Awards & Scholarships

Note that some of these awards and scholarships are based on financial need. For more information about Need Based Awards and other types of awards and scholarships, please visit the Registrar's Office website.

History Awards

Minimum required averages of scholarships below are awarded based on performance in the previous year with a full course load (5.0 courses).

125th Anniversary Alumni Award in History

Awarded biennially to a student in an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in History based on academic achievement (minimum 75% average) and financial need. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science once financial need is determined by the Office of the Registrar. This award is offered through the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) program and the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Effective: 2016-2017
Award Value: $450 biennial

The Baldwin Family Scholarships in Honors History

Awarded to two students entering the second year of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major including History who have achieved an average of at least 80% in their first year and who will not be recipients of any other scholarship of $3,000 or above. These scholarships were established with Foundation Western by Mr. B. I. and Lorna Baldwin, and Mr. W. C. P. and Lucille Baldwin. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year
Award Vaule: Two Scholarships of $700 each

Department of History Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time second year student in the Faculty of Social Science in an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization in History, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The student will be eligible to continue to receive this award up to and including year four of the History program, provided that he/she maintains an 80% academic average. A new recipient will not be selected until the current recipient no longer qualifies. The recipient will be selected by the Dean based on the recommendation of the Department of History. Established from a generous gift by Mr. William Edgar (DHS '94 in History) through Foundation Western to recognize the outstanding teaching provided to him by the faculty members of the Department of History. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year inclusive.
Award Value: $1250

Department of History OSOTF Award

Awarded to a student in an Honors Bachelor History with either an Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization in History based on academic achievement (minimum 75% average) and financial need. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. Recipients will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science once financial need has been determined by the Office of the Registrar. This award was established through Foundation Western by William Edgar to recognize the outstanding teaching provided to him by Professor Craig Simpson. This award is offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year.
Award Value: $1100

Department of History OSOTF 2 Award

Awarded to a student in an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization in History based on academic achievement (minimum 75% average) and financial need. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar web site and must be submitted by September 30. Recipients will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science once financial need has been determined by the Office of the Registrar. This award was established through Foundation Western by William M. Edgar to recognize the outstanding teaching provided to him by Professor Craig Simpson. Effective: 2011-2012 academic year This award is offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year.
Award Value: Two at $1,500 each

W. Donald R. Eldon Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student in any year beyond Year 1 of a program in Social Science based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). Primary preference will be given to students in History and secondary preference will be given to students in Economics. The Faculty of Social Science will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Dr. W. Donald R. Eldon (BA '48) and Mrs. Jean Eldon. Effective: 2016-2017 Academic year only.
Scholarship Value: $500

The Robert A.D. Ford Award

Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in History, Political Science or International Relations, who has a primary interest in Canadian foreign policy or international affairs. Established through Foundation Western by Dr. Robert A. D. Ford, C. C., a distinguished Canadian diplomat. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year.     Value: 1 at $1,500

Godsoe Family Continuing Scholarships

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in Year 2 of an Honors Bachelor degree with an Honors Specialization or double Major which includes Economics, History or Philosophy, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). Students pursuing dual degrees (combined or concurrent) are not eligible. The scholarship will continue for Years 3 and 4 provided that the recipient continues in an Honors Specialization or double Major which includes Economics, History or Philosophy, and maintains a minimum 80% average and a 5.0 course load. If a recipient fails to retain the scholarship for Year 3, no replacement recipient will be selected, and she/he may regain the scholarship for Year 4 (see appeals note below). This scholarship was established by a generous donation from the Godsoe Family and is held with Foundation Western. Note: The University will use the scholarship appeals process, which is available to students over the summer, to assist Godsoe Scholars who are not maintaining an 80% average. This opportunity for personal counseling may help return recipients to scholarship-level achievement and funding, while monitoring their success. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year
Award Value: $6,000, continuing for up to three years

Edwin A. Goodman Award in History

Awarded to a student enrolled in second, third or fourth year who is studying British and/or Canadian history and who has demonstrated financial need. Established through the generosity of The Honourable Edwin A. Goodman.
Award Value: $400

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Global Opportunities Award

Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students participating in a Western University international experience or study abroad program for which academic credit or approval from their department or faculty will be obtained. This includes: academic exchange programs; approved study abroad programs; curriculum based international field courses/research; international community service learning; and, volunteer opportunities and internships led by Western University. Preference will be given to students in the following order:

  1. History Students Majoring in Jewish Studies or Middle East Studies (1 student selected)
  2. Students in Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major in History (2 students selected)
  3. History Students in Honors Specialization in International Relations (2 students selected)

If in any year, there are no students in one of these areas, then the awards can be made to students in the other areas. To qualify for these awards, the experience must meet at least one of the following criteria: be organized by Western University staff, faculty or department, be eligible for academic credit, or form a required component of the student’s degree program.

