OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

History Student Awards

History gives the following annual awards to outstanding students.

Arthur E. Gravatt Scholarship

This annual $500 scholarship is made possible through a generous grant to history by Arthur E. Gravatt and Margaret Dowell-Gravatt, MD. The History Awards Committee will select an outstanding undergraduate history major who is a continuing student currently in his or her junior or senior year, with priority given to financial need.

Thomas and Margaret Meehan History Scholarship

This annual $500 scholarship is made to a student with “junior or senior class standing” (i.e., in his or her sophomore or junior year) with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above. Financial need may be considered but is not required. The recipient will be nominated by history faculty and selected by the awards committee.

Barbara Bennett Peterson History Award

This annual $500 award is made to a full-time history major. The recipient “shall have senior class standing and be a continuing (i.e., returning) student while receiving the award.” In awarding this scholarship, there is no stipulation regarding financial need. The recipient will be nominated by history faculty and selected by the History Awards Committee.

Robert Wayne Smith Book Award

The recipient will receive $25 credit toward book purchases at the OSU Bookstore. Awarded by history faculty, in cooperation with the OSU Bookstore, it is presented at the annual Phi Alpha Theta history honorary initiation and reception in the spring. Selection honors the author of the best research paper or review essay submitted in a history course during the academic year. Essays to be considered are submitted by the course instructors.

Graduate Student Essay Award

$200 awarded at the annual Phi Alpha Theta history honorary initiation and senior reception to a History of Science graduate student or an MAIS graduate student (with a major in history) who submitted the best essay demonstrating substantial original research or historiographical analysis (7500 words or less). Each submitted essay must be accompanied by a letter of support from a History Department faculty member.


Awards are presented at the SHPR Awards ceremony held annually at the end of Spring Term.

Student inductions into Phi Alpha Theta are also held during the ceremony.

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2013 History Awards Ceremony

Click here to see the 2013 program and award winners!

Many excellent pictures from the event can be found on Mina Carson's Flikr site!