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The Mississippi Historical Society invites nominations for The John K. Bettersworth Award for an outstanding History Teacher.

The John K. Bettersworth Award is given annually to an outstanding teacher of middle school or high school history in Mississippi.  The winning teacher receives a $300 cash award, is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society as the Society’s guest, and is provided a complimentary one-year membership in the Society.

The award memorializes John K. Bettersworth, the distinguished historian and author who served as professor and administrator at Mississippi State University for almost forty years.  Dr. Bettersworth also served as president of the Mississippi Historical Society and as a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History.


Nominations may be submitted electronically using the Bettersworth Award online form, or by mail using the printable Bettersworth Award nomination form (PDF).  Teachers may nominate themselves.  All application materials must be completed online or postmarked by regular mail on or before December 1 to:

Bettersworth Award Committee
Mississippi Historical Society
P. O. Box 571
Jackson, MS  39205-0571
Phone:  (601) 576-6545

The deadline for nominations is December 1 annually.

Note: Nominations submitted this year but not selected for the prize will be reconsidered for two more years.  Nominees may submit additional materials each year.