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Springfield Museums Seek Nominees for Ubora, Ahadi Awards

SPRINGFIELD — The African Hall subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 25th annual Ubora Award and the seventh annual Ahadi Youth Award.

The African Hall subcommittee is a volunteer group comprising educators, business people, and community leaders from the African-American community. The nomination deadline for both awards is March 31. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Springfield Museums in September.

The Ubora Award is presented to an African-American adult who has demonstrated a commitment to the Greater Springfield area and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities, or the arts. The Swahili word ‘ubora’ means ‘excellence.’

Named for the Swahili word for ‘promise,’ the Ahadi Youth Award is presented to a young African-American who has excelled in academics and performed admirable service to the Greater Springfield community. Eligible candidates must be age 19 or younger, live in or have strong ties to the Greater Springfield area, and be currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12. The Ahadi Award is not a scholarship and does not include a monetary award.

Nomination forms can be downloaded by visiting springfieldmuseums.org/ubora. Nominations may be e-mailed to Valerie Cavagni at [email protected] or mailed to African Hall Subcommittee, c/o Valerie Cavagni, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103. For additional information, call (413) 263-6800, ext. 325, or e-mail [email protected].

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