Thomas History Scholar Award Winners

The Richard H. Thomas History Scholar Awards for Off-Campus Research provide support for Cornell students who are majoring or minoring in history (with preference to history majors) to study and conduct research off-campus. The award subsidizes part of the cost for student enrollment and participation in one of the following:

  • Cornell off-campus research-based course offered by history department faculty (see current list of eligible courses below)
  • Off-campus research-based courses not offered by history department faculty but approved by the department (for example, Newberry Library short-term seminars not offered by history department faculty or ACM semester-long programs)
  • By providing funding to support student internships at historical societies, libraries, and museums (HIS 380)
  • Students’ independent research for honors projects in history (HIS 390 or HIS 485)

Rev. Richard H. Thomas

The history of the award

The Richard H. Thomas History Scholar Awards for Off-Campus Research, established by the Thomas family, honor the educational legacy of Professor Emeritus Reverend Dick Thomas, “The Rev,” who was an integral member of Cornell’s history department and the hilltop community for many years. This endowment in his name recognizes the importance of off-campus research for students majoring and minoring in history and is intended to help off-set the increasing cost of such research for Cornell history majors and minors who meet the College’s criteria for financial need.

Questions about the Richard H. Thomas History Scholar Awards for Off-Campus Research should be addressed to the History Department Chair, Professor Robert Givens rgivens@cornellcollege.edu or the student’s academic advisor for the history major or minor.