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Undergraduate Awards and Recognition

At the conclusion of each school year, the Department of History and Political Science confers an "Outstanding Student Award" to the student from the department who has demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship.  This award is presented in chapel and noted in the Spring Convocation program.

In addition to this award, the members of the History and Political Science Department confer awards to the outstanding student in History (Phi Alpha Theta Award), Political Science (Pi Sigma Alpha Award), Public Administration, and Social Science. On occasion, the department may give an award to an outstanding student in American Studies. Awards for the most recent seven years are listed below. 

2020-2021 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Paul Anderson
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Maddox Burgess
Outstanding Social Science Major: Cayleigh Porter
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Ilse Ghent
Outstanding Public Administration Major:
 Jake Riggs
Outstanding American Studies Major: Eric Johnson
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Richard (Trey) Bailey and Chelsea Blankenship

2019-2020 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Olivia Womack
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Kaylee Rice
Outstanding Social Science Major: Austin Taylor
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Michael Krupka
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Isabel Waller

2018-2019 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Ty Galyan
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Anessa Bridges
Outstanding Social Science Major: Daniel Moore
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award)Olivia Womack
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Nick Sullivan
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Austin Taylor and Brijana Paic

2017-2018 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Savannah Donnell Wallace
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Samuel Aly
Outstanding Social Science Major: William Sullivan
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Anna Lowery
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Justin Manchester
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Ty Galyan and Scott Cravens 

2016-2017 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Samuel Klein
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Julia Wilcox
Outstanding Social Science Major: Stryder Matthews
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award)Donna Staiger
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Kirk McDaniel
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Samuel Aly and Cort Richardson

2015-2016 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: John Frizzell
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Caroline Reed
Outstanding Social Science Major: Chelseah Alva 
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Caroline Pruitt 
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Jessica Fontenot
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Samuel Klein and Julia Farthing

2014-2015 Awards went to:

Outstanding Overall Student: Mary O'Briant Sommers
Outstanding History Major (Phi Alpha Theta Award): Erin Choate
Outstanding Social Science Major: Jacob Hatfield 
Outstanding Political Science Major (Pi Sigma Alpha Award): Hanna Crutsinger Windley 
Outstanding Public Administration Major: Tyler Sommers
Raymond Muncy Scholars: Joe Gafford and John Frizzell