Scholarships, Awards & Honors


Gold Pen Award

Any KSU student may enter this prestigious writing competition by submitting three (3) copies of a substantial undergraduate essay (8-12 pages with appropriate citations and bibliography) written for any KSU history class held between January and December of the previous year. Contact information, class title and professor, semester and year class was taken are required. The winner receives a gold pen of excellent quality, suitably engraved, together with a certificate of distinguished achievement and a $200 check. Submissions are accepted in early March and the award winner is announced sometime around the beginning of April.

Whitney Scholarship

$500 per year, $250 per semester.  Kent campus history majors are nominated for committee review by a history faculty member. The student needs to have a Cum GPA of 3.3 or better and a history GPA of 3.5.  The award is announced sometime around the beginning of April.


The Department of History offers students a variety of awards, including the Henry N. Whitney Scholarship, the Gold Pen Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Phi Alpha Theta Award. Outstanding students may also become members of the Department's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honorary society.


Majors in History may choose to write a Senior Honors Thesis through the auspices of the Honors College. The Department encourages such scholarly excellence. Several Honors Theses completed in the last decade have been published in part in scholarly journals.