Students participating in any of the above listed programs who are registered at the constituent University may be considered. Students must be currently registered in a full-time course load (minimum 3.5 full courses). Students may apply for this award in advance of being accepted into an eligible international learning program with receipt of the award contingent upon acceptance into the program. Students may only receive a Global Opportunities award once during their academic career at Western. Online applications are available on the Global Opportunities website, Western International. Transcripts are required for students who studied elsewhere in their previous academic year. Applications are due on November 15th (for decisions in early January) and March 15th (for decisions in early May). Western International will consult with the Chair in the Department of History for selection of the students. Students will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, as well as a statement outlining how this experience will contribute to their development as a global citizen, what they expect to learn through their program of study and how they will be an effective Ambassador for Western. This award was established by a generous gift from the Estate of Dr. Kenneth H. Hilborn.

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this scholarship in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Value: 5 at $2,000*

*$5,000 from the endowment will be matched by $5,000 through the University's Global Opportunities Award Matching Program.

Professor Kenneth Hilborn International Relations Graduation Scholarship

Awarded annually to the undergraduate student in Year 4 History who is graduating with an Honors Specialization in International Relations and has demonstrated academic excellence, as well as participation in activities beyond formal studies that resulted in their enhanced knowledge of global affairs. Academic excellence will be based on the average of the final five 3000- and/or 4000-level courses completed in the Honors Specialization in International Relations module. A one-page statement outlining the applicants’ activities must be submitted by March 30th to the Main Office, Department of History. A committee designated by the Chair in History will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from the Estate of Dr. Kenneth H. Hilborn.

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this scholarship in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Value: 1 at $1,000

Professor Kenneth Hilborn International Relations Internship

Two internship scholarships will be awarded annually to full-time students pursuing an Honors Specialization in International Relations in the Faculty of Social Science. These internships may be held within Canada or internationally. The Department of History will select the recipients based on academic achievement and the suitability of the internship opportunity. Applicants must have secured an internship opportunity with an organization that can provide hands-on experience related to the area of International Relations, and will be required to provide proof of the offer, terms, description of the organization, duration of the internship, and full contact information of the onsite supervisor. Students who have completed such an internship in the current or past academic year may apply retroactively. Applications are due on November 15th (for decisions in early January) and March 15th (for decisions in early May). Further application details are available from the Department of History. A committee designated by the Chair in History will select the recipients. Recipients of this scholarship will write a brief report about their internship experience for the IR website at the completion of their internship. Effective: May 2015

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this scholarship in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Application form

Value: 2 at $1,000

Garth and Wilma Lambert Scholarship in History

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in any year who is enrolled in the Department of History (including International Relations), with a minimum 80% average. The scholarship committee in the Department of History will select the recipient. This scholarship was established with a generous gift from Professor Garth R. Lambert and his wife Wilma Lambert. Garth was a dedicated professor of Latin, Classical Studies, and Philosophy at Western University both in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, for the majority of his career. Garth died in 2014 at age 85. Effective Date: 2016-2017 academic year
Value:  2 at $1,500

The Richard Markell Scholarship

Awarded to a student registered in an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization in History on the basis of academic achievement (minimum 80% average) and demonstrated financial need. The Office of the Registrar will complete an assessment of financial need and the Faculty of Social Science will select the recipients. Applications are available through the Office of the Registrar and must be submitted by September 30. Established by Marguerite Ruth Dow, Professor Emerita, the University of Western Ontario, in memory of her loyalist ancestor, Richard Markell (c.1746-1804), the great grandfather of her paternal grandmother, Alice Markell Dow. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year.
Award Value: $700

The Joseph Henry Marshall Prize

Awarded for the highest standing in a senior survey course in Canadian History. Open only to Canadian students. Bequeathed to the University by Mrs. Amy Marshall as a memorial to her late husband, Joseph Henry Marshall, MP, to commemorate his interest in all phases of Canadian History. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year.
Award Value: $300

The John McEachern Scholarship

Awarded to the student in an Honors Bachelor degree with the highest standing in third year of a double Major in English Language and Literature and History, tenable in fourth year. Established in memory of Dr. Thomas E. Carr, BA '35. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year.
Award Value: $1000

Hazel Marie Phillips Memorial Scholarship in History

Awarded to a full-time second year student enrolled in the Faculty of Social Science who is registered in  an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization in History , or an Honors Specialization in International Relations, on the basis of academic achievement (minimum 80% average) and demonstrated financial need.  Other things being equal, preference will be given to a woman who meets the criteria. This is a continuing scholarship. If a student does not qualify for the scholarship for any reason, the scholarship will be given to another student in the same year, and it will be considered a continuing scholarship with all the requirements as outlined herein. Applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30.  This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from Mrs. Jean Walker (HBA Arts '38) and family in memory of Hazel Marie Phillips, a life-long resident of London. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year
Award Value: 1 at $800 continuing for three years

