History Dept 2008-09 Scholarship Winners

Feb 9, 2009

The History Department is pleased to announce the outstanding students awarded merit-based History Department scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. Each of these students has a distinguished academic record, with great promise for the future, and we are delighted to be able to honor and support them in this way. Many of them attended the Second Annual College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 17.

Six Charles Sadler Undergraduate History Memorial Scholarships have been awarded in 2008-09. This year's Sadler Scholars are seniors Adam Bednar of LaGrange Park and Joe Glenn of Macomb, recently graduated seniors Alex Heuer of Swansea and Andrea Van Drew of Chadwick (both of whom graduated in December 2008), and sophomores Cody Boland of Carol Stream and (for Fall 2008 only) Sarah Danielle Adams of Rushville. The late Prof. Charles Sadler was one of the History Department's most outstanding and beloved teachers until his untimely death in the 1980s. The Sadler Scholarships provide $500 per semester for up to four years to outstanding History majors.

The four Emily Leonard Undergraduate History Memorial Scholarships for 2008-09 are held by seniors Abby Lagemann of Pittsfield and Mallorie Clark of Geneseo, junior Micca Metz of Fairbury, and freshman Mitchell Brady of Galesburg, who was also awarded a Presidential Scholarship by the College of Arts and Sciences for Fall 2008. The late Prof. Emily Leonard was a Professor of Russian History at WIU until her unexpected death in the mid-1980s. The Leonard Scholars, all outstanding History majors, are awarded $500 per semester for up to four years.

The inaugural Victor and Mary Hicken Upper-Division History Scholarship has been awarded to junior Sarah Farha of Quincy for 2008-09. Dr. Vic Hicken, retired Department Chair and Professor of History, and his family established this scholarship to continue his legacy of support for History majors. The Hicken Scholarship is designated for an outstanding junior or senior History major; it provides $1,000 for up to two years of study in Western's History Department.

The inaugural Susan and Clifford Haka History Student Opportunity Awards were announced in Fall 2008. History senior Daniel Clark of Macomb and junior David Kubicki of Oak Lawn were each awarded a $500 Haka Award for Fall 2008, given in recognition of the academic merit of upper-division History majors at Western. The Spring 2009 Haka Award winners are Matthew Bruning, a sophomore History-Teacher Certification major from Macomb, Micca Metz, a junior History major from Fairbury, and Abby Lagemann, a senior History-Teacher Certification major from Pittsfield. Each will each receive a Haka Opportunity Award of $500 for the Spring 2009 semester. The Haka Award has been made possible through the generosity of Cliff Haka, a WIU History alum and the Director of Libraries at Michigan State University, and Dr. Susan Haka, also a WIU alum and the Ernst and Young Professor of Accounting at Michigan State.

This year's Darrell and Virginia Dykstra Graduate History Scholarship has been awarded to History M.A. candidate Austin Schwartz of Macomb. Mr. Schwartz, who is in the second year of his graduate studies in 2008-09, was the inaugural recipient of the Dykstra Scholarship last year. The late Prof. Darrell Dykstra was our much beloved Professor of Middle East History and Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department for many years. After he lost his long and valiant battle against cancer in 2006, Dr. Dykstra's widow, Ginger Dykstra, established the Dykstra Scholarship to honor his memory and continue his legacy of support for the Department's graduate program.

These scholarships have been made possible by the generosity of our alumni, faculty and staff, emeriti faculty, family members of the current and former members of the Department, and many other friends of the WIU History Department. We thank them all for their generous support of our outstanding students.

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