Student Awards and Scholarships, 2015-2016

The Department of History congratulates the current recipients of awards and scholarships!


Outstanding Graduate Student: William Vittetoe

William received his undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of West Florida. He currently works in international education serving as an exchange liaison and immigration adviser. Currently a student in the M.A. Traditional History program at the University of West Florida, his areas of study include ninth century Anglo-Saxon England, and the effects of structuralism on historical interpretations of cultural events. In addition to receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student award, he received the History Faculty Award for Excellence in Writing/Carolyn Knefely Award for his paper entitled "The July Revolution of 1830: A Structuralist Examination of a Transformative Event," which examines the relationship between the overthrow of the Bourbon Monarchy and overall change in the power structure of French society. Using the sociological theory of structuralism, the paper analyzes the efficacy of the July Revolutions as a force for meaningful social change and attempts to quantify the type and scale of the event as a revolution.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant: Steven Poulin

Steven D. Poulin earned his Master's Degree in Public History at University of West Florida in the spring of 2015. He also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology at UWF in 2009. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and in 2013 was awarded a scholarship with the university's Study Abroad Scholarship to do his field study in Europe with Dr. Daniel Miller for Next Exit History. In 2014, he worked designing educational programs for Historic Pensacola Village and the University of West Florida Historic Trust. His diverse areas of research interest include the Spanish Civil War and Modern Spain, Social History, and the History of Science and Medicine. He has written for the local Pensacola newspaper Independent News and is pursuing a career in education since graduation.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Kay Jackson

Kay began taking classes at UWF in fall 2012 and graduated in May 2015 not only with a BA in History but also with a minor in Professional Education. Her areas of interest in history include colonial America and the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe. Kay plans to pursue a career in teaching social studies to middle or high school students.

Carolyn A. Knefely Award for Excellence in Writing: Austin Perry

Austin studied History at UWF from January 2011 until graduating in May 2015. During that time, he also studied Arabic as a part of UWF’s foreign language program. His focus in the History Department was Western European history with a strong emphasis on English history and the history of the Church from the late 1300s through the Reformation. Austin received the Carolyn Knefely Award for his paper “Catherine of Siena: The Politics of Mysticism” that he completed as a part of Dr. Marie Therese Champagne’s Medieval Women course. His research focused on the depiction of St. Catherine of Siena by comparing her own writings with those of her biographer, Raymond of Capua, in addition to exploring the political nature of his biography. Austin’s other historical interests include Anglo-Saxon society during the Norman Conquest, Western Christianity from the Great Schism through the early Protestant Reformation, and modern British society and subcultures. Austin plans to teach history at the high school level and eventually return for graduate school.

Michaela Albon Scholarship: Justin Keeton

Justin received the Michaela Albon Scholarship for his academic excellence as a history major specializing in pre-law. Justin has been taking college-level coursework since he was 16 and will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of 20. He plans to pursue a Master's degree in History or a law degree upon graduation. 

Michaela Albon Scholarship: Zach Pritchard

Zach is currently seeking a degree in History from the University of West Florida. His interests within his field include Imperial Rome and the Wars of Religion. Zach is an avid reader, and presently works in the Universities Professional Studies Library. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving and sailing in the Gulf. After completing his degree, Zach plans to go to law school and eventually work as a corporate attorney.