Samford University’s History Department presented its annual academic honors at the conclusion of the disrupted 2020 spring semester.
University Academic Honors
Honors Certificates (overall GPA of at least 3.5)
Adam Carr Mallory McKinnon
Earle Glascock Anna Beth Mason
Robert Hancock Robbie Nikont
Maddie Hixson Noah Stewart
Tim Larsen Holly Vlach
Wheeler Medal (GPA of 3.75 or above for the first time)
Meredith Bennett and Cole Foreman
Seal Medal (GPA of 3.75 or above for the second time)
Caroline Bass, Mary Blake Brock, Mica Chesshir, and Livi White
Tower Medal (3.75 or above GPA for 63- 95 credit hours)
Katie Graham, David King, Max Lattermann, George Sarris, Sarah Schansberg, and Mollie Smith
Howard Medal (3.75 or higher GPA for at least 96 credit hours)
Hannah Atchley, Sam Bartz, Drayton Cullen, Melanie Hancock, Caroline Larry, and Max Willinger
History Department Honors
Shae Corey earned the Christina Mosley Award, given annually to a senior who best exemplifies the contagious spirit of Christina Mosley (Furr) ’08.
Max Lattermann and Max Willinger earned the William Pratt Dale Award, given annually to a junior or senior who shows determination, hard work, and Christian service, in honor of a beloved former professor.
Sarah Schansberg earned the Mitchell B. Garrett Alumni Award, given annually to a junior who exhibits independence, leadership, and initiative, in honor Samford’s first History Department chair.
Sam Bartz earned the Elizabeth C. Wells Award, given annually to a junior or senior who is a passionate learner engaged in the highest caliber of service to the university and/or the community, in honor of the long-time head of Special Collection and the University Archives.
Drayton Cullen and Emily Thorington earned the David M. Vess Award, given annually to a senior who exhibits Christian character, civic virtue, and steadfast compassion, in honor of the alumnus and former History Department chair.
Holly Vlach earned the Marlene Rikard Award, given annually to a senior who exhibits determination, intellectual curiosity and outstanding scholarship, in honor of the longtime history professor and founder of the Samford In London program.
Melanie Hancock earned the Phi Alpha Theta Award, given annually to the senior with the highest GPA, in honor of former History Department chair George V. Irons.
The department also recognized students who earned American Independence Awards this spring.
Class of 2020 History Majors and MinorsSam Bartz
Trenton Hannah (F20)
Mike Williams (F20)