Scholarships for Undergraduates

The department offers two undergraduate scholarships.

The Lambda Chi Alpha Loy H. Witherspoon Scholarship is named for the founding chair of the department, first hired in 1964. He died in 2017. You can learn more about Dr. Witherspoon here. This scholarship provides $3,000 each academic year, sometimes split among multiple recipients and sometimes awarded in full to multiple recipients.

The Underwood Scholarship is named for Joan Underwood, the widow of Richard A. Underwood. Richard A. Underwood was hired in 1975 to teach religion and modern culture and to serve as department chair. He retired in 1992. His widow, Joan Underwood, funds the scholarship. This scholarship provides around $500 per semester each year, with multiple recipients in some years.

Recipients for both awards are chosen by the faculty annually. Recipients have demonstrated by their academic performance a serious commitment to the field of religious studies.

Congratulations to Our Previous Winners!

Lambda Chi Alpha’s Loy H. Witherspoon Scholarship in Religious Studies

2022Rian Nascimento-Denney
Matt Ramsay
Katy Schultz
2021Kathryn Goretzka
2020Anna Burchill
Jordan Byers
2019Mathew Argonauta
2018David Flaherty
2017Elizabeth Joyce Alls
Ananiah Israel Clark
2016Jakob Zalman Breunig
2015Gabrielle Haley
2014Haley Alexis Robinson
2013Anna Fleig
2012Ralph Carey Sims
2011Joe Albertson
2008Sarah Komer
2007David Quigley
2006Rebecca Morton
2005Robert Marsh
2004Rebecca Zeller
2003Adrianne W. Ezzell
2002Steven Klintworth
2001Emanuel C. Haggins
2000Leslie Dilloway
1999Stephen D. Brisson
1998Pamela G. Lowder
1997Robin C. Hines
1996Raula Wise
1995Rebecca McGuire

Richard A. Underwood Scholarship in Religious Studies

2022Evan Ocamb
2021McKenna Cunningham
2020McKenna Cunningham
Juliana Peres
2019Annalise Burchill
Ryan Cataldo
2018Anna Lewis
2017Jakob Z. Breunig
2016Haley N. Twist
2015Rhondra H. Bacon
Sabeeka K. Ali

Melanie L. Carty
Haley N. Twist
2013Joshua Reynolds
2012Katherine A. Fitzgerald
2011Steven L. Burleson
2010Jason E. Graham
2008Molly Morgan
2007Jonathan Owens
2006Josiah S. Stroud
2005Nicholas R. Smith
2004Kevin Davis
2003Carmen M. Hayse
2002Heather L. Greene
2001Megan Parmer
2000Elaine Hedrick
1999Lee Hutchison
1998Gloria M. Campbell
1997Don T. Upton
1996J. L. Hutcherson
1995Andrea K. Higgins
1994Patsy C. Macon
1993Ralph Kirpatrick
1992Samantha Criswell
1991Suzanne Personette
1990Steven L. Jolly
1989LouAnn Lamb
1988Roy J. Queen
1987Suzanne M. Burdick
1986Stephen A. Hagwood
1985Russell F. McGhee
1984Darlene M. Tweed
1983Gerald A. Carter
1982Susan M. Byron
1981Frederick C. Buck
1980John W. Futterer