Oliver Turner Ivey Scholarship

Oliver Turner Ivey

Oliver Turner Ivey was a native of Monroe County, Alabama. He attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute in the 1920s as a student of George Petrie. After completing the MA at the University of Chicago, he returned to Auburn to teach in 1928, where he continued until his retirement, except for service during World War II in the Pacific. Ivey married Carolyn Lawson, a successful novelist, and from their large farm at Smith Station worked toward racial equality and the end of segregation. Ivey was a celebrated teacher, famous for courses in Ancient History as well as in China and Japan. His conception of history and his courses were based on what he called a “cultural approach to history” that attempted to integrate intellectual, social, and cultural factors into a balanced presentation that also included politics, war, and international relations. Following his retirement from Auburn, Turner worked as a consultant/advisor to the State Department of Education in the area of secondary school curriculum development in the social sciences.

The scholarship carries with it a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray tuition costs.


  • The applicant must be an undergraduate enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and majoring in History.
  • The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have completed at least the core history sequence.
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need as verified by the Office of Financial Aid. If a student with financial need cannot be identified, the financial need criterion may be waived.


Apply for this scholarship using Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM).

For more information

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Matt Malczycki

Matt Malczycki

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Thach 306B
(334) 844-7638
Office Hours: By appointment only

Last Updated: February 27, 2018