In honor of John E. Weakland and Therese E. Weakland, who pursued a lifelong interest in the study of history. Professor Weakland taught courses on medieval history and the Renaissance and Reformation, and he spent time abroad as the Director of the Ball State London Centre.  He also began the public history program at Ball State and served as Department Chair and Assistant Chair for the Department of History.  

Therese Weakland was an educator as well.  She taught French in Shaker Heights, Ohio and at Monroe Central High School.  This scholarship was established in his name by former students as a tribute to these two educators committed to their community.


The John and Therese Weakland Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are majoring either in history or social studies education.  

They must also meet the following requirements:

  • Sophomore, junior, or senior academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • First preference will be given to a female; however, if there are no eligible female candidates, the scholarship may be awarded to a male.

Application forms are available online now.  Students must submit the completed application and two letters of recommendation.