Qualified students may apply for honors in their major(s) by completing an honors project, which will consist of a program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. Students who meet the criteria given below will receive the designation "Honors in (field of study)" on their diplomas.
Senior & Junior Scholars
Junior Scholars - A student classified as a junior as of the end of the fall term who has earned a minimum of 18 course units at Roanoke College with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is awarded a certificate of recognition as a Junior Scholar by the faculty.
Senior Scholars - Annually, the department may recommend to the Dean as Senior Scholar a student whose work in the Department has been most exemplary. In order to be considered, a student must have at least a 3.2 cumulative academic average and must have earned at least 27 units of credit, of which at least 18 units have been earned at Roanoke College. Eligibility is determined from among currently enrolled students on the basis of their academic records as of the end of the fall term.
Awards & Prizes
Brian Keith Leadership Award: The Brian Keith Leadership Award is awarded annually as a prize for history student(s) who has shown leadership and service within the Roanoke College student Historical Society.
Pendleton Hogan Mary Queen of Scots Award: The income from a gift by Pendleton Hogan, '29, aids Roanoke College students who research the Mary Queen of Scots era.
Harry E. Poindexter Award: A prize given to a senior history major who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the field of history.
Roy H. Ritter Southern History Prize: A monetary prize awarded annually in memory of Roy H. Ritter, '26, to a junior or senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding achievement in the study of the history of the South. Mr. Ritter was a partner in the engineering firm of Whitman, Requardt and Associates and one of America's outstanding civil engineers.
R. Dan Richardson Award: The Department of History established this award to honor Dan Richardson and his 30 years of dedicated service to the college. The award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated excellence and promise for growth in modern European history.
The Susan P. Millinger Award: This award was created by the Department of History to recognize the contributions of Susan Millinger, who retired in 2007 after 32 years of service. This award honors a student who has shown exemplary work in the fields of ancient, medieval, or the history of gender.
The Kim Kyusik Award: A monetary award presented to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the field of East Asian history.
Dr. Harry E. Poindexter Award: The Dr. Harry E. Poindexter Award is given in loving memory by family and friends. Dr. Poindexter, valedictorian of the class of 1953, served as registrar of Roanoke College and was a historian. The award recognizes a full-time History major with outstanding academic achievement and is chosen by the History faculty.
Harry J. Breithaupt Award: This award is presented in recognition for one or more original essays judged as excellent in the field of United States history and/or American government.
Harry J. Breithaupt Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one or more students who is a Virginia resident and who has displayed interest and aptitude in the study of American political system.
Conrad Moldenhauer Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, funded by family and friends of Conrad Moldenhauer, will provide financial assistance for students who wish to take part in the Roanoke College Oxford summer program. Conrad took part in this program in 1992 and considered it an experience of a lifetime. The selection of scholarship recipients will occur through a collaboration of the Roanoke College History Department and the Office of Financial Aid.
History Department Study Abroad Prize: Annual award to history major or minor of approximately $2,000 for May Term travel.