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John Whitmer Historical Association gives scholarships promising scholars. The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage and support scholarly participation in JWHA's central mission -- studies of Community of Christ or other denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement -- by promising scholars, (particularly students).
Eligibility: Promising scholars, especially students from high school through graduate degrees, who have not established themselves professionally by way of scholarly products (such as papers, journal articles, and books) in areas pertinent to JWHA's mission. This may include non-students with a demonstrable scholarly interest in Community of Christ or the broader Latter Day Saint movement. These awards are not available to those with established careers in Latter Day Saint studies as indicated by previous scholarly products and accomplishments.
Winners of an award are not eligible for future participation in the same award program (however, winners of one award may subsequently apply for the other award).
Requirements: Both awards require application to JWHA. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications based on merit. Awards will not be given, if in the judgment of the committee, there are no meritorious applications. Winners of awards are required to attend and participate in the annual meeting for the year of the award.
In addition to a cash award, scholarships include a waiver of annual meeting registration fee, admission to both the Awards Banquet and the Presidential Banquet at the annual meeting, and a one-year membership in JWHA.
There is no separate âapplication form.â Submit the requested documents (as noted above) to the Scholarship Committee Chair.
- The Wildermuth Award (scholarly paper competition) requires submission of a scholarly product (such as a paper, thesis, or dissertation). Two Wildermuth Awards of up to $500 each are available. Winning papers may be presented at the JWHA annual meeting and will be eligible for publication in the JWHA Journal.
This award honors the late Richard and Ruth Wildermuth, who were lifelong supporters of the pursuit of Community of Christ history, members of JWHA, and served as docents for the historic stone church at Plano, Illinois.
- The Kelley Award (travel grant) requires a one-page letter of application that includes the applicant's name, address, and phone number, as well as a concise statement of (a) interest in Latter day Saint studies and (b) reasons for needing financial assistance. Two Kelley Awards up to $300 each are available. Winners are required to attend the JWHA annual meeting and assist the Executive Director with registration and other meeting arrangements as needed.
This award honors Edmund L. Kelley, a long-time Community of Christ missionary, Presiding Bishop, 1891 to 1897, and counselor in the First Presidency, 1897 to 1902.
The application deadline is August 1.