Available Scholarships and Awards

History Club Paper Competition Guidelines

  1. Papers submitted may concern any historical topic, but must substantially utilize historical methodology. The paper must be twelve to fifteen pages in length (not including title page, endnotes, or bibliography). It must be typed, double spaced, and include endnotes and a bibliography that conform to the Chicago Manual of Style or Kate Turabian's Guide to Writers.
  2. The writer's name, address, and telephone number must be listed only on the title page.
  3. Three copies of each paper must be submitted to the History Club advisor before February 1.

Judging will be the responsibility of a special committee of three history department members, one an Americanist, one a European specialist, and one "third world". Their selections will be based on how well the papers meet these criteria: coverage of a well-defined topic or thesis, writing style, originality, use of sources, overall quality.

  • The winning undergraduate writer will receive The Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award, and a $100 prize.
  • The winning graduate student writer will receive The Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award, and a $100 prize.

The Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award & 

The Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

If you wish to compete for the The Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award or The Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award, and believe you meet the qualifications, please write a letter addressed to The Department of History Awards Committee, and submit them to Jan Ridgway, the Department Manager, in TLC 3200 no later than February 1. The letter should be limited to one page, and should summarize your qualifications for the award for which you are applying. Please include an address, and telephone number.

If you apply for more than one award, please prepare separate and specific letters for each application. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This scholarship shall be awarded annually by a Committee appointed by the Chairman of the University of West Georgia Department of History.

The amount of the annual award varies. In awarding, the following criteria shall be applied. The Scholarship shall be designated for a rising junior or senior with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA) who is majoring in History. Preference may be given to students who are residents of the State of Georgia, working toward a B.A. or B.S.Ed. in History, and who demonstrate financial need.

If you wish to apply for the W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, and believe you meet the qualifications, please write a letter addressed to The Department of History Awards Committee, and submit them to Jan Ridgway, the Department Manager, in TLC 3200 no later than February 1. The letter should be limited to one page, and should summarize your qualifications for the award for which you are applying. Please include an address, and telephone number.

 If you apply for more than one award, please prepare separate and specific letters for each application. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

Do you have a great research paper on Georgia history?

In 1978, Elizabeth L. Parker, long time Registrar and member of the University of West Georgia's Department of History, provided funds for an award for the best student research paper on Georgia history. Miss Parker's award was motivated by her loyalty to the University of West Georgia and her interest in the state's history. A Department of History committee determined that the award should be $100 and a certificate.

Any UWG student may submit a paper on a topic involving Georgia history. It should be between ten and thirty typed, double-spaced pages, and should utilize Turabian's Manual in respect to style.

 If you wish to apply for The Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing, and believe you meet the qualifications, please write a letter addressed to The Department of History Awards Committee, and submit them to Jan Ridgway, the Department Manager, in TLC 3200 no later than February 1. The letter should be limited to one page, and should summarize your qualifications for the award for which you are applying. Please include an address, and telephone number.

 If you apply for more than one award, please prepare separate and specific letters for each application. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This memorial scholarship fund is in memory of Vachel Davis Whatley, Sr., a prominent educator in Carroll County, who believed that by a thorough study of history, nations could avoid making the same mistakes as their forebears and the quality of life for subsequent generations could be vastly improved.

The recipient must be a Sophomore, who has declared a History major at the University of West Georgia, and who intends to pursue a four-year curriculum at the University of West Georgia, graduating with a BA Degree with a major in History. Those persons empowered to select a recipient, shall give equal consideration to qualified and eligible students from Polk and Carroll Counties for selections as recipient of the scholarship. If no student is selected from one of these two counties, an eligible and qualified student from Troup County may be selected. If no student is selected from the above counties, an eligible and qualified student who is a resident of any county in the State of Georgia, may be selected.

To qualify for the scholarship the recipient shall be selected in the manner, or process, established by the Foundation in making awards of merit and based on scholarship achievement while a student at the University of West Georgia. Financial need may be given due consideration. The Chair of the Department of History shall appoint a committee to select the recipient.

