Scholarships & Prizes
Undergraduate Scholarships and Prizes
The Department of History at Wright State University offers several undergraduate awards and scholarships. The competitions for these are held in the spring semester, with the winner announced at the annual departmental reception and Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony in the spring. For more information about the prizes please contact the departmental main office in 370 Millett Hall at 775-3110.
Best Paper Award
This award is given out annually for the best undergraduate term papers written on historical topics submitted for any course. Applicants need not submit the original graded paper but may submit a revised and improved version of that paper. The competition is held in the spring semester.
2013: Melissa McLean
2009: Mark Pulcifer (honorable mention: Owen Wolfe)
Outstanding Student in History Scholarship
This competitive scholarship is given out annually. Applicants need to be a history major in good standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.3, with at least one full semester remaining before graduation. The application process consists of an application form, a 300 word essay addressing interests and goals, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The competition is held in the spring semester.
2013: Bethany Wages
2011: Joshowa Yost
2011: Anthony Kremer
2009: Juan Muñoz
2008: Heide E. Gottschlich
Outstanding Graduating Senior
There is no need for nomination or application for this prize. The department selects annually the most accomplished graduating senior, ideally one who has completed a senior thesis, garnered substantial academic honors, or who has made manifest contributions to the department, university or community at large. Beginning in 2009, the recipient of this prize is honored by the donation of a book in his or her name to Dunbar Library and the notation of this in the library’s catalog (http://www.libraries.wright.edu/bookplates/history)
2013: Eastman Klepper
2009: Michael Duffield
2008: Katharine Luebcke
2007: Melissa Goldmeier
The Nezahualcóyotl Prize
Named after Ancient Mexico’s Emperor of Texcoco, a Lover of Knowledge, the Nezahualcóyotl Prize recognizes students who excel in undergraduate courses in Latin American History. The single annual award is for $1000, as selected by the Department’s Student Relations Committee. Undergraduate students who earn an “A” in an advanced class on Latin America in the previous year are automatic candidates for consideration, though only one Prize is given. The recipient is traditionally honored at the Department’s annual reception and Phi Alpha Theta induction in the spring semester.
In Memory of Carl Becker
The Scholarship in Memory of Carl Becker honors a long-time member of the Department of History. Dr Becker taught at Wright State University for almost 26 years, beginning in 1964, when WSU opened as a branch campus of Ohio State University and Miami University. Dr. Becker published works on both World Wars as well as on Ohio history and was a key contributor to the WSU Honors Program and Public History Program.
2013: Joseph Bradley-Hutchison
F. Richard Swann
The F. Richard Swann Scholarship was endowed by Samuel and Lynne Dodson in honor of Dr Swann, who was a member of the Department of History from the earliest years of Wright State University and later assistant provost. Applicants must be undergraduate history majors in good standing with at least one semester remaining before graduation. Applicants submit an essay written for any undergraduate history course, of a length between 7 and 20 pages. The paper may have been revised.. Reflecting Dr. Swann's specialization in British history, preference is given to papers written on aspects of Britain or the British empire.
2013: Joseph Bradley-Hutchison