Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Martha Ross Prize Student Scholarship

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November 1, 2018 to February 15, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Oral History, Teaching and Learning, Research and Methodology, Public Health, Humanities

Throughout her career Martha Ross was instrumental in encouraging students and young professionals to practice oral history. As an educator, Martha believed that "We must be diligent in preparing and training as oral historians, so that our dute to capture and preserve an individual's story contributes to and fosters the historical narrative." 

Named in honor of our late founding member, OHMAR is pleased to announce the inagural Martha Ross Prize to be awarded at our spring conference. To be awarded annually to an undegraduate or graduate student creating original work in oral history, this prize both recognizes the achievements of the student and the contributions to the field of oral history. The award provides financial assistance for the student's current project (i.e., travel or transcription costs, research, archiving, technology purchases, et cetera) in teh amount of $500.

We are delilghted that this award allows us to highlight individual work in oral history and to support the next generation of public historains. 


  1. Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time at a college or a university at the undergraduate or graduate level and engaged in an ongoing oral history project.
  2. Students must either be enrolled in a school in the Mid-Atlantic region OR doing a project that focuses on the Mid-Atlantic region (NY, NJ, DE, PA, MD, DC, VA, WV)
  3. Awardee will present her or his work (even if it is a work in progress) at the annual meeting at which the student receives the Martha Ross Prize.

 Applications will include:

  1. A 750-1,000 word description of the project and its expected outcomes.
  2. A response to the following question, answered in 250 words: “If you had more time and resources to build upon or expand the project, what would you do?”
  3. Any supplemental materials (i.e., links to a website or to video or audio clips, a portion of a transcript no longer than 250 words, et cetera) within reason and as appropriate.
  4. The name of an academic mentor or advisor who will be supplying a letter of recommendation.

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 to February 15, 2019. We must receive all letters of recommendation by February 15, 2019. Recipient will be notified by March 15, 2019. Students do not have to be a member of OHMAR to apply for the award.

Please visit our webpage at https://ohmar.org/awards-scholarships/martha-ross-prize/ for more information.

Contact Info: 

David Caruso, President, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)

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