Student Awards

The History Department gives numerous competitive awards to outstanding graduating senior majors each spring. For the particulars about this competition, please consult Professor Charles Wilkins, who chairs the Honors Committee, or other members of the department.

Forrest W. Clonts Award for Excellence in History
This award is given to an outstanding history student each year; the judges consider academic achievement, intellectual engagement, and service to the department when choosing the recipient.

Forrest W. Clonts Research Prize in European History
Forrest W. Clonts was an alum of Wake Forest College, Class of 1920.  He taught European history at Wake Forest  from 1925 to 1967.

Chilton Pearson Research Prize in United States History
Charles Chilton Pearson was a professor of social sciences, including history, from 1916 to 1952 at Wake Forest College.  He specialized in the history of early Virginia.

W.J. Cash Award for Studies in Southern History
This award is given in honor of Wake Forest alum, journalist and author Wilbur Cash.  His book, The Mind of the South (1941) set the standard in the field of southern history and culture for decades.

Richard Worden Griffin Research Prize in Asian, African, or Latin American  History
Dr. Richard W. Griffin was a 1947 alum of Wake Forest who earned a Ph.D. in history and who endowed this research prize at his alma mater.

Stephen Vella Prize for Excellence in Writing
This prize is awarded to an outstanding paper that is twenty pages or less and written for any history course beyond the 100 level.  It may be a research paper, historiographical paper, critical book review, or any other type of writing. Stephen Vella was a British historian in our department who died of cancer far too early in his career.

The David W. Hadley Prize for Historical Writing at the 100 Level was established in memory of Wake Forest Alum and Profess of History David W. Hadley. The History Department awards an annual prize for an outstanding paper written by a student in our divisional classes (HST 101 through HST 112). Professor Hadley specialized in English history and was instrumental in founding the study abroad program at the Worrell House in London.

List of Past Winners:

Forrest W. Clonts Award for Excellence in History

Aubrey Peterson, 2014
Meenu Krishnan, 2013
Hannah Berkowitz, 2012,
Madeline Eckenrode, 2011
Anna G. Nicodemus, 2010
Andrew G. Britt, 2009
Amy Louise Mueller, 2008
Matthew David Owen, 2007
John Cunningham Raffetto,  2006

Forrest W. Clonts Research Prize in European History

Deshawna Kiker, 2014
Joshua S. Garrett, 2013
William McClure, 2012
Emily Hershman, 2011
John P. Moody, 2010
Joseph Carl Mauro, 2009
Emily Logan Stedman, 2008
Megan Maureen Bute, 2007
Kyle Scott Erickson, 2006

David W. Hadley Prize for Historical Writing on the 100 Level

No Award Given, 2014
Robert E. Maloney, 2013
No Award Given, 2012
Griffin Budde, 2011
Mary Katherine Raffaniello, 2010
Benjamin Morrow & Laura Shashy, 2009
Laura Shashy, 2008
Kate Rogers, 2007
Andrew Graham Britt, 2006

Chilton Pearson Research Prize in United States History

Emily Anderson, 2014
Meenu Krishnan and Sanders S. McNair, 2013
Hannah Berkowitz, 2012
No Award Given, 2011
Melissa M. Velarde, 2010
No Award Given, 2009
Mary Elizabeth Crawley, 2008
Nancy JoAnn Rapp, 2007
William Stephen Hausser, 2006

W.J. Cash Award for Studies in Southern History

Liam McIntyre, 2014
Ivie M. Myntti, 2013
Eleanor Davidson, 2012
Ellie Poole, 2011
Anna g. Nicodemus, 2010
Andrew G. Britt, 2009
Christine Cooluris, 2009
Kristen Michelle Shepherd, 2008
Elizabeth Ann Lundeen, 2007
Claire Reifsnyder, 2007
Elizabeth Whitney Archer, 2006

Richard Worden Griffin Research Prize in Asian, African, or Latin American History

Joseph DeRosa, 2014
No Award Given, 2013
Michael Byington, 2012
Emma Lawlor, 2011
Victoria C. Niblock & Beth Ann Williams, 2010
Matthew Irvine, 2009
Robert Lindsay Calagione, 2008
Ronald Lee Turbyfill, 2007

Stephen Vella Prize for Excellence in Writing

Robert Wilson, III, 2014
No Award Given, 2013

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