Awards and Scholarships

Each year the History Department is privileged to present several awards and scholarships to outstanding graduates and rising senior majors. These are described below, along with a list of the recipients from the last decade.


Awards to Graduates of the Department

Scholarships to Rising Senior Majors in History

Awards to graduates of the Department of History Since 2003:

The William A. Jenks Award in History is given in support of W&L graduates who are undertaking graduate work in history. The Jenks award was established by former students and friends in honor of William A. Jenks, Kenan Professor of History and a distinguished teacher and scholar of European history at Washington and Lee from 1946 until his retirement in 1983 when he was named professor emeritus. Jenks received his bachelor's degree in history, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee in 1939, and master's and doctorate degrees in European history from Columbia University.

2016 Kelly E. Douma, Claire M. Elder, Bruce C. McCuskey

2015 Nicholas J. Castanes, Stephen T. Deyarmin, Claire M. Elder, Isaac D. Webb

2014 Julia Miglets

2013 Isaac Webb

2012 Alexandra Locking

2011 Alexandra Locking

2010 James S. McKay, Julia L. Miglets, R. Chamberlain Wilson

2009 Wesley B. O'Dell, James S. McKay, Julia L. Miglets, R. Chamberlain Wilson

2008 Randolph Chamberlain Wilson, Lisa Marie Zevorich, Christina E. Petrides

2007 Peter Jones, Rob Policelli, Emily Beth Robideau, Lisa Marie Zevorich

2006 Geoffrey J. Corey Harmon

2005 Lindsay D. Hagerman, Robert A. Policelli

2004 Matthew T. Jacobs, Christina E. Petrides, Robert A. Policelli, Daniel J. Tortora

2003 Christina E. Petrides

The Christopher Merrill Main '94 History Award is awarded to an exceptional senior who, through the spoken tongue or journalistic or literary expression, has shared his or her humor, wit and storytelling prowess with classmates and professors in contributing to a community where friendship, camaraderie, and goodwill flourish. It is hoped that the recipient be a gregarious History major who has an abiding love for Washington and Lee. This annual prize is named in memory of Christopher Merrill Main, Class of 1994.

2016 Beth Jinae Kennedy

2015 Cory M. Church, Samantha A. Swatski

2014 Giles (Det) Beal

2013 Elizabeth Flanigan, Ben Ruffel

2012 Frederick McCracken Davis

2011 Crighton Allen, Scott Matarese

2010 Jane C. Bouch, Brian E. Devine

2009 Michael R. Kazior, Dmitry Slavin, Samuel T. Wilmoth, Mary Cason Wilson

2008 Seth Richard Bullard, Jacob Henry Dwight Geiger

2007 Andrew Glenn Rothey

2006 Morgan K. Hill

2005 Matthew Layton

2004 Carlos William Apaht

2003 Jeremy Scott Franklin

The James A. Vann III '61 Prize in History is awarded to a junior or senior who submits a superior paper in the field of modern European history or architecture. The Vann Prize was created in memory of James A. Vann III, a 1961 Washington and Lee graduate and distinguished historian.

2016 Kelly E. Douma, Mary Kathleen Sands, Pauline G. Marting

2015 Amanda G. Dixon, Kimberly V. Kennedy

2014 Annelise Alissa Madison

2013 Isaac Webb

2012 Elizabeth Monroe King

2011 Gregory C. Franke

2010 Rebecca M. Beeson

2009 Kavita M. DeVaney, Alexandra M. Locking

2006 Charles Fagan

2005 Benjamin Hicks

2004 Kara Beth Coen

2003 Andrew Noel Griffith Borda

The Ollinger Crenshaw Prize in American History is awarded each year to a history major with special interest and achievement in American history. The Crenshaw Prize was created in 2000 by Nathan V. Handricks III '66, '69L, in honor of beloved professor, Ollinger Crenshaw '25. Professor Crenshaw was a faculty member in the History Department at Washington and Lee from 1926-1969 and author of General Lee's College: The Rise and Growth of Washington and Lee University.

2016 Jacob M. Berman, Grant Cokeley

2015 Carl A. Retzloff

2014 Mark A. Sowinski

2013 Thomas Sanford

2012 Andrew Joseph Renaldo

2011 Cara Elizabeth Regan

2010 Zachary S. Segall

2009 Seth R. Bullard, Benjamin D. Wilson

2007 Emma Lynn Burris and Lisa Marie Zevorich

2006 Charles Richardson Yates, III

2005 Benjamin Wesley Hicks

2004 Benjamin Nathan Rumley

The Warren M. Wilson Award in African History may be awarded annually to a senior for graduate study in African History. The Warren M. Wilson Award was established in 1986 by Mr. Anthony M. Wilson and Professor Henry P. Porter Jr.

