Samantha Manaway

Human Development and Family Studies MS

Samantha Manaway is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She attended The University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in child and family sciences. While at USM, Sam was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Lambda Theta chapter, and she served as the President, Vice President, Step Master, and NPHC Delegate and Vice President of Judicial Affairs of the National Panhellenic Council. She also served as Parliamentarian of Women’s Empowerment, KKPsi Honorary Band Fraternity Secretary, Golden Eagle Welcome Week Mentor, Executive Board Member,  Academic Mentor for Resident Life, and as a member of the 2020 McNair Scholars Cohort. In 2020, Sam was Sorority Woman of the Year.


Now, at The University of Alabama, Sam is pursuing a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked alongside the Dean of Students as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Care and Well-being, and she currently serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Financial Aid. Sam is also now a member of the Beta Eta Zeta Graduate Chapter in Tuscaloosa. She was a recipient of McNair Scholars Tuition at UA, and has been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Carl A. Elliot Society. In the future, Sam hopes to become one of the few licensed African American Marriage and Family Therapists in the nation.

A fun fact about Sam is that she represented her chapter as a Centennial Stepper at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.