The Frank Lawrence Owsley Scholarship
Established in 1960 by friends, colleagues and students of the late Professor Frank Lawrence Owsley, this monetary award is made each year to a graduate student of superior competency in American History. The recipient must be in residence at the time the award is used. The Dean of the Graduate School awards the scholarship at the Honors Day convocation each spring to a student nominated by the History departmental faculty.
The Albert Burton Moore Scholarship
Established in 1969 by friends and students of the late Dean Moore, this monetary award is made each year to an outstanding graduate student in European, Latin American, or Asian History. The recipient must be in residence at the time the award is used. The faculty of the Department of History chooses the recipient, and the scholarship is awarded at the Honors Day convocation during the spring semester each year.
The Colonial Dames of America Essay Award
The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Alabama annually makes a monetary award to the writer of an outstanding paper dealing with some aspect of the history of the colonial period, which is defined as American history up to and including the War of 1812. The paper must be at least five typed pages and must include footnotes and bibliography.
The Gary Bernard Mills Endowed Dissertation Support Fund
The Gary Bernard Mills Endowed Dissertation Support Fund was established in 2002 in memory of Gary, who was a long time professor of the Department of History. Begun with a donation from the Mills family, the fund supports dissertation research for graduate students working in areas to which Gary’s own research contributed; the pre-20thcentury South, with an emphasis on African-American, native American and Creole history and family life. The recipient of this award must be nominated by History departmental faculty. This award carries a monetary prize.
The Christopher G. Swindle Graduate Teaching Award
Named in honor of former History graduate student Christopher Swindle, this award is given annually to the most outstanding graduate student teacher in the department. Both M.A. and Ph.D. students are eligible. Nominations are made by History departmental faculty based on the student’s record of teaching excellence. Students must have taught for a minimum of two semesters to be considered for the award.
Outstanding Teaching by a Master’s Student Award
Similar to the Swindle Award, though limited to students who are currently Master’s students.
Phi Alpha Theta
Students who have had at least nine graduate hours in History and have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better are eligible for election to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in History.