Roosevelt Fitzgerald Outstanding Student Award

The UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage (APAH) is accepting nominations for the Roosevelt Fitzgerald

Outstanding Student Award in Academic Achievement, extracurricular activities and Leadership roles at UNLV.

This award is presented to students of African heritage in good standing, based on academic performance, campus leadership, and extracurricular activities at UNLV. The awards will be presented during the 32nd Annual APAH Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 6:30 PM, in UNLV Student Union Ballroom. The recipient(s) will receive a UNLV Book Award.

Complete the online nominator’s form for any UNLV student of African heritage whom you believe warrants this high distinction. Please ask any student you nominate to complete the nominee’s portion of this application. If you have any questions, address your concerns to Dr. Esther Langston, Chair of the Roosevelt Fitzgerald Award Committee, at The deadline to submit all forms is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018.


Professor Roosevelt Fitzgerald

Roosevelt Fitzgerald served the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Las Vegas community as a lecturer, Chair of the Anthropology Department and as Director of the Ethnic Studies Program. For all those who knew and loved him, he will always be remembered as “Fitz”. Professor Fitzgerald joined UNLV’s Anthropology Department in 1971, and retired in May of 1996.

Born on April 14, 1941, in Natchez, Mississippi, Roosevelt “Fitz” Fitzgerald grew up attending Catholic school in the Jim Crow era of the South. He received his bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University in 1963 and his master’s degree from Notre Dame University in 1968. Professor Fitzgerald often related his story of a black man attending an Ivy League school to push for national desegregation.

Professor Fitzgerald loved teaching African-American history and took an interest in the roles African-Americans played in Nevada. “Fitz” became well known as a researcher and writer of the history of the black experience in Las Vegas. In addition to his academic writing, he wrote a column on Black History for the Sentinel-Voice newspaper in Las Vegas.

After an extended illness, “Fitz” died in October 1996. Professor Fitzgerald left a living legacy at UNLV and in Las Vegas through his vigorous promotion of excellence in academic pursuits.

The UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage honors Professor Fitzgerald’s promotion of academic excellence with the Roosevelt Fitzgerald Outstanding Student Award in Academic Achievement and Leadership.