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What is a Nau Scholar?

Our Nau scholar program began in 2013, thanks to John Nau's generous investment in our students. From that, UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) History has forged a department that celebrates an unparalleled diversity of students- from traditional first-time college students to those who returned to academia after starting families, completing military service, or have simply recommitted themselves to their education after a break.  Our scholars bridge the divide between geographic, racial, ethnic, generational, and socio-economic borders.

Nau Scholars- past and present- have become a true family of undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for History.  Through commitment to learning and excellence, they dedicate themselves to advancing historical research and understanding. It is this standard of excellence that is rewarded through our Nau Scholars program.  The UTSA History department is pleased to offer undergraduate research awards, first year graduate research awards, and graduate research assistantships to select students committed to academic excellence, historical research, and the continuation of education in History. 

Who is John Nau?

John L. Nau, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the Nation's largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and has been instrumental in bringing a top-rated program specializing in Civil War History to UVA.  He currently serves on the Board of Visitors, a position appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is based out of Houston, Texas.

Mr. Nau's commitment to service and passion for history is unmistakable through his wide arc of civic, community, and philanthropic endeavors in Houston and throughout the country.  His current involvement includes Vice Chairman of the National Parks Foundation Board of Directors; Civil War Trust Board of Directors; Chairman Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees; Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute; Director  and Executive Committee member of   the Greater Houston Partnership; and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies.

He also serves as a Board Member for the Center for Houston’s Future, Discovery Green Conservancy, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation, The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and The Texas State Historical Association.  Additionally, he is Chairman of the Capital Campaign for The Center for Texas Cultural Heritage and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. He is founder and President of The Nau Foundation.  [Source: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History]


The impact that John Nau has had on students of History can be felt across the country, and at UTSA, we count ourselves fortunate for the support he has given our program. Since 2012, John Nau's generosity has funded 65 student scholarships at UTSA, giving undergraduate and graduate students unparalleled opportunities to further advance understanding of local, national, and international issues of historical significance. 


See more about the impact John Nau has had on education

2017 Gilder Lehrman Institute Honoree: John L. Nau, III

from The Gilder Lehrman Institute on Vimeo.



UTSA Nau Scholars

2022-2023 Nau Undergraduate Research Award in History

Laura Aubry

Michael Santos

Faith Mason

Alen Chestnut

Alejandra Gomez

Taylor West

Alexander Main


2022-2023 Year 1 Nau Graduate Research Award

D’Ago Morales-Ferrari

Ona Powell

Valinda Lewis

Mufarrah Mohiuddin

James Morales


2022-2023 Nau Graduate Research Fellowship in History

Brianna Dzierzanowski

Allexandra Fambles

Rebecca Gonzalez

Adam Hasewinkle


2021-2022 Year 1 Nau Graduate Research Award

Adam Hasewinkle (SP22)

Rebecca Gonzalez

Andrea Varga

Miguel Santos


2021-2022 Nau Graduate Research Fellowship in History

Monica Palacios

Cristobal Lopez

Michael Gray


2021-2022 Nau Undergraduate Research Award in History

Lacy Tull

Alejandra Gonzales (FA21)

Sia Paulsen

Christopher Garcia


Showcase Events

2nd Annual Nau History Scholars Symposium, October 28th, 2022


Inaugural Nau History Scholars Symposium, October 23rd, 2021

Since 2014, funds from John Nau III have allowed top students at UTSA’s Department of History to prosper as scholars and historians. The UTSA Master’s in History Program encourages research in history, with at least two of our Nau Scholars annually researching Texas history and 19th Century U.S. Civil War history. With the renewal of funding from our generous donor in 2020, we decided to hold an annual symposium featuring Nau Scholars currently enrolled--and one or more of our former Nau Scholars (currently enrolled in doctoral programs) at an annual presentation of research. We hoped to highlight how our program nurtures and promotes historical research and to encourage more scholars to enroll and promote the historical values associated with the Nau Scholarships.

- Dr. Catherine Clinton


Keynote Speaker Teri Castillo, UTSA History Graduate Program Alumni, Nau History Scholar, and City of San Antonio Councilwomen


Inaugural Nau History Scholars Symposium Presenters

Cristobal Lopez

Krystel Orta-Puente

Rebecca Gonzalez

Megan Michelac

Monica Palacios

David Barnds

Michael Gray

Andrea VargaLaura Navaez


*Presenters covered topics on Texas History, Civil War History and Global History



Inaugural John L. Nau III Conference on Texas History, March 24th, 2022



Keynote Speaker Monica Muñoz Martinez, PhD, 2021 MacArthur Fellow


Inaugural John L. Nau III Conference on Texas History Presenters

Joseph Lee Locke, PhD

Chelsea Stallings

Jessica Luther Rummel

Justin Randolph, PhD

John Weber, PhD

Jose Luis Cano Jr.

Briana Salas

Brianna Nofil, PhD

Christopher Ndubuizu, MPH, CHES

Jeff Littlejohn, PhD

Antonio Vasquez, PhD

Stephanie Jensen, M.Ed.



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