Financial assistance to upperclassman students majoring in history is available each semester and summer through funds provided by the Childress Family Foundation. Amounts of individual awards, generally limited to modest sums, are designed to assist the student to meet a particular or unexpected situation and will be determined by the availability of funds and the circumstances of each applicant.
Childress Fellowships are awarded to:
- Full-time regular students
- Who are juniors, seniors, or graduate students
- Majoring in history or social studies education.
- Registered for a minimum of six semester hours of course work in history (including social studies methods and student teaching) during the semester for which aid is sought.
Eligibility is not determined by previous course grades or grade averages but preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated sound academic ability and accomplishment. Similarly, specific career or academic objectives (such as teaching or pursuit of advanced degrees) are not required but the applicant's apparent potential for reaching his or her goals will be considered.
Application forms are available online now, and applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation with their completed application. One of the letters must be from a member of the Department of History.
Fellowships may be used to meet all or part of tuition costs, to help in the purchase of text books and other required books, and to meet other special expenses of an academic or scholarly nature. Funds under this program are not available for personal needs (such as food, housing, or transportation) and cannot be allocated for unspecified purposes or uses. Assistance is handled in general by budget transfers within the university. For example, the History Department might arrange to pay directly all or part of a tuition bill or a bookstore bill when receipts are presented. No cash is generally disbursed directly to individuals under this program.