Every year the History Department celebrates the top students in each class year, as well as a small group chosen via application for specific prizes. Although we had to cancel our in-person Honors and Scholarship Ceremony, we are still very proud of all you have achieved!
The Althea Stoeckel Memorial Scholarship Award for a Freshman HIST or SOST major: Emily Loney
Named in honor of Dr. Althea Stoeckel, who taught Colonial American History at Ball State until 1978, this award is presented to the freshman student who has the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Merrill Rippy Memorial Scholarship Award for a Sophomore HIST or SOST major: Makenna Poindexter
Named in honor of Dr. N. Merrill Rippy, who taught Latin American History at Ball State until 1981, this award is presented to the sophomore student who has the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Lester Schmidt Memorial Scholarship Award for a Junior HIST or SOST major: Brenna Large
Named in honor of Dr. Lester F. Schmidt, who taught American social and intellectual history until 1979, this award is presented to the junior student who has the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Robert A. LaFollette Memorial Scholarship Award for a Senior HIST or SOST major: Grace Babcock
Named in honor of Dr. Robert A. LaFollette, who was head of the Social Science Department at Ball State from 1921 to 1961, this award is presented to the senior student who has the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Lawrence Birken Memorial Scholarship Award for an History MA student: Andrea Eads
Named in honor of Dr. Lawrence Birken, who taught German history at Ball State from 1989 to 2003, this award is presented to the Master’s student who has the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Lawrence and Mabel Hurst Scholarships:
Juniors: Brenna Large and Samuel Steck
Seniors: Lauren Latham and Hannah Sprenger
Named in honor of Mr. Lawrence Hurst, who taught social science at Ball State from 1927 to 1950, this award is presented to the two junior and two senior students with the highest overall Grade Point Average.
The Stephen J. Sr. and Beatrice Brademas Memorial Scholarship
This renewable scholarship is named in honor of the parents of Indiana Congressman John Brademas and through the generosity of Professor John Koumoulides, who taught Greek History at Ball State from 1968-2002. This award is presented to students who a have particular interest and aptitude in pre-industrial and classical World or European History.
The Anastasios and Sophia Koumoulides Memorial Scholarship
This renewable scholarship is named in honor of the parents of and through the generosity of Professor John Koumoulides, who taught Greek History at Ball State from 1968-2002. This award is presented to students who a have particular interest and aptitude in pre-industrial and classical World or European History.
The Childress Fellowship:
Through the generosity of Dr. Clifford Childress and the Childress Family Fund, this fellowship helps History majors pursue their educational and vocational goals.
The Morton and Linda Rosenberg Scholarship:
This scholarship assists students who have exhibited substantial volunteerism and community engagement, both on campus and in the wider community.
The Jack Walker Scholarship:
Established to celebrate Dr. Jack Walker’s lifelong interest in the study of History and the founding of the United States, this scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated skill in this area.
The John and Therese Weakland Scholarship
Through the generosity of Mark Raby and Martha Em, this scholarship commemorates the contribution of Dr. John and Therese Weakland, who taught in the History and Modern Languages Departments at Ball State University. This scholarship celebrates excellence in advanced History majors.
The Dwight W. Hoover Scholarship:
Emily K. McGuire
Sponsored by Dr. John R. Crise, and established by Dr. JoAnn and Dr. Richard W. Kixmiller, this scholarship honors Professor Emeritus of History, Dwight W. Hoover, who taught in our department from 1959-1991. This fund for graduate studies in History supports outstanding students who show a special interest in and/or potential for research in the United States or abroad.
The Carter G. Woodson Prize for African-American History
This prize honors the great contribution that Dr. Carter G. Woodson made to African-American History as a professor, scholar, and founder of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, as well as his unswerving commitment to intellectual honesty and academic excellence. This prize is awarded to the student who earned the highest grade in History 210 (African-American History) in that year and thus follows the tradition of Carter G. Woodson.
The Sharon Seager Prizes in the History of Women, Gender, and/or Sexuality
Thesis Prize: Grace Babcock
Student Paper Prize: Samantha Shepherd
Creative Project Prize: Kara Nahrwold
Through the generosity of Dr. Sharon Seager, an historian of American history who taught in our department, these prizes celebrate the best essay and creative project from Ball State University investigating the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality. These prizes are not confined to the History Department.
Certificate of Special Achievement in Introductory American History:
- Cyrus Allen
- Olivia Baughman
- Mallory Gail
- Hayley Hines
- Julianna Small
- Katie Vise
- Halle Pressler
Certificate of Special Achievement in Introductory World History:
- Chloe Campbell
- Thomas Coffman
- Nolan Collins
- Emery Denison
- Megan Halcomb
- Lauren Ivankovich
- Meredith Johnson
- Jenna Kelly
- Kami Leach
- Emily Loney
- Lauren Nekola
- Sarah Owens
Certificate of Special Achievement to Outstanding Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers:
- Carter Hall
- Brett Lucas
- Sarah Rozmin
- Gaven Schulz
Congratulate your friends and classmates on History’s social media platforms (@ballstatehist)!
And don’t forget to apply for these awards next year!