About the Foundation

 

The Aquilina Howell Foundation is an initiative of Florida Landmarks and The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History and Culture, Inc., a public charitable 501©3 nonprofit organization.

 

On May 26, 2016, the Howell Foundation hosted its first annual Aquilina C. Howell Dinner, designed to raise funds for students attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Those eligible to receive the $1,000.00 Howell Scholarship include a Leon County High School senior or graduate; Tallahassee Community College transfer student; or Florida A&M University undergraduate students, majoring in the areas of African-American Studies, Education, History, the Social Sciences, Humanities or Political Science.

Aquilina Casañas Howell, born in her grandfather’s two-story, frame vernacular home in 1917 (now a National Historic Landmark) would become the most revered African-American educator in the history of the city of Tallahassee, FL. Having a knack for mending fences, and crafting valuable relationships, her invaluable ability to bring opposing sides together would be the catalyst for desegregating the Leon County School System. Throughout her professional career, Howell served as a teacher, guidance counselor, Supervisor of Negro Schools, Supervisor of Curriculum Guidance, Director of Secondary Education and the first woman to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

 

Howell valued public education, served on numerous government and community advisory boards, led the way for the creation of the parks, and public library, saved historic buildings from demolition, successfully petitioned the Tallahassee City Commission to take over the African-American community (Greenwood) Cemetery, and was a fierce advocate on the behalf of children and minorities.

 

The intent of the Aquilina Howell Foundation, is to continue the life works, and legacy of the late educator/activist, while providing scholarships to deserving education majors attending the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. 

Howell Educational Scholarship

Florida A&M University

 

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This $1,000.00 annual scholarship honors late educator and integration pioneer Aquilina Howell. Howell smoothed the transition to a desegregated school system in Leon County, Florida. She earned an undergraduate degree in Social Studies, English, and Spanish from Florida A&M University in 1938. The Howell Scholarship will be awarded to Florida A&M University undergraduate students, majoring in the areas of African-American Studies, Education, History, the Social Sciences, Humanities or Political Science.

 

The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. recognizes the challenges that lay ahead in keeping the African-American story alive, and the dreams of our forefathers personified. This is why annually, NAPAAHC will award educational scholarships to outstanding students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.