2008 Christopher Keith O'Connor

2003 Kyle Glenn Healy

Scholarships Awarded to outstanding rising senior history majors since 2003:

The Washington Family Descendants Scholarship Award is made annually to the rising senior history major who attains the highest grade-point-average following his or her first three years of study. The Washington Family Descendants Scholarship was established in 1982 by approximately 600 members of the National Society for the purpose of promoting and supporting scholarship in the field of American history.

2016 Conley K. Hurst

2015 Jacob M. Berman

2014 Jillian Nicole Katterhagen

2013 Annelise A. Madison

2012 Joseph Roger Landry

2011 Emily Babcock Ackerman

2010 Daniel D. Van Denburgh

2009 Zachary S. Segall

2008 Wesley Ben O'Dell

2007 Michael Robert Keenan

2006 James S. McKay

2005 Andrew R. Lloyd

2004 Benjamin W. Hicks

2003 Benjamin Nathan Rumley

The Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarship in History is awarded for excellence in History.

2016 Samuel T. Gibson, Zachary A. Howard

2015 Grant H. Cokeley

2014 Carl Alexander Retzloff

2013 Jonathan Cahill

2012 Isaac Daniel Webb

2011 Samuel Mercado-Rios

2010 Scott M. Matarese

2009 Jane C. Bouch, Brian Ellis Devine, Rachel C. Langdon, Dalena Grace Moser

2008 Dmitry Slavin, Benjamin Daniel Wilson

2007 James Arthur Madden

2006 Emma L. Burris

2005 Charles Fagan

2004 Susan Claire Somers

2003 Amy Elizabeth Blakeway

The Martin Baldwin Whitaker Memorial Merit Scholarship is made to a rising senior, majoring in history, who has achieved the highest grade-point average in history courses. This scholarship was established in 1981 by the family of Martin Baldwin Whitaker and by his former law firm, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Johnson and Williams of Houston, Texas. Mr. Whitaker was a member of the Class of 1971.

2016 Ellie A. Gorman

2015 Bruce C. McCuskey, Catherine C. Roach

2013 Annelise A. Madison

2012 Thomas John Sanford

2011 Andrew Joseph Renaldo

2010 Gregory C. Franke

2009 George Emmett Morgan, IV

2008 Allexandra Mary Locking

2007 William Thomas Campbell

2006 Matthew G. Miller

2005 Elizabeth Davis

2004 Lindsay D. Hagerman

2003 Rebecca Marie Mitchell

The William A. Jenks Scholarship is awarded to students of unusual academic merit with strong interest in history and demonstrated financial need. This scholarship was established in 1997 in honor of William A. Jenks, teacher, scholar, and mentor, by Tom Angelillo, Class of 1974. The Jenks scholarship recognizes the distinguished teaching of this William R. Kenan Professor of History, Emeritus.

2016 Hannah R. Austin, John M.Crum, John C. McGee

2015 Beth J. Kennedy, Mary K. Sands

2014 Jillian Nicole Katterhagen

2014 Carl Alexander Retzloff, Tiomothy E. Paulsen, Kimberly V. Kennedy, Samantha A. Swatski

2013 Angelica Tillander, Madeline Thorpe

2012 Nicholas James Castanes and Thomas John Sanford

2011 Katie Gibbs, Charles Richard Westfal

2010 Crighton T. Allen, John F. Kozak, Rhett J. Rayos, Cara E. Regan, and George E. Stephenson

2009 Rebecca Beeson, Kevin T. Corn, T. Michael Craig-Grubbs, Kayla Elizabeth Rowe, Zachary S. Segall

2008 Terrence Michael McKelvey, Julia Lauren Miglets, Sarah Katherine Morris

2007 William Thomas Campbell, Timothy Adam Conway, Randolph Chamberlain Wilson

2006 Lisa M. Zevorich

2005 Melissa Clarke

2004 Benjamin W. Hicks, Susanne M. LaFleur

2003 Rebecca Marie Mitchell

The John Preston Moore III Award is awarded annually to a graduating senior or rising senior for excellence in history. The John Preston Moore III Award was established in 2008 by Anne D. Moore in memory of John Preston Moore III.

2016 Bruce C. McCuskey, Catherine C. Roach

2015 Jillian N. Katterhagen

2014 Kathryn Mary Bennett

2013 Joseph Landry

2012 Samuel Mercado-Rios

2011 Elizabeth Monroe King

2010 Claire M. Elder

2009 Caitlyn Marie Wilson