If you wish to apply for the Vachel Davis Whatley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, and believe you meet the qualifications, please write a letter addressed to The Department of History Awards Committee, and submit them to Jan Ridgway, the Department Manager, in TLC 3200 no later than February 1. The letter should be limited to one page, and should summarize your qualifications for the award for which you are applying. Please include an address, and telephone number.

 If you apply for more than one award, please prepare separate and specific letters for each application. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

The Abraham Baldwin Chapter of the NSDAR American History Award shall be made annually by a committee established by the Department of History. The minimum amount of the award shall be $125.00.

 In awarding, the following criteria shall be applied:

The award shall be designated for a UWG non-traditional female pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a concentration in American History. The recipient must be a rising senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 If you wish to apply for the The Abraham Baldwin Chapter of the NSDAR American History Award, and believe you meet the qualifications, please write a letter addressed to The Department of History Awards Committee, and submit them to Jan Ridgway, the Department Manager, in TLC 3200 no later than February 1. The letter should be limited to one page, and should summarize your qualifications for the award for which you are applying. Please include an address, and telephone number.

 If you apply for more than one award, please prepare separate and specific letters for each application. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

The Kennedy Graduate Award of Excellence was established by W. Benjamin Kennedy, Professor Emeritus of History.

The award is for M.A. graduate students majoring in history who are taking classes at the University of West Georgia. The award is a cash prize of $250, and should be given to the recipient at the annual Honors Day/Phi Alpha Theta ceremony.  The recipient is chosen by the Department of History Awards Committee.

To qualify for the award, the student must meet the following:

  • Be a regularly admitted history student in the Masters of Arts program.
  • Have completed at least nine (9) of the thirty-six semester hours required for the degree.
  • Be nominated by a member of the graduate faculty in the history department.
  • Have satisfied the cultural and global literacy requirement for the Masters of Arts in History.
  • Show evidence of excellence in history graduate work through grades in courses, participation in internships, research and writing, or such criteria as the History Awards committee thinks fit.
  • Receive a vote of support from the History Graduate Studies committee and a recommendation from the Graduate Studies Coordinator.
  • Be confirmed by members of the departmental Awards Committee.  
  • If there is no suitable candidate for the award in a given year the award money may be rolled over to be added to the award in the year to follow.
  • Graduate students who have graduated in the summer or fall semester immediately prior to the awards ceremony are eligible for the award.

 If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

The Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Award was established in 2001 in recognition of Mr. Fitz-Simons’s commitment to community outreach during his tenure teaching at the University of West Georgia.

He lectured extensively in the community about topics related to Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era and participated in the Georgia Political Heritage Project and local history programs.

This award is presented annually to recognize a graduate or undergraduate history student who demonstrates excellence in the field of public history through scholarship and service activities. Undergraduate students should be a junior or senior majoring in history. All recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

History faculty should submit nominations for the Fitz-Simons Public History Award to the Public History Coordinator no later than February 1 of each year. The recipient will receive an award of $50, and their name will be engraved on a plaque to be housed in the Department of History. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This award was established by Robert H. Claxton, professor emeritus of history,

This award is designated to an undergraduate history major with a 3.0 or better grade point who is seeking (or planning to seek) teacher certification and who has an interest in one or more of the world fields of study.   While the amount of award varies, the recipient is chosen by the Department of History Awards Committee. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This scholarship will annually provide $1,200 to a meritorious History major. 

The Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship was established in order to promote and support the study of the history of the United States at UWG; to provide financial assistance to UWG students pursuing a degree in American History; and to honor the Casimir Pulaski Chapter SAR and its membership (past, present, and future) for their efforts in the perpetuation of the study of the history of our nation.  

