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List of History Scholarships

Scholarship Name Description Recent Recipients
Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Foundation Scholarship in History History: Established in 2015 by the Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
Criteria: Award will be given to eight junior or senior level students majoring in history and interested in exploring some aspect of Southern history, with no restrictions as to time period or cultural perspective. Eligible applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and should be enrolled fulltime.
Jacey Thomas
Charles Petrea
Savannah Savage-Johnson
Lee Ann Hitt
Darrenisha Long
Emily Zanieski
Joshua Gee

KeyShawn Housey
Naryan Saviskas
Haley Osborne
Michael J. Elmore
Cassandra Hankin

Julisha Ford
Kimberlee Culverhouse
Anna McIntyre
Haley Osborne
Narayan Saviskas, Jr.
Riley Cochran
Sean De La Torre
Breana Stephens

Sally T. Gershman Memorial Scholarship
History: Established in 1994 as a memorial by Dyan and Michael Gershman, children of the late Dr. Sally T. Gershman, Professor of French history, who taught at Georgia Southern from 1980 to 1992.
Criteria:  The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize an outstanding female graduate or undergraduate student who has a special interest in either French or European Women’s history. Criteria for selection include full-time enrollment, academic standing, relevant extracurricular activities, and personal character.  Application is open to students majoring in History at the undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate level.
2021 Sadie Ingram
2020 – Morgan Reddick
2019 – Haley Osborne
2015 – Haley McKenzie
2014 – Leisa Vaughn
2013 – Erica D. Carter
2011 – Amanda Kinchen
2010 – Emily D. Hergesheimer
2009 – Leah Whitney Jackson
2008 – Kelly Dabney
Dr. George A. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship in History History: Established in 1983 by an anonymous donor to honor Dr. George A. Rogers, who retired from Georgia Southern in 1983 as Professor of History after more than three decades of teaching and research experience. He was named Professor Emeritus of History and Member, Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology
Criteria: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to deserving undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of History.  The Department of History Scholarship Committee sets additional criteria.
2021 Jazmine Murphy
2020 – Emily Zanieski
2019 – Rebecca Anderson
2015 – Kelli Bacon
2014 – Thomas Cody Waters
3013 -Allison M. Rogers2011 – Jaclyn Grizzell
2010 – Shannon Browning-Mullis
2009 – Pace Jenkins
2008 – George F. Barnhill
 Michael E. Shaw Scholarship in History History: Established in 1985 as a memorial to the late Dr. Michael E. Shaw, a member of the History faculty at Georgia Southern University.
Criteria: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to deserving undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of History.  The Department of History Scholarship Committee sets additional criteria
2021 Garrett Gay
2020 – Noah Prince
2019 – Andrew Kelly
2015 – Malik Raymond
2014 – Brittany Sealey
2013 – Thomas Cody Waters
2011 – Kathleen LeDuc
2010 – Nicholas L. Hoad
2009 – Kristen Grantham
2008 – Ryan English
Richard S. Beene Scholarship History: Established in 2009 by Georgia Southern University Alumnus, Richard S. Beene. Mr. Beene, a 1973 graduate with a degree in History, was recognized as the 2006 Alumnus of the Year by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mr. Beene is the President and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian in Bakersfield, CA.
Criteria: The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize outstanding undergraduate students majoring in History with an interest in American History and the Civil War. Eligible applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
2021 Mark O’Dell
2020 _ Savannah Savage-Johnson
2019 – Rebecca Anderson
2015 – Michael Elmore
2014 – Savannah James
2012 – Carson Stepanek
R. Frank Saunders Memorial Scholarship History: Established as a memorial to the late Dr. R. Frank Saunders, a member of the History faculty at Georgia Southern University.
Criteria: Award will be given to a junior or senoir level student majoring in history. Eligible applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and should be enrolled full time.
2021 Emily Zanieski
2020 – Josh Gee
2019 – Andrew Kelly
2015 – Logan Franks
2014 – William D. Wilson
2012 – Lindsay Hall
Max O’Neal Scholarship History: Established in 2017 in memory of Max O’Neal.
This scholarship will be awarded at least every three years for the best history paper, at either an undergraduate or graduate level.  It is to be awarded by a committee of at least three faculty members of the History Department. The Department is responsible for notifying Financial Aid of the recipient.  The winner is required to send a letter of thanks to the family of Max O’Neal. This process will be managed by the History Department.
2020 – Lee Ann Hitt
2018 David Rehder
2017 Caleb Still

