing so, has demonstrated a long-term interest, commitment, or involvement in one or more areas such as community service, community development, mentoring, volunteerism, philanthropy, civic engagement, education, social services, or religion. It is not necessary for the successful candidate to qualify based on career achievements.
The award is intended for the more mature Hiram graduate, someone who graduated about 25 or more years ago.
Diversity & Inclusion Award
This award is designed to recognize and honor a Hiram graduate who has dedicated significant leadership in the area of diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism. Through professional and personal pursuits, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to advancing issues and causes that affect and enhance the quality of life of people of color.
Young Professional Leadership Award
The Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes a Hiram graduate who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession and leadership within the community. The ideal recipient will be an involved leader within his or her community and will have embarked on offering guidance and mentoring to youth and others. While there are no specific age qualifications, as the name of the award would indicate, candidates should at least have embarked on their career path within the last ten years.
Lifelong Achievement and Distinguished Service Award
The Lifelong Achievement Award recognizes a Hiram graduate who has made outstanding lifelong contributions to his/her community and in their profession. This individual serves as an exemplary role model who, through their legacy of leadership and service, has upheld the mission of Hiram College. Ideally, this individual will have made a significant investment in the Hiram community through philanthropy, leadership, and service.
Click here to view the list of inductees.
Click here to make a nomination.