awards

The Department is glad to sponsor a number of awards and scholarships each year. Many of these awards are made possible by generous donations from friends of the Department, to whom we are very grateful! To give to History please contact: Jennifer Lorette (519-824-4120, ex. 52455; jlorette@uoguelph.ca) or visit Giving to the College.

Many of our students have additionally received awards and scholarships through:

Graduate

Department of History Graduate Essay Prizes

Prizes are awarded in Fall to students who have written an outstanding thesis, an outstanding major paper, and an outstanding course essay during the preceding twelve months. All theses and major papers will be considered. Prizes may not be given out in each category every year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty

John Galt Scholarships

The John Galt Scholarships were established by the faculty of the Department of History with the aid of the Ontario government’s OSOTF program, to attract the most promising graduate students to the MA and PhD programs in History. Two scholarships are available. They will be awarded to entering students who demonstrate financial need who have maintained a minimum cumulative 80% average. A student can be awarded more than one scholarship and these may be paid over more than one year, but the offer may be made only at the point of entry into the program. The payment of the scholarship in succeeding years will be conditional on continued financial need and on the maintenance of a minimum cumulative 80% average in the previous two years.
  * students must apply to Student Financial Services with a completed Needs Assessment form by January 10.

William and Nona Heaslip Graduate Bursary

The William and Nona Heaslip Graduate Bursary has been established by Nona Heaslip with matching funds from the Ontario government’s OTSS program. Students registered in a Master’s or PhD program in History with greatest financial need are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to a student whose primary research is on Rural History.
  * students must apply to Student Financial Services with a completed Needs Assessment form by January 10 Helen O'Reilly History Scholarship To commemorate Helen O'Reilly, who entered university as a mature student and went on to pursue graduate studies in history, her family, with the aid of the Ontario Government's OSOTF program, has established a scholarship for a graduate student in the Department of History who has superior academic standing and demonstrated financial need.
  * students must apply to Student Financial Services with a completed Needs Assessment form by January 10

Ruth and Eber Pollard Doctoral Scholarships in History [E5677]

Ruth and Eber Pollard were passionate supporters of Canadian history research and in their estate they endowed funds to establish the Pollard Doctoral Scholarships in History. The two scholarships will be awarded to students entering full-time doctoral study in History in May, September or January following the deadline date. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 80% over their graduate studies. Preference will be given to students studying Canadian history. Selection will be based on high academic achievement and research performance, as demonstrated by transcripts, publication record and participation in scholarly activities such as conferences and symposia.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Thomas Littlewood & Amy Beingessner (2017), Kesia Kvill & Brandon Mendonca (2016), Jianda Yuan (2015), Login Fromm, Erin Schuurs (2014), John Shanko, Marian Toledo-Candelaria (2013), Alice Glaze, Marjorie Hopkins (2012)

Tri-University Doctoral Program Annual Prize for Best Scholarly Paper or Article

One prize is awarded each fall to the graduate student in the Tri-University Program in History who has authored the best scholarly paper or article submitted for consideration by a conference or journal during the preceding academic year.
  * students must apply by submitting to the awards officer a copy of the paper or article and proof of its submission to a journal or conference by September 1  

 

Undergraduate

Crowley/Jackman Gold Prize in History [C0835]

Students who are graduating in June, or who have graduated at the previous fall or winter convocation, from the BA degree program with a major in History are eligible. The prize goes to student with the highest cumulative average. In the event of a tie, the award goes to the student with the highest average on the required courses for the major. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Melissa Micu (2017), Devon Sherwood (2016), Matthew Robertson (2015), Mattea Spindel Duprey (2014), Sara Wilmshurst (2012-13)

William and Nona Heaslip Prize [I0801]

The prize is awarded to the paper that best exemplifies primary source or archival-based research in rural history. Students must be registered in the Bachelor of Arts program, with a History major, and have completed or currently registered in a 3000 or 4000 level history course. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Chanel Kennedy (2016-17), Ryan Paranyi (2015-16), Cameron McKay (2014-15), Fraser Telford (2013-14), Patrick Leahy (2012-13), Stephanie Hodge (2011-12)

Wallace and Audrey Little Scholarship [I0860]

This scholarship is for students registered in the History Major with significant volunteer/extra-curricular experience with a minimum cumulative average of 80% and a minimum of 4.0 completed credits but no more than 10.0 credits. One award per year.
  * students must apply to our awards officer by May 15 
> recent recipients: Kathleen Stennett (2015 & 2016), Karly Hurlock (2014), Kelsey Priestman (2013)

