A Freedom Scholar seeks to empower and inspire. A Freedom Scholar provides a direct benefit to African-American communities locally or nationally. ASALH has initiated the Freedom Scholar award to honor early career scholars in any discipline who can demonstrate that their work is having a direct positive impact on the life of African-Americans. The Freedom Scholar Award recognizes the contributions of an early career academic whose scholarship focuses on the empowerment of the African-American community. Applicants and nominees must be within ten (10) years of receipt of their terminal degree.

2019
Tiffany G. B. Packer
Sarah Lewis

2019 is the inaugural year for this award.