History Department

Department Scholarships

Hard work deserves recognition. In our department, students who work hard and demonstrate that through academic success have been recipients of scholarships available in our department.

We encourage any student who has a strong academic record to apply for our scholarships.  These scholarships are not solely based on a student's grade point average, but also take into consideration letters of recommendation and, in some cases, a student's essay.  Student's are required to major in history or social studies education to be eligible for these scholarships.

Scholarships are awards that do not have to be repaid and can be used for tuition, books, or others expenses that the scholarships mention.  If you are selected for a scholarship, you will have the honor of being recognized in front of your peers and faculty during the Honors and Recognitions Ceremony, held annually in the spring.

Graduate students are also encouraged to apply as we have a variety of scholarships that are specifically for them as well as graduate assistantship opportunities. 

In addition, the department also awards a few scholarships based on the student's grade point average.  These do not have have an application process and are awards based on the student's GPA alone. The students will be notified if they meet the requirements of these scholarships.

Scholarships that Require Applications

Incoming Freshman can apply for the Stephen J and Beatrice Brademas Memorial Scholarship and/or the Dr. T. M. Anderson Scholarship.  Eligible students will be notified and given the opportunity to apply.  The Anderson Scholarship is for history or social studies education majors who have also been admitted into the Honors College.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors can apply for the John and Therese Weakland Scholarship.  This scholarship requires a minimum 3.2 GPA and first preference will be given to a female student.

The Jack Walker Scholarship is available to students who have completed 12 hours in history, including History 201 and at least one course numbered 300 and above. They also must have an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and submit a 500 word essay.

Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students can apply for the Childress Fellowship.

Any Senior planning on attending Graduate School to study history or current Graduate students can apply for the Dwight W. Hoover Scholarship.

Scholarships without Applications

The Althea Stoeckel, N. Merrill Rippy, Lester Schmidt, Robert A. LaFollette, and Lawrence Birken scholarships are presented to the student with the highest GPA for each academic class.

At the beginning of the fall semester, the two juniors and two seniors with the highest overall GPA will be eligible for the Lawrence and Mabel Hurst Scholarship. 

Graduate students who apply for Graduate Assistantships but are not selected will become eligible for the Richard W. and Dorothy J Burkhardt Scholarship.  The recipient will be chosen based on the student's academic record.