Dr. Paul O'Neill Scholarship

 Jacob Elyk - 2018 Dr. Paul O'Neill Scholarship Recipient

Jacob Elyk - 2018 Dr. Paul O'Neill Scholarship Recipient

Past Recipients

  • 2018    Jacob Elyk
  • 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

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 bi-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.

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:

Heritage and History Book Awards

As part of the HSA’s mandate to preserve and present the province’s heritage and history, the Association also celebrates the hard work of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who strive to keep our stories alive. The Heritage and History Book Award was established in 2004 to recognize authors publishing written works that exemplify excellence in the interpretation of the heritage and history of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The biannual award is administered by the HSA and overseen by a committee comprised of volunteers from the Association’s Board of Directors and Emeritus Members. The Heritage and History Book Award Committee compiles the shortlist and carefully considers each selection before choosing the final recipient. The committee is comprised of dedicated heritage volunteers, historians, historical authors, history educators, and specialists in Newfoundland and Labrador studies.

Sixteen outstanding literary works in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children/young adult have previously been recognized with the award. From 2004 to 2016 the Heritage and History Book Award was a joint initiative of the HSA and the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL). The award is now specifically for non-fiction works and will be awarded biannually by the HSA.

Past Recipients:

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2018 Heritage and History Book Award

Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge:
Excerpts from Chapters I and II

Pam Hall
Breakwater Books and ISER Books

  2016:  Fiction   Sara Tilley  Duke

2016: Fiction
Sara Tilley
Duke

  2016:  Children's/YA   Janet McNaughton  Flame and Ashes

2016: Children's/YA
Janet McNaughton
Flame and Ashes

  2014:  Fiction   Paul Bowdring  The Strangers' Gallery

2014: Fiction
Paul Bowdring
The Strangers' Gallery

  2014:  Children's/YA   Jennifer Morgan  Almost Home

2014: Children's/YA
Jennifer Morgan
Almost Home

  2013 -  Non-Fiction   Patricia Grattan  City Seen:   Artists' Views of St. John's 1785-2010

2013 - Non-Fiction
Patricia Grattan
City Seen: Artists' Views of St. John's 1785-2010

  2013 -  Poetry   Mark Callanan  Gift Horse

2013 - Poetry
Mark Callanan
Gift Horse

  2012 -  Fiction   Trudy J. Morgan-Cole  That Forgetful Shore

2012 - Fiction
Trudy J. Morgan-Cole
That Forgetful Shore

  2012 -  Children's/ YA   Janet McNaughton  Dragon Seer's Gift

2012 - Children's/ YA
Janet McNaughton
Dragon Seer's Gift

  2011  Tom Dawe (Author) Gerald Squires (Artwork)  Where Genesis Begins

2011
Tom Dawe (Author)
Gerald Squires (Artwork)
Where Genesis Begins

  2010  J. A. Ricketts  The Badger Riot

2010
J. A. Ricketts
The Badger Riot

  2009  George A. Rose  Cod

2009
George A. Rose
Cod

  2008  Bernice Morgan  Cloud of Bone

2008
Bernice Morgan
Cloud of Bone

  2007  Gerhard P. Bassier  Vikings to U-Boats

2007
Gerhard P. Bassier
Vikings to U-Boats

  2006  Michael Crummey  The Wreckage

2006
Michael Crummey
The Wreckage

  2005  Maura Hanrahan  Tsunami

2005
Maura Hanrahan
Tsunami

  2004  Robin McGrath  Donovan's Station

2004
Robin McGrath
Donovan's Station