To qualify for the award, the student must meet the following:

  1. The recipient(s) must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in history;
  2. The recipient(s) must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better;
  3. Preference will be given to students whose research focus is American history;
  4. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The scholarship is awarded by the Department of History Awards Committee. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This award was established by Mr. David Champa, former student.  

The award is presented to a graduate student who has completed a thesis and been nominated by the Department of History faculty. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This award was established as a memorial to Thomas A. Herndon, a 1939 graduate.

The award is presented to a History major who has exhibited outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, civic leadership, and participation in the social and political sciences as exemplified by the late Thomas Herndon, and is awarded by the Department of History Awards Committee. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This award is established by Mrs. W. Steve Worthy and Dr. Peter T. Worthy.

The scholarship is awarded to a diligent student majoring in History despite adversity and financial difficulties. The scholarship is awarded every 2 years by the Department of History Awards Committee. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

This scholarship has been established by Ms. Arden Williams, an alumnus of our programs (1998 and 2002), as a tribute to her son, Daniel “Danny” Adam Williams.

Danny at work

The scholarship is intended for a non-traditional public history student who needs assistance with the cost of returning to school.

Danny (7/27/83-7/20/16) passed away in a work-related accident off the coast of Georgia (near Tybee Island) in 2016. Danny had worked on tugboats for seven years at the time of his accident. As a child, his mother would often take him with her to classes at UWG. Those were some of his fondest memories and he mentioned shortly before his death that when he returned to school it would be to the University of West Georgia .

Arden worked for Delta Air Lines for 23 years. Towards the end of her airline career she decided to return to college for her undergrad degree as a non-traditional student. She completed her undergrad work in history in 1998 about the time she met Dr. Ann McCleary who was starting the Center for Public History. She decided to continue on at UWG in Dr. McCleary’s graduate program in public history. Completing the program in 2002, she changed careers and began work at the Georgia Humanities (Council).

Recipients will be selected by Dr. Ann McCleary, Director of the Center for Public History. If at all possible, the recipient should attend the awards ceremony where the award of excellence will be announced.

Award Winners

David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Daniel Williams

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Laurel Durham

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Larry Stephens

Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Richard Foster

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Cody Doegg

Vachel Davis Whatley Sr. Scholarship

Allison Horton

Abraham Baldwin Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Scholarship

Christa McNabb

Kennedy History Graduate Award for Excellence

Megan Groninger

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Kamilah McElwee

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Amanda Pack

Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship

Grant Hacherl

Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship

Emily Harrington

Cita Cook History Award

Ryan McAnally

Steve Worthy Presidential Scholarship

Hilary Parker

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

Emily Harrington, Sarah Hightower, Robert Hunnicutt, Antoinette Nash, Amanda Pack, Ashley Pate, Caroline Rink, Serenity Ruiz, Jenna Smith, Larry Stephens

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Molly McCullers

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Kaitlin Costley, for her Senior Seminar paper "Lovina Witherell: 'A Case of Remediless Lunacy' in Early 19th Century Massachusetts."    

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Ryan McAnally for his paper "The Sixth Vial: The Birth of Evangelical Anti-Jacobinism in an Atlantic Age"

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Laurel Durham

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Malcolm Unvala for his Senior Seminar paper on alcohol regulation in Georgia from 1933-1939 

Vachel Davis Whatley Scholarship

Grant Hacherl

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Heather Rodriguez

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Ryan McAnally

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Dustin Klein 

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Kaitlin Costley

Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship

Adam Holley

Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship

Layla Reeves

Cita Cook Thesis Award

Brian Boyette for his M.A. Thesis "God and Morality in the Ancient World: Josephus' View of the Role of the Divine in History."

