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Awards, Scholarships and Prizes

Historical studies

​A University Medal for Academic Excellence

This is awarded in the graduating year to a candidate for the bachelor's degree in historical studies who has been recommended by the faculty.

The Joanne Swan Greenlee Prize in Historical Studies

This prize valued at $500 is awarded annually in memory of Joanne (Swan) Greenlee who, for two decades, delighted in the hearty appetites and lively conversation of Grenfell students who gathered to discuss history at her home. It is normally awarded to a full-time senior student who displays outstanding cumulative merit in four history courses during the academic year.

The Palliser Prize in History

This prize is in honour of Captain Hugh Palliser, RN, Governor and Commander-in-Chief at Newfoundland from 1764 until 1768; in 1964 he became the first governor to visit western Newfoundland. Valued at $250 annually the Prize will be granted to a student entering their third year who has earned the highest cumulative average in at least five History courses within their first and second years of study. The recipient can be working towards a major or minor in the Historical Studies program in the School of Arts and Social Science at Grenfell Campus. Only students who have not previously been awarded the Palliser Prize in History will be eligible to receive the Prize. Within the same awarding year, recipients of the Joanne Swan Greenlee Prize in Historical Studies will not be eligible. The prize will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee at Grenfell campus and the members of the Historical Studies program. 

Historical Studies Merit Award

This book prize is awarded to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Historical Studies Program. The faculty of that program will fund the prize.

Pro Vice-Chancellor's Prize

This award is given to the best undergraduate course paper written at Memorial University as adjudicated by a selection committee. It is assessed on the basis of "intellectual originality, cogency, facility of expression, and adherence to principles of scientific inquiry and critical thinking."

The Equiano Prize

This prize was established by Dr. Edwin Bezzina, a Historical Studies professor at Grenfell Campus, in honour of Olaudah Equiano, who won his freedom from slavery in the eighteenth century, wrote a narrative of his experiences, and contribution to the slavery abolition movement.  The prize will consist of a history monograph or book that suits the interests of the chosen recipient along with a gift certificate for a book.  It will be awarded annually to a student who is in clear academic standing as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland, is enrolled in the first or second year of studies, and has achieved the best overall performance in that academic year in HIST1100 Introduction to History, Part One. The prize will be awarded by the Senate Committee of Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Division of Arts.

The Marguerite d'Angoulême Arts Bursary

           This bursary was established by Dr. Edwin Bezzina in honour of Marguerite d'Angoulême, duchesse d'Alençon (1492-1549), sister to François I, the King of France. She was an important author and a patron of the arts during the French Renaissance and as a supporter and defender of French humanists and church reformers in the early phase of the French Reformation. She also played a political role at one point, saving her brother's life while he was held in captivity in Spain. Her written work challenged some of the misogynistic attitudes of her time. Valued at $1,000 annually, the bursary will be awarded to a student entering their second year of study in the School of Arts and Social Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador's Grenfell Campus who has declared a major in English, Historical Studies, or Humanities. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and meet the minimum academic requirements for a bursary as defined by the University.


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