Dr. Paul O'Neill Scholarship

Born in 1928 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Paul O’Neill graduated from the national academy of Theatre Arts in New York in 1948. He was a professional actor in the U.S. and England until 1954. He returned to Newfoundland and became a CBC producer, retiring in 1986. He is author of The Oldest City – The Story of St. John’s, considered the definitive history of the city.

The Historic Sites Association established the Dr. Paul O’Neill Scholarship in 2003 to recognize his contributions to the study and promotion of Newfoundland and Labrador culture and history. The scholarship is valued at $1,000.00 and is awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Memorial University enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program. There is no restriction by major or minor, but students must show academic excellence, and enthusiasm and interest in some area of Newfoundland Studies as part of their degree program. The scholarship is awarded based on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Arts.

Past Recipients

  • 2016    Daniel Rees
  • 2015    Daniel Rees
  • 2014    Nakita Ryan
  • 2013    Kayla Carroll
  • 2012    Tama Stephanie Fost
  • 2011    Jennifer Newhook
  • 2010    Megan S. Sheppard
  • 2009    Carl Miller
  • 2008    Sarah Pitcher
  • 2007    Matthew Byrne
  • 2006    Darryl S. Maddigan
  • 2005    Victoria Barbour
  • 2004    Susan Tobin
  • 2003    Maria Hillier

The Craft Award for Interpretation of Provincial History

The Award for Interpretation of Provincial History was initiated in 2004 at the request of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The HSA approached the Craft Council with the request that this award be included in the list of Craft Council’s Awards for Excellence, and agreed that the Historic Sites Association would sponsor it. The award is presented annually, usually in the fall during the ceremonies for the Craft Fair.

Criteria for this award were developed by the Craft Council’s Awards Committee and approved by the Historic Sites Association, as follows:

The Award for Interpretation of Provincial History is given to a craftsperson who uses his or her skill to interpret and present the history and heritage of the province.  Techniques or materials used may be either traditional or contemporary.  Primary importance will be attached to how the craftsperson interprets the province’s history.

Past recipients: