Doris Hoskins and John Lee Johnson Community Linkage Award

Nomination Form
Support Document

Doris Wylie-Hoskins (1911-2004) was a native of Champaign, Illinois. This award recognizes Mrs. Hoskins’ role in the Champaign-Urbana community. A devoted wife and mother, Hoskins also spent 25 years in personnel services at the University of Illinois in Urbana; she was a community volunteer, a volunteer at Mathew House 18, in the Provena Covenant Hospital Auxiliary, the PTA, the Urbana Board of Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and the Urbana Park District Advisory Committee. Hoskins joined a task force of the Early American Museum, investigating the history of African-Americans in Champaign County, and edited Through The Years, a related quarterly publication. At African American Studies Mrs. Hoskins helped develop an exhibit on the subject and was named a Program Affiliate.

John Lee Johnson (1941-2006) was a native of the Urbana-Champaign community. He was instrumental in creating the first Black Student Association (BSA) at the Urbana campus and helped to organize Project 500 bringing over 500 new African American students to UIUC. He was a fifteen-year member of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, a former member of the Champaign City Council and founding member of the People Poverty Board, an organization partnering the black community and the university to address social issues.


This award was established to honor the contributions of Doris Hoskins and John Lee Johnson to the Champaign-Urbana community. The purpose of the award is to recognize the outstanding service, leadership, and innovation of a UIUC student to improving the campus or broader community with respect to issues around racial equity and social justice.


In order to be eligible for this award a student must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be in good standing (i.e., not on academic probation).
  • The student must demonstrate outstanding service or leadership in a campus or local organization; this service must center on a social issue(s) concerning African Americans.
  • The student must have been active in this organization/agency over the past year.
  • The application must include a resume and a statement by the student about their own community service.
  • The application must include a statement of support from someone in a leadership position in the campus or community based organization/agency.
  • Students may self-nominate or can be nominated by another student, faculty, administrator, or someone in a leadership position in an organization/agency.

Selection Process

The application information is available online at and in African American Studies main office. Completed application material is due on or before
5pm on March 30, 2018
, to Shirley Olson, Assistant to the Head (1201 W. Nevada St.). The Awards Committee reviews the applications and makes a recommendation to African American Studies core faculty based on the above criteria. One student recipient is selected after careful consideration of the Committee’s recommendation. The committee reserves the right not to give an award in any given year.


The award winner will be announced at a reception in late April. The recipient will receive a personalized award , recognition at the reception, and the recipient’s name will be placed on a plaque displayed in the African American Studies conference room.

For Additional Information:

Dr. Desiree Y. McMillion,, 217-333-7781
1201 W. Nevada St., MC-143, Urbana, IL 61801

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