Richard D. & Janet L. Boynton History Honors Thesis Award


  • Junior or Senior History Major
  • Member of Centennial Honors College completing upper-division Honors in History or completing University Honors in History
  • Enrolled in HIST 490H (Honors Thesis) during semester award is given
  • Minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA at time of application


  • A one-semester $500 award for an Honors History major to be awarded via EFT during the semester in which he/she completes the honors thesis
  • During the semester in which an Honors History major is enrolled in HIST 490 (Honors Thesis in History), the student may apply to the History Department Chair for up to $250 in History Honors Thesis Research grant funds, to be awarded via EFT, to defray expenses related to the student's Honors thesis research.

Selection Process:

  • The $500 History Honors Thesis Award will be awarded near the end of each semester to the student whose thesis is selected as the most outstanding that semester.
  • The selection committee for the $500 Award is to be composed of at least three members of the History faculty who have supervised honors theses
  • Students applying for a History Honors Thesis Research Grant will submit to the History Department Chair a brief (one-page) proposal, explaining the nature of their research, its significance, and an explanation of the research expenses involved in the Honors thesis research
  • The number of History Honors Thesis Research grants that will  be approved by the History Department Chair each semester will depend on the availability of funds.

Applications and Inquiries:

Department Chair
Department of History
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Morgan Hall 438
Macomb, IL 61455

Deadline for Applications:

Working draft of complete honors thesis due to selection committee by Dec. 5 (for Fall graduation) or May 5 (for Spring graduation)

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?


What are the Criteria for Renewal?

One-time award with no renewal