Awards and Fellowships
The Dale Center is pleased to offer several different awards and fellowships for undergraduate
and graduate students, as well as faculty members. Our awards and fellowships are
generously supported by Dale Center donors. If you would like to contribute to a Dale
Center award, please click here
The Jack Lucas Award
is awarded every year to the undergraduate student who writes the best essay on a
war and society topic at Southern Miss. The award honors Mr. Jack Lucas, a longtime
supporter of the Dale Center who was one of the youngest Marines to be awarded the
Medal of Honor in World War II.
The Virginia Culpepper Memorial Award
is awarded every year and recognizes the best paper or presentation that relates
to the field of war and society and the humanities at the yearly Undergraduate Symposium
on Research and Creative Activity. The award was created in 2015 in memory of one
of the Dale Center’s most enthusiastic supporters: Mrs. Virginia Culpepper.
Graduate Awards and Fellowships
Col. W. Wayde Benson Graduate Fellowships
are awarded to exceptional war and society graduate students, either enrolled in
or entering the history program, to support research projects. The fellowships are
made possible by the generous support of Col. Benson and other Dale Center donors.
The Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship for the Study of Women and War
was established by the Dale family in 2014 in memory of the family matriarch, Margaret
Boone Dale. The fellowship supports the research of a war and society graduate student
working on a project that addresses issues examining women in war, families in war,
or war and gender.
The Lamar Powell Graduate War & Society Scholarship
is awarded each year to a graduate assistant or assistants in the History program
who has served above and beyond the call of duty in assisting the endeavors of the
Dale Center for the Study of War & Society.
The Pat and Jean Welsh Dale Center Graduate Fellowship
is a twelve-month assistantship awarded to a graduate student studying war and society
at Southern Miss. The Welsh Fellow is tasked with assisting the Dale Center faculty
with community events and other tasks.
Interdisciplinary Research Awards (Faculty and Graduate Students)
Established in 2018-2019, Dale Center Research Awards
support interdisciplinary research in historical and contemporary conflicts across
disciplinary fields at Southern Miss. Faculty and graduate students from outside
the Dale Center, in any discipline across campus, can apply for research funds to
study how war effects society and culture.