Scholarships and Awards Offered by the Department of History

If you wish to apply for any of the following awards, 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.

 See below for more information on each specific award or scholarship as well as their requirements and guidelines. 

  • Available Scholarships and Awards
  • Award Winners
  • Available Scholarships and Awards
    • History Club Papers
      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.

    • The W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund
      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.

    • The Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing
      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.

    • The Vachel Davis Whatley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
      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.

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

      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.

    • The W. Benjamin Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence
      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.

      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 foreign language reading 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.

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

    • The Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award
      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.

    • The Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship
      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.   Amount of award varies.

    • The Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship
      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 Cita Cook History Award
      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 History faculty.

    • The Thomas A. Herndon Jr. Award
      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 awarded by the History Awards Committee.

    • W. Steve Worthy Presidential Scholarship
      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 History Awards Committee.

     

  • Award Winners
    • 2015-2016
      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

    • 2014-2015
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      2007-2008
      J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching

      Dr. Cita Cook

      Hellen J. Jackson Undergraduate Paper Award   

      -

      Albert S. Hanser Graduate Paper Award

       -

      W. Cope Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund

       -

      Elizabeth Leonard Parker Award for Historical Writing

       -

      Whatley Scholarship

       -

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

       -

      Kennedy History Graduate Award of Excellence

       -

      Theodore B. Fitz-Simons Public History Award

       -

      Thomas A. Herndon, Jr. Award

      -

    • 2006-2007
      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
      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
      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