Patti Loughlin, Ph.D.
Department Chair
ploughlin@uco.edu | (405) 974-5491

Katrina Lacher, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair
klacher@uco.edu | (405) 974-5592

Annamaria Martucci
Administrative Assistant
amartucci@uco.edu | (405) 974-5277

Department of History and Geography
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034-5209
(405) 974-5291

Scholarships and Awards

The Department of History and Geography and the College of Liberal Arts offer several financial awards to students. To find out what scholarships and awards are available, visit the College of Liberal Arts scholarship pages.

To see previous award winners, visit the student awards page.

To learn more about financial aid available to UCO students, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Department of History and Geography Scholarships

Dr. W. David Baird Scholarship in Oklahoma and Native American History
Historian of American Indian history and Oklahoma history Dr. W. David Baird received the AA degree from George Washington University in 1959, the BA in history and geography from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1961, the MA in history and geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1965, and the PhD in history and geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1969. Baird held appointments on the history faculty at the University of Arkansas (1968-1978) and Oklahoma State University (1978-1988) before joining the faculty at Seaver College, Pepperdine University, as the Howard A. White Professor of History in 1988. He became Dean of Seaver College in 1998, a position he held until 2008. Baird’s scholarly record in American Indian history includes Peter Pitchlynn: Chief of the Choctaws (1972) and The Quapaw Indians: A History of the Downstream People (1980). His’s contributions to Oklahoma history include The Story of Oklahoma (1994 and 2007), an award-winning textbook for junior high and high school students, and Oklahoma: A History (2008), for general readers, both coauthored by Danney Goble. 

Caffee-Chesebrough Family History Scholarship
Established by Brent and Cheryl Caffee, in honor of a family of educators, his parents, Don and Ann Caffee, and her father, John Chesebrough, this scholarship recognizes a UCO history major who has high academic achievement, strong writing skills and a love for education. Cheryl Caffee received the BA in history and the MA in history from the University of Central Oklahoma and serves as a history instructor for the Department of History and Geography. 

Dr. Churchill Gender and Sexuality Student Scholarship
Lindsey Churchill is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History and Geography and author of Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States (2014). Dr. Churchill offers courses in the history of Latin America, Indigenous Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the founding director of the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center at UCO. 

Dr. Edward Everett Dale Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Edward Everett Dale graduated from Central State Teachers College in Edmond, Oklahoma, in 1909 and then received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1911, a master's degree from Harvard University in 1914, and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He held a seat on the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors from 1930 to 1972. His many books include The Range Cattle Industry(1930), Cow Country (1942), History of Oklahoma (1948), and Indians of the Southwest (1948). He was inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Finney Scholars for History and Geography
This scholarship honors Dr. Frank Finney, Jr., the first dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 1971. Dr. Finney was passionate about developing the creative potential of students and giving them a sound background in their academic disciplines. He served the university for 25 years. 

Dr. Russ Goodno History Scholarship
Dr. Floyd Russel (Russ) Goodno grew up in Aline, Oklahoma. He attended Phillips University in Enid and then joined the Air Force and served during the Korean War, stationed in France for most of his service. After returning to the US, he taught at the Hominy Junior High School for several years before receiving the MA in history and the doctorate in education at Oklahoma State University. He taught history at the University of Central Oklahoma for 35 years. The scholarship supports a history or history education major in memory and honor of Dr. Goodno. 

Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in History
Dr. Stan Hoig received the BA in English, the MA at the University of Oklahoma, and the PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. He was a journalism professor at UCO from 1964-1986. He has published 25 books on the history of the American West, American Indian history and Oklahoma history. His first book, The Humor of the American Cowboy (1958), remains in print today. He received many awards for his books and articles and has been inducted into the Edmond Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Historical Society Historians Hall of Fame. This scholarship is for a history major who submits a research paper focusing on the American West. 