D. C. Masters Prize in History [C0180]

Provided by the Department of History in the College of Arts to a student selected annually in the Spring semester from students who have completed their degrees in the previous twelve months. Qualifications: Student completing the honours program in History (specialized honours, combined honours, or major honours) with the highest cumulative average (minimum of 80%) in History courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels in the preceding academic year. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Grace Howard (2016-17), Halyley Damecour (2014-15), Roisin Lyder (2013-14), Sara Wilmshurst (2012-13), Bethany Philpott (2011-12)

Marion McKenzie Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in History [I0470]

Established in memory of Marion McKenzie (1905-1994), a teacher who had a love of learning and a continuing curiosity about the world both past and present, these awards go to the top student in each of the required core courses in the History program (HIST*1010, HIST*2100, HIST*2450, HIST*260). Qualifications: The recipient for HIST*1010 must have completed no more than 5.0 credits; the recipient for HIST*2450, no more than 10.0 credits and be in the history program; and the recipient for HIST*2600, no more than 10.0 credits. Four awards per year. No student can hold more than one McKenzie Prize in any year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Aleida Prinzen, Elizabeth Kaine, Emily Legere, Melissa Micu (2015-16); Jack McCart, Emily Martens, Jeremy Instead and Mark McCleary (2014-2015)

Ruth and Eber Pollard Undergraduate Scholarships in Canadian History [I0576]

Established by Ruth and Eber Pollard, former President and Treasurer, respectively, of the Guelph Historical Society during the years 1972 to 1993, this award will be provided to the student who demonstrates a passion for Canadian History and ongoing participation in exercise, wellness, or athletics. Qualifications: Students majoring in History with a minimum cumulative program average of 80% who have completed a minimum of 5.0 course credits. One award per year.
  * students must apply to our awards officer with a letter of no more than two pages outlining academic credentials in History and ongoing commitment to exercise and wellness by April 1
> recent recipients: Rachel Delle Palme (2016), Kelsey Priestman (2015), Fraser Telford (2014), Lauren Lewitsky (2013), Sara Nixon (2012)

Ruth and Eber Pollard Prize in Canadian History [I0362]

Provided by the Guelph Historical Society in recognition of Ruth and Eber Pollard's contribution as President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Society from 1973 to 1993. Application not required. Qualifications: The award is for the best essay presented by a student in HIST*4470 or HIST*4970 in Canadian History, particularly its local dimension. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Jeremy Istead (2015-16), Caitlin Fendley (2014-15), Natalie Benjamin (2013-14), Sara Nixon (2012-13), Sara Wilmshurst (2011-12)

Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust Prize [I0597]

Established in honour the first chair of the History Department, Stanford Reid, and his wife, Priscilla Reid to acknowledge the best paper written about the history of Presbyterianism and/or the Reformed tradition. Qualifications: Any student submitting an essay on the history of Presbyterianism and/or Reformed tradition. One award per year.
  * students apply with a copy of the paper and a covering letter including contact information to our awards officer by April 1
> recent recipients: Kirsten Schwegler (2016-17), Sheilagh Quaile (2013-14), Mark Vaiana (2012-13)

W. S. Reid Essay Prize [I0229]

In honour of W. S. Reid, Professor Emeritus. Qualifications: Undergraduate student enrolled in the general or honours program in History who has submitted the best essay for a 4000 level course in History. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Eliana Rosenblum (2016-17), Devon Harding (2015-16), Dallas Baker (2014-15), Alicja Grzadkowska (2013-14), Sara Wilmshurst (2012-13), Matt Edler (2011-12)

W. S. Reid Undergraduate Thesis Prize [I0244]

In honour of W. S. Reid, Professor Emeritus. Qualifications: Undergraduate student enrolled in the honours History program who submits the best paper for courses HIST*4470/HIST*4970 Special History Project Seminar I and II on a non-Canadian topic. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Graham Lloyd (2016-17), Erin Fetterly (2015-16), Leigh Bohner (2014-15), Emily Fowler (2013-14), Jack Mallon (2012-13), Alex Clay (2011-12)

Mordechai Rozanski History Scholarship [I0545]

Established by the Jean Rich Foundation in recognition of Dr. Rozanski's tenure as president of the University of Guelph from 1993 to 2003. Qualifications: Student in Year 3 (who has completed a minimum of 10.0 credits up to a maximum of 14.75 credits) of the Honours History program with the highest cumulative average. One award per year.
  * candidates are nominated by Department Faculty
> recent recipients: Devon Sherwood (2013-14), Matthew Robertshaw (2012-13), Craig McKay (2011-12)