The Grant and Peggy Reuber Merit Scholarship

One scholarship to be awarded to a fourth-year undergraduate student who is pursuing an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major in History combined with Economics, Political Science, Mathematics or Statistics. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 'A' average in the third year of their honors degree program and have demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their potential as scholars and their promise for distinguished achievement after graduation as reflected by demonstrated leadership and other personal qualities. Students must apply for these scholarships. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. Final selection of the recipients will be made by the Chairs of the Departments of History and Economics, respectively, and the Dean of Social Science. Established through the generosity of Grant and Peggy Reuber. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year
Award Value: 2 at $5,000 each

Pioneer Jamie Smibert Award

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major including History. The candidate must be enrolled in at least one Canadian History course and have achieved an overall academic average of at least 80%. Candidates must also demonstrate financial need. Application forms are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Office of the Registrar. This award was established through Foundation Western by H. Marie Smibert (HBA '40). Effective: 2015-2016 academic year.

Award Value: $2,500

Pioneer Sandy Smibert Award

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in third year of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major including History. Preference will be given to a student who has successfully completed the mandatory second-year Canadian History course and attained an overall academic average of at least 80%. Candidates must also demonstrate financial need. Online financial need assessment forms are available through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Awards Selection Committee in the History Department after the Office of the Registrar assesses financial need. This award was established by H. Marie Smibert (HBA'40) and is held with Foundation Western. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Award Value: $2,600

Barry Connell Steers Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in his or her third or fourth year of an Honors Specialization or double Major in an Honors degree which includes Economics, History or Political Science, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% academic average). The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science Scholarship Committee. This scholarship was established in honor of her husband, Mr. Barry Connell Steers (BA '51, HBA '51, LLD '89), on the occasion of his 75th birthday, by Mrs. Martha Steers (BA '51), Mr. Con Steers (HBA '76), Ms. Sara Steers (HBA '81) and Mr. Gregory Steers through Foundation Western.
Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Award Value: $2,500

David H. Swankie Jr. Award in History

Awarded annually to a student in one of the final two years of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major including History. Candidates must have achieved grades in the top third of their program and a grade of at least 80% in one course in United States History. Candidates must also be of good character and demonstrate this by their involvement in extracurricular activities and show promise for distinguished achievement after graduation. Any candidate is eligible to receive this award only once and must not be a current recipient of any other awards or scholarships at the time of selection. Applications can be obtained online or in the Department of History, Lawson Hall room 2201 and must be submitted, along with a short essay. The Faculty of Social Science, in consultation with the Department of History, will select the recipient. This award was established through Foundation Western to honour the memory of UWO alumnus David H. Swankie Jr. (BA 1977, Economics & Certificate of Honors Standing 1978, History & MBA 1980).
Award Value: $4,300

Swankie Poster
Application form

William Wyatt Scholarship in History

Awarded to the student with the highest standing (minimum 80%) in an Honors Specialization in History.
Award Value: $350

American Studies Awards

Morrison Scholarship in American Studies for Academic Achievement

Awarded annually to one full-time third-year student and one full-time fourth-year student registered in an Honors degree with an Honors Specialization or Major in American Studies, or a double Major that includes American Studies, who has earned the highest academic average in his/her previous year. The recipient will be selected by a committee established by the History Department. The Scholarships were established by a generous donattion from Dr. Katherine L. Morrison, a long-time friend and supporter of Western. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year.
Award Value: 2 at $1300

Jewish Studies Awards

Stephen Kaganov Award

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in any year of the Jewish Studies program (constituent University only) who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student with a Jewish Studies' Major or Minor, or who is taking any course within the program. The Online Financial Assistance Application can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Department of History after the Registrar's Office assesses financial need. This award was established through the generosity of Mr. Stephen B. Kaganov, BSc '75, with Foundation Western. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year.
Award Value: $1300

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Awards

Awarded annually to graduate or undergraduate students in any year of any program who wish to participate in a University sanctioned activity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (internationa exchange, study-abroad, service learning or research experience), based on demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. These awards are open to students at the Affiliated University Colleges as well as at the constituent University. Application forms and details regarding the application process can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, with submissions due by April 30th. The Office of the Registrar, in cooperation with Western International and the School of Graduate Studies will select the recipients. Receipt of this award is dependent on acceptance of the student by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This generous award was established by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University. This endowment received matching funding through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program, requiring recipients to meet Ontario residency requirements. Awards will be granted as funds permit, and based on applications received up to a total of $50,000 annually (with amount to be reviewed on an annual basis).

Up to $10,000 for full-time undergraduate study abroad

Up to $5,000 for one term of graduate or undergraduate study abroad

Up to $3,000 for summer undergraduate study

Up to $3,000 for non-credit learning experiences ie. service learning or research

Effective 2009-2010 academic year

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