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OHA establishes annual Cliff Kuhn scholarship

The Oral History Association has established a new annual scholarship to honor the legacy of Clifford Kuhn, OHA’s first Executive Director and a history professor at Georgia State University who passed away unexpectedly in November of 2015. The scholarship is for participation at the OHA annual conference, and will be awarded for the first time in 2017.

In the words of an OHA colleague, “Cliff brought high energy, unfailing good humor and generosity, and a larger-than-life personality to everything he did, whether it was welcoming new oral historians to our organization, coaching his sons’ soccer teams, advocating for oral history in front of academic organizations and funding agencies, or making all of the communities he belonged to more democratic, egalitarian, and just.”

Cliff was passionate about teaching and learning, and he supported students in every way. He was very appreciative of the OHA scholarship program that provides travel stipends for students and scholars to attend the annual meeting. OHA offers more than $10,000 in travel funding each year to a large and diverse group of applicants. Kuhn felt that the annual conference introduced students to the broad scope of oral history, sharing ideas and connections that they could use in their future work.

The scholarship recognizes his dedication to students, and will be awarded to an outstanding student – at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level — selected from OHA’s scholarship applicant pool. The Cliff Kuhn scholarship recipient will receive complimentary conference registration, a $500 travel stipend, and recognition in OHA program materials.

Scholarship applications for presenters and non-presenters to attend the 2017 annual meeting in Minneapolis are posted at Scholarships.

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