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees:

David Danaiels, Richard Foster, Heather Rodriguez and Brooke Spencer

2013-2014

David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching:

Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Amanda McCrina

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Keri Adams

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Kaitlin Costley

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award

Jared Wright

Vachel Davis Whatley Scholarship

Richard Foster

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of theAmerican Revolution American History Award:

Chanell Lowery

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence:

Jesse Cucksee

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award:

April Carlson and Jared Wright

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award:

Cody Doegg

The Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship:

Laurel Durham

Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship:

J. Blake Doss

Cita Cook History Award:

Michael Epanchin & Nathan Michalewicz

W. Steve Worthy Presidential Scholarship:

Shanice Stanton

2012-2013

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching:

Dr. Nadejda Popov

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award:

Ryan McAnally

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award:

Jesse Cucksee

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship:

Cody Doegg

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award:

Andrew Carter

Vachel Davis Whatley Scholarship:

John Doss

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of theAmerican Revolution American History Award:

Doris Sudduth

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence:

Nathan Michalewicz

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award:

Andrew Carter

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award:

Ryan McAnally

Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship:

Kandara Murphy

Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship:

Lacey Head

Cita Cook History Award:

Dan Cone

Emeritus Faculty Award:

Cecilie Fowler

2010-2011

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Keith Hebert 

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Kevin Walls, for his paper The My Lai Massacre      

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Will Avery, for his paper Lyrics of Labor: Gastonia, 1929

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Charles Lott, Jr

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Dusty Marie Dye, for her paper "To be Buried in a Decent, Christian-Like Manner:" Funerals in Colonial Georgia, 1733-1763 

Vachel Davis Whatley Scholarship

Ryan McAnally

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Kristen Griffen

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Amanda Jirka  

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Dusty Marie Dye 

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Stephanie N. Thomas

Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship

Cecilie Nichole Fowler

Phi Alpha Theta Inductees:

Sara K. Berry, ZeKeyshia Cannon, Guy S. Fullerton, Jr., Michael Haigwood Goodroe, Kristen L. Griffin, Robert C Huiet, Jason T. Kennedy, Candice H. Larson, Charles A. Lott, Tiffany L. Luoma, Lauren Miller, Nicholas Oster, Kyle Owenby, Jennifer M. Reid, Christopher Rosser

2009-2010

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Charles Lipp

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Ande Gibbs      

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Dusty Dye

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Kyle McCarty

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

J. Steven Eubanks

Whatley Scholarship

Kristen Griffen

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Katie Maginn

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Robert Glaze

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Carla Ledgerwood

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Calantha Foley

Bryson Award

Joseph Benefield

Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship

Bethany Pruitt

2008-2009

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Dan Williams

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Amanda Jirka      

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

David Champa

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Heather Jones

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Carla Ledgerwood

Whatley Scholarship

Stephanie Thomas

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Paige Sherman

 Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Jonathan Awtrey

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Richard Primuth

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Amanda Jirka

2007-2008

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Cita Cook

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award   

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Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

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W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

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Whatley Scholarship

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Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

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Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

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Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

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Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

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2006-2007

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Keith Pacholl 

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Joshua Swatts     

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Catherine Hendricks

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tiffany Harris

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

William Nesbitt, Jr.

Whatley Scholarship

Jacob Sheridan

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Teresa Perdue

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

William (Billy) Willey

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Catherine Hendricks

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Joshua Swatts

2005-2006

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Michael De Nie

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Tim Lumley     

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Melissa Stock

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jessica MacNeill

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Melissa Stock

Whatley Scholarship

Tiffany Harris

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Mary Swinchatt

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Melissa Stock

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Trevor Lanier

Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

Donna Hamil

2004-2005

J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

Dr. Timothy Schroer

Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award

Reba Cox

Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

Billy Willey

W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Christina Tacoronti

Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

Scott Wilson

Whatley Scholarship

Katie Boone

Abraham Baldwin Chapter of The National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Award

Debi Rogers

Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

Matthew Ellis

Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

Kristin N. Patterson

Presented at the Honors Convocation:

Herndon Award

Lindsey Eidson

Bryson Prize

not awarded this year

Wirsing Scholarship

not awarded this year