LeRoy Long IV Graduate Student Research Award
Hugh P. Long established the LeRoy Long IV Graduate Student Research Award in 2014. The award funds worthy graduate students who wish to pursue archival research, including London-based research projects in the British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, and National Archives at Kew. Hugh Long is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in International and Area Studies, minored in Russian and studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. He enrolled in UCO’s graduate program in history in 2008 and completed an MA focusing on the topic of Lloyd’s of London. To complete the thesis, in 2009 he received a grant to research the deep history of the world’s largest and most historical maritime insurer. He was the first of two students to enroll in the Applied Research in London class. Upon completion of his thesis, Long applied to and was awarded a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, he joined the law firm of Hall Estill, where he practiced law for over four years, before taking a position in December 2017 as Corporate Legal Counsel at Love’s Travel Stops, in Oklahoma City. 

Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
The Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes excellence in service and engagement in Rho Lambda, the University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. The first award was presented in 1971, the same year the Rho Lambda chapter was organized. Since then, students have continued to cultivate a tradition of excellence as citizen-scholars by organizing a variety of activities, including conference presentations, guest lecturers, and community service projects. The award honors students who make distinguished contributions to the chapter.   

Dr. Carolyn Pool Memorial Scholarship in Museum Studies
Established in memory and honor of Dr. Carolyn Pool for her work as professor of history and Director of the Museum Studies Program from 1994-2012, this scholarship recognizes a museum studies major for academic excellence and professional development. Pool received the PhD in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. From 1983-1993 she served as executive director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. She received numerous awards and grants throughout her career and conducted museum professional training through program development and administration. She had multiple professional affiliations and wrote and edited many publications and presented papers at professional conferences including Mountain-Plains Museums Association. 

Dr. Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award
Dr. Edward Pugh received the BA in geography from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1972, and the MA in geography and the PhD in geography from the University of Oklahoma. He served as a senior executive assistant to Governor George Nigh from 1979-1987. At the University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Pugh was executive assistant to President Bill Lillard and President George Nigh. Dr. Pugh served as professor of geography at UCO from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. Dr. Pugh was instrumental in the founding of the Consortium of Oklahoma Geographers and the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education.

Pugh Family Pioneer Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Geography
Dr. Edward Pugh received the BA in geography from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1972, and the MA in geography and the PhD in geography from the University of Oklahoma. Proud of his Oklahoma heritage, Dr. Pugh’s grandfather claimed land in Oklahoma Territory during the land run of 1889. Pugh served as a senior executive assistant to Governor George Nigh from 1979-1987. At the University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Pugh was executive assistant to President Bill Lillard and President George Nigh. Dr. Pugh served as professor of geography at UCO from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. Dr. Pugh was instrumental in the founding of the Consortium of Oklahoma Geographers and the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education. 

Kenneth R. Rees Endowed Scholarship in History Education
Kenneth R. Rees was inducted into the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Hall of Fame in 2013. He helped launch the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. The scholarship, established by Edmond philanthropist Eloise Rodke Rees to honor her son, Kenneth R. Rees, recognizes a history education major for high academic achievement and service.

Dr. Jere Roberson Scholarship in Social Justice
Historian of African American history, constitutional history and the American South, Dr. Jere Roberson served as a professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1969-2011. He received the BS in social science from Tennessee Technological University in 1962, the MA in history and political science from Auburn University in 1963, and the PhD in history from the University of Georgia in 1966. During his 42 years of service to the university, Dr. Roberson was active in the faculty senate and served as president. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Eta Iota Chapter. He has authored a number of articles on southern history and African American history in Oklahoma.

Dr. David Webb Scholarship
Dr. David Webb served as a professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1968-2011. His areas of expertise include twentieth-century US history, US economic history, and modern world leaders. He received the BA from Pepperdine University in 1962, the MA in history from the University of Oklahoma in 1968, and the PhD in history with a minor in economics from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. Dedicated to civic engagement and ethical leadership, Webb served as an active early member of the American Democracy Project.