Temitope Owoeye is the recent recipient of the James H. Ashby Jr. Award of Excellence, an award established this year in memory of James (Jim) Hubert Ashby Jr., a devoted husband, father, brother, son and friend who died suddenly on Nov. 27, 2009, in Randallstown, Md.?

Jim received his early education in the public and parochial schools of Cumberland, graduating in 1971 from Fort Hill High School where he played football. Upon completing high school, Jim attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he pledged Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. He later returned to Morgan and earned a master’s in sociology in 1989.

To honor Jim’s memory, the family presented the first annual award to Temitope Awoeye, the highest ranking male graduating senior receiving a bachelor’s degree in social work from Morgan State University who is continuing on with graduate studies. Temitope, was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, and migrated to the United States in 2001.