Diane P. Ables was honored by Operation Sisters United, a program of the National Council of Negro Women, for her work in OSU's counseling program for teen-age girls.

"Diane was an intern with us while she worked toward her master's degree at the University of the District of Columbia," said OSU Director Eleanor Cox, "and she went way beyond the call of duty" in caring for the four girls in her charge. After one of the girls attempted suicide, Cox said, Ables spent Christmas in her hospital room.

Ables, a native of Washington, has worked at the Federal Aviation Administration for 19 years as a publications specialist.

"It's been a challenge," Ables said of the OSU project, adding that she would like to continue counseling, especially with adolescents and families.

"The reward was that I came to realize some things I had taken for granted," she said. "Everyone needs to be loved and to be appreciated." Fellowships Awarded

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded its annual fellowships, including four to Washingtonians.

Ann H. Hulbert, a senior editor at the New Republic, will pursue the topic, "Jean Stafford: A Critical and Cultural Portrait." Stafford, who died in 1979, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1970 for her "Collected Stories."

Janet Oppenheim, an associate professor of history at American University, will study "A History of a Medical Phenomenon in Victorian England." Oppenheim is interested in the occurrence and treatment of what were referred to in the Victorian era as "functional nervous disorders," which Oppenheim believes describes nervous breakdowns.

David Walsh, an assistant professor of politics at Catholic University, will study "The Recovery of the Transcendent Foundation of Politics." Walsh said that he will look at modern thinkers' roles "in the recovery of the spiritual and moral foundations of modern politics."

Charles Griswold Jr. of Howard University will study "Adam Smith on the 'Subject' of Political Economy."