These awards are presented annually to the outstanding students from academic disciplines in the Humanities. Recipients must have a declared major in the field of the award, superior academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, potential for development in the respective academic discipline and active involvement in extracurricular activities. The award was established in memory of the late Bailey Gordon Watson, first head of the English Program at West Georgia.

Recipients:

  • 2020: Nathan Azarowicz
  • 2019: Avery Stanley
  • 2018: West Poindexter
  • 2017: Maria Constanza Garrido Sierralta
  • 2016: Alex Clark
  • 2015: Jessica Holloman
  • 2014: Annthony Duffey
  • 2013: Joshua Moore
  • 2012: Savannah Bergevine
  • 2011: Kevin King
  • 2010: Alice Barker
  • 2009: Philip Brewer
  • 2008: Charles Bauch
  • 2007: David Ellis
  • 2006: Michelle Fellows
  • 2005: Michelle Fellows
  • 2004: Nicole Walker
  • 2003: Melissa Reeves
  • 2002: Melissa Reeves
  • 2001: Brooks Edwards
  • 2000: Carla Willis

This scholarship was established by the members of Liberty Christian Church in honor of Burdett and Shirley Wantland's dedicated leadership of the church and their service to the University of West Georgia. It is awarded to a junior or senior philosophy major with religion emphasis who has a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.

Recipients:

  • 2020: Brian Steward
  • 2019: Brieana Roberts
  • 2018: Alex Pelaez
  • 2016: Alex Clark
  • 2015: Avery Kelly
  • 2014: Matthew Soulsby
  • 2013: Joshua Hoffman
  • 2011: Jacob Morton
  • 2010: Charles Garcia
  • 2008: Christopher Pollard
  • 2007: Christopher Pollard
  • 2006: Matt Lewis
  • 2004: Ginger Evans
  • 2003: Andrew Giles
  • 2002: Sonya Martinear & Brooks Edwards
  • 2001: John Huffman
  • 2000: Andrew Huggins

This award recognizes a student who has declared a philosophy major within this academic year. It is based on performance in philosophy classes, contribution to the major, and promise as a successful philosophy student.

Recipients:

  • 2020: Brant Entrekin and Emily Tillman
  • 2019: Tsion Gedion
  • 2018: Ryan Dietz and Brie Roberts
  • 2017: West Poindexter
  • 2016: Maria Constanza Garrido Sierralta
  • 2015: Alex Clark
  • 2014: Jessica Holloman
  • 2013: Josue Piniero
  • 2012: Micah Dickie & Alex Richardson
  • 2011: Savannah Bergevine & Ryan Washington
  • 2010: Kevin King
  • 2009: Alice Barker & Geoff Lundeen
  • 2008: Anna Potter
  • 2007: Charles Bauch
  • 2006: David Ellis
  • 2005: Jacob Earl
  • 2004: Michelle Fellows
  • 2003: Laurence Skirvin
  • 2002: Richard Cabe
  • 2001: Melissa Reeves
  • 2000: Jacob Kines

This prize is for an essay of 5-7 typed, double-spaced pages on any philosophical topic submitted by any student. The essay must be submitted to the Philosophical Society Executive Committee through the Philosophy Program office. One winner will be selected to receive a $25 prize. A runner-up (no cash prize) may also be selected.

Recipients:

  • 2018: West Poindexter
  • 2016: Aaron Weddle
  • 2015: Jessica Holloman
  • 2013: Alex Richardson
  • 2012: Alex Richardson
  • 2011: Kevin King
  • 2009: Geoff Lundeen
  • 2008: Anna Potter
  • 2007: Philip Brewer
  • 2005: Kristina Swim
  • 2004: Richard Cabe & Kristina Swim
  • 2002: Melissa Reeves
  • 2001: Erin Bingham & Carla Willis
  • 2000: James Burgess & Lee Crase

This award is given to students who have served the Philosophy Program and its faculty in important ways, through participation and organization of program meetings and events, participation in student organizations, representing the Program at student philosophy conferences, and other activities.

Recipients:

  • 2020: Trinity Rothwell
  • 2008: Timothy Wright
  • 2005: Brian Larkin