SOHA Awards, Scholarships & Mini-Grants

(L-R) SOHA president Marcia Gallo, General Scholarship winner Richard Ly, Eva Tulene-Watt awardees Rachael Cassidy and Diana (Midge) Dellinger, and SOHA officer Farina King
(L-R) SOHA president Marcia Gallo, General Scholarship winner Richard Ly, Eva Tulene-Watt awardees Rachael Cassidy and Diana (Midge) Dellinger, and SOHA officer Farina King
Suzi Resnik celebrates with members of her family at the 2017 SOHA Awards Luncheon.
Suzi Resnik celebrates with members of her family at the 2017 SOHA Awards Luncheon.

Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship for Native American Scholars:
Named in honor of Apache author and oral historian Eva Tulene Watt, who shared the story of her family and her people’s past through recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions (Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975, with Keith Basso, University of Arizona, 2004), this SOHA scholarship enables indigenous oral history practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. As part of the award, the SOHA conference registration fee is waived and travel and hotel expenses are reimbursed up to an amount of $500. Recipients are not eligible for the Eva Tulene Watt scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award.
2018 Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship Application

General Scholarship:
SOHA awards two General Scholarships to oral historians and practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. Students, teachers, independent oral historians and individuals associated with nonprofit organizations in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply. Funding includes one cash award of $300 per recipient and should be applied toward travel and hotel expenses. The SOHA conference registration fee is waived. Recipients are not eligible for the General Scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award.
2018 General Scholarship Application

Mini-Grants
SOHA awards up to three mini-grants each year totaling up to $1500. Funds may be used for interviewing, equipment, transcription, editing, publishing, and other oral history related expenses. Students, teachers, and independent researchers, historical societies, archives, museums, and non-profits in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply to conduct research on the Southwest. Recipients may be invited to present their work at a SOHA conference within two years of receiving the Award. We also ask that recipients prepare a written report on their work for inclusion in SOHA’s newsletter within six months of receiving the award.
2018 Mini-Grant Application

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 AWARDEES
JAMES V. MINK AWARD
- Suzi Resnik
EVA TULENE-WATT SCHOLARSHIP - Angelo Baca, Rachael Cassidy, Diana (Midge) Dellinger, Teresa Montoya
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP - Richard Ly
MINI-GRANT - Shebana Coehlo, Recuerdos Vivos New Mexico / Nasario remembers the Rio Puerco, Blanca Araujo, Judith Flores Carmona, and Rudolfo Chávez Chávez, Untold Stories of Stahmann Farms

2017 Mink Awardee
Suzi Resnik

Suzi Resnik wears 2 hats in our oral history field, serving as a volunteer and as a director of an oral history business, Viewing Voices. She has served as the Director of Del Mar Voices, the Del Mar Historical Society’s Oral History Project, since 1995. She is also a past President of the Del Mar Historical Society. She was a co-host of the 2015 annual meeting held in Del Mar, California.

2017 Scholarship Awardees
Angelo Baca

Angelo Baca (Diné/Navajo Hopi)
New York
Documentary filmmaker Angelo Baca is a Doctoral candidate in Socialcultural Anthropology at New York University.

Rachael Cassidy
Rachael Cassidy (Cherokee and Oklahoma Nation)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rachael Cassidy is completing the Master of Arts degree in History at the University of New Mexico and plans to pursue the Ph.D.

Diana (Midge) Dellinger
Diana (Midge) Dellinger (Muskegee Creek)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Diana (Midge) Dellinger is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in American Studies with an emphasis on Native American studies at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma

Teresa Montoya
Teresa Montoya (Diné/Navajo)
New York
Documentary filmmaker Teresa Montoya is a Doctoral candidate in Anthropology at New York University

Richard Ly
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Richard Ly is a student in the Master of Arts program in American Studies at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma

2017 Mini-Grant Awardees
Shebana Coehlo

Oral historian and documentary filmmaker
Santa Fe, NM
Recuerdos Vivos New Mexico
This grant is for the education and outreach component of documentary film on New Mexico folklorist and oral historian Dr. Nasario Garcia and his and other peoples’ recuerdos/memories of four now abandoned Hispanic villages of the Rio Puerco valley. It is entitled Nasario remembers the Rio Puerco.

2017 Scholarship Awardees
Blanca Araujo, Judith Flores Carmona, and Rudolfo Chávez Chávez

Untold Stories of Stahmann Farms
Stahmann Farms, which today produces 8 mil lbs of pecans per year in the Mesilla Valley of southern New Mexico was started in the early 1930s by the Stahmann family. While there are many recorded stories about the history and life of the Stahmann family in Southern New Mexico, very little has been written about the families who worked the farm and who contributed to their multimillion-dollar fortune and enterprises. In May 2016, Dr. Araujo and her team began collecting oral histories from living survivors who once worked and lived in the Stahmann Farms community. A specific focus has been learning about the intergenerational impact that working in the farms has had on at least three generations.