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African American Studies
University of Mississippi


The Elmo Howell Scholarship provides funds for full-time College students from Itawamba County who have financial need and an academic interest in Southern history or Southern literature, which may includes majors in African American Studies, English, history, and Southern Studies. Students do not apply for this scholarship.

Elmo Howell (1918-2013) earned his BA in English from the University of Mississippi, then went on to earn his MA and PhD in English from the University of Florida.  He taught English for two years at Jacksonville State College and then for 26 years at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis).  He wrote scholarly articles, particularly on the interconnections between literature and Southern culture, travel guides to Mississippi, and collections of poetry.