There are two principal prizes awarded in history at Bryn Mawr:
The Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Fund for Scholarship in American History was founded by a gift from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in memory of Elizabeth Duane Gillespie. Two prizes are awarded annually on nomination by the Department of History, one to a member of the sophomore or junior class for work of distinction in American history, a second to a student doing advanced work in American history for an essay written in connection with that work. The income from this Fund has been supplemented since 1955 by annual gifts from the Society.
The Helen Taft Manning Essay Prize in History was established in honor of Helen Taft Manning, in the year of her retirement, by her class (1915). The income is to be awarded as the Department of History may determine.
Supports student research needs. The Martha Barber Montgomery Fund was established by Martha Barber Montgomery (class of ‘49), her family, and friends to enable students majoring in the humanities, with preference to those studying philosophy and/or history, to undertake special projects. The Fund may be used, for example, to support student research and travel needs, or an internship in a non-profit or research setting.