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Two $500 annual awards will be given to Native American students, undergraduate, M.A., or Ph.D., to help lessen the burden of costs to attend the annual Western History Association. In addition, the cost of conference registration and tickets to the WHA Welcoming Reception, Graduate Student Reception, Presidential Lunch, and Indian Scholars Luncheon will be included in the award. 

The WHA especially thanks Colorado College’s Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies for its generosity in supporting this award in 2019.

To be considered for this award, send one pdf file with the following to each member of the committee listed below: 1) a letter of interest, and 2) CV. Please also request that your faculty advisor send a letter of recommendation to each member of the committee. Please use your last name in the title of your pdf file.

-2023 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2023

-2023 Award Submission Deadline: June 15, 2023

The WHA office sends notifications to selected award recipients at the end of August. 


Jean O'Brien, Chair
University of Minnesota

Jameson Sweet
Rutgers University

Kevin Whalen
University of Minnesota, Morris



2022 | Lauren Peters

2021 | Angelika Joseph and Joshua Shawnee

2020 | Amber Tallchief-Wellman

2019 Deserea R. Langley and Kristen Simmons

2018 | Ryan Booth and Bridget Groat

2017 | John Little

2016 | Alaina Roberts

2015 | Vanessa Esquivido-Meza and Tiffany Hale

2014 | Jameson R. Sweet

2013 | Margaret Huettl and Farina King

2012 | No Award Given

2011 | Maurice Crandall

2010 | Angel Hinzo and Julie Reed

2009 | Farina King and Josh Horowitz

2008 | Elise Boxer

2007 | Doug Kiel and Nicole Nesberg

2006 | Heather Ponchetti Daly and Joshua Reid

2005 | Jessica Pedro and Skott Vigil

2004 | Jeffrey Means and Rosalyn Rae LaPier

2003 | Elise Boxer and Kim Suina

2002 | Laurie Arnold

2001 | No Award Given

2000 | Alden Big Man

1999 | William Bauer and Kent Blansett

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!