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AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program - Funded by one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union, the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program provides a 10-week summer field placement with a $4,000 stipend and $5,000 scholarship to passionate activists interested in a career in the labor movement. Eligible students of color must be majoring in Labor Studies, American Studies, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Work, or Public Policy, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be a second-semester sophomore or junior.
ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest - Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), the George Watt Memorial Essay Contest is open to graduate and undergraduate U.S. students who submit a 3,500 to 7,500-word essay about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, or the contributions of the Americans who fought in support of the Spanish Republic. Work will be judged on the basis of originality, effectiveness of argument, and quality of research.
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship - Each year, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship program awards a monthly stipend of $1,850 with housing to graduate and doctoral history majors who are participating on research projects related to the eighteenth century of American history. In order to be eligible for the funding, candidates must submit an online application, current CV description of proposed project, a one-page bibliography of relevant literature, and at least two letters of recommendation.
Bolton-Cutter Prize - Administered by the Western History Association, the Bolton-Cutter Prize is awarded annually for the best article submitted on any phase of the history of the Borderlands, from the Floridas to the Californias, from the 16th century to the present. In order to win the $500 prize and get the article published in the Western Historical Quarterly, authors must include broad essays on the synthesis of major political, economic, cultural, and social developments on the chosen peoples, movements, or institutions.
Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship - Established by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship is granted annually for up to $5,000 to students at participating member U.S. institutions who are majoring in the areas of American Studies, Art, Social Sciences, History, International Studies, or Anthropology. Eligible undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate financial need.
CIRI Foundation Heritage Project Grants With the goal of promoting individual self-development through education on the heritage of Alaskan Natives, the CIRI Foundation Heritage Project Grants are offered annually for up to $6,000 to college students involved in educational projects or research that involve studying the history, ethnology, anthropology, philosophy, and culture of the Alaskan Natives in the Cook Inlet Region. Qualified researchers who are Alaska residents must submit an application, proposal description, project timeline, detailed budget, and three letters of support.
Dorothy Ezell DuPree Scholarship - Annually, the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation grants the Dorothy Ezell DuPree Scholarship to Jefferson County graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to attend a four-year accredited institution in the United States with a major in English, Library Science, or History. Along with the application, students applying for the $1,000 scholarship must submit an official transcript, copy of parents’ most recent federal income tax returns, two letters of recommendation from unrelated sources, and a one-page personal statement.
Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Jobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship - Created by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Jobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of at least 24 credit hours in American History or American Government. In order to be eligible for the renewable $2,000 award for up to four years, qualified candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and be enrolled full-time at any accredited U.S. institution.
Finnish American Social Club Scholarship - Administered by the Greater Worchester Community Foundation (GWCF), the Finnish American Social Club Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to Worcester County graduating high school seniors of Finnish heritage who will be pursuing an accredited undergraduate degree in History, Political Science, or Economics in Massachusetts. Eligible candidates for