The American Studies Program offers two prizes to majors each year. Both carry the name of Charles W. Bassett, who established the major at Colby in 1971.


Phi Beta Kappa/Charles Bassett Award in American Studies

A total of $1000 is awarded to one or more majors to help defray the cost of conducting research and/or attending professional meetings in the field. This gift was endowed in honor of Charles and Caroline Bassett and is overseen by the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Colby. Learn more about recent recipients of the award and how to apply in 2019-2020.


Charles W. Bassett Prize in American Studies

This prize honors Bassett’s intellectual vision and his memory as a beloved teacher at Colby. Each spring it is awarded to one or more graduating seniors for outstanding achievement in the major. Recent recipients include:

2020: Louisa Goldman
2019: E Hopf
2018: Kat Restrepo and Isabel Friedman
2017: Gianna Nappi and Aliza Van Leesten
2016: Lydia Nicholson
2015: Katie Daigle and Shadey Trinidad
2014: James Kim and Anna Mintz
2013: Jess Villella
2012: Nicole Sintetos
2011: Barbara Santos and Anne Wardwell
2010: Dell Perez