Westerners International Awards

Each year Westerners International conducts an award and scholarship program, with the Awards Ceremony taking place in the fall. In 2018, awards will be given out at the Sept 14-15 Westerners Rendezvous and Gather at the Home Ranch in Canyon, Texas. We hope you can come! Postmark deadline for award entries is April 15, 2018. Hard copies of entry forms are sent to corral and posse representatives on Feb 1, 2018, and can also be downloaded from the website. To enter you must be a member of Westerners and your corral must be in current standing for 2018. Please send in your materials; we love to award good work on the American West!

Co-Founders Award Best Book Award
This award honors Westerners founders, Leland D. Case and Elmo Scott Watson and is given to the best book on a Western topic. Anthologies, or reprints of material published prior to the award year are not eligible, unless substantially revised, containing significant new material, and/or evidencing current research.

The "Coke" Wood Award
In cooperation with the E Clampus Vitus chapters in the San Francisco area, this award, honoring the late Coke Wood, goes to the best published monograph or article dealing with Western American history based on individual research, personal knowledge, or family records. The monograph or article can be published by a university or commercial press, a historical society, the author, or a corral or posse.

The Philip A. Danielson Award
The Danielson Award is given for the best presentation or program delivered to a corral or posse during the year by a member of Westerners. This award encourages members to do research or otherwise prepare a program and then share their interest and knowledge with fellow Westerners.

The Heads Up Awards
In this category, three separate awards are given. One is given to a larger corral, one to a smaller corral, and another to a foreign corral. Judging is on programs, membership, publications, activities, and community contributions.

The Fred Olds Poetry Award
This award recognizes outstanding contemporary cowboy poetry in the tradition of Badger Clark, S. Omar Barker, and other great western poets, sponsored by Indian Territory Posse of Oklahoma Westerners.

Phi Alpha Theta Award for Best Dissertation
One $1,000 award is given to a graduate student member of Phi Alpha Theta for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Western History.

Westerners Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence
A scholarship award of $1,000 goes to a student member of a Westerners corral or posse that is affiliated with and institute of higher learning. Selection is based on both leadership and scholarship.

Annual Awards