Altrusa Club of Statesboro Martha Tootle Cain Scholarship


History: To provide scholarship assistance to an undergraduate female student who
demonstrates financial need as well as integrity, academic success, and
willingness to serve her community.
Criteria: The recipient(s) must have completed a year of study, be enrolled as
a full-time student, and have at least two more semesters of study left
in an undergraduate program.
The recipient(s) must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA fall semester
of the award in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship spring
Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Scholarships Not Available by Application Process

The following scholarships are available only to incoming freshmen, who declare a history major at the time of application and through special invitation from the University’s Office of Admissions. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

Maxann Foy Scholarship in History History: Established in 1983 by family members as a memorial to Ms. Foy, a long-time history teacher in Bulloch County schools and community leader in Statesboro.
Criteria: The purpose of the scholarship is to recruit, recognize, and assist outstanding students in the field of history.  Consideration is given to a full-time History Major at any class level.
2009 – Victoria Crane
2008 – Derek Kauhane
Julia Floyd Smith Scholarship in History for Women History: Established in 1983 by Dr. Julia Floyd Smith, who taught in the History Department at Georgia Southern for almost two decades, and was named Professor Emerita of History upon her retirement.
Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis each year to outstanding female students who are majoring in history.  Recipients must be of high moral character and must be considered a leader among their peers.  Should no female students qualify for this award in a given year, it may be offered to a male student who satisfies all criteria regarding major, grades and character.
2009 – Kristen Strater
2008 – Elaine Warren-Aliff
Ruffin Scholarship The Ruffin Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen students majoring in English, History, Writing and Linguistics, or Foreign Languages. Students who have been admitted to Georgia Southern who are interested in this award should contact the Scholarship Office for more information.

Non-Scholarship Endowments
George H. Shriver Phi Alpha Theta Book Award History: Established in 1991 by Dr. George H. Shriver, award-winning Emeritus Professor of History, highly published scholar, and former Chair, Religious Studies Minor, who retired after 26 years on the faculty at Georgia Southern.
Criteria: This award is given (without application process) to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average in the History Department, who must be a member of the History Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta and also a graduating senior. If there are two qualifying students, the award shall be divided equally.
2011 – Amanda Lees
2009 – George Barnhill
2007 – April Hughes
2006 – Megan Taylor

Scholarships only Available to Students on the Armstrong Campus

Hazelle B. Tuthill American History Endowment Criteria:  The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Savannah Chapter 3-080 Ga. originally established this annual scholarship in 1986. It was subsequently established as an endowed scholarship fund in 2012. DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and honoring of the patriots of the Revolutionary War. Recipient must be pursuing a degree in History with a concentration in American History and have minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.0 at the time of the award. 2021 Zach Graham
2020 – Donna Sanders
2019 – Lillian Sanders
2018 Linnea Ryan
Roger K. Warlick Fellowship in History Criteria:  The Roger K. Warlick Fellowship honors a teacher, scholar, department head, and assistant dean who permanently enriched the life of Armstrong State College and positively impacted the surrounding Savannah community in a host of ways that have left an enduring imprint. The fellowship will be used to attract outstanding scholars who wish to pursue a master’s degree in history on the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University. 2020- Jessica Forsee
2019 – Anaqua Beasley
2019 – Meredith McCarthy

Last updated: 3/30/2022