This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards, established in 1989 by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). The awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending Triangle-area universities to help them conduct summer-long documentary fieldwork projects. Student applicants should demonstrate an interest in documentary studies and possess the talent and skills necessary to conduct an intensive documentary project. These skills may include oral history, photography, film/video, nonfiction or creative writing, audio, or active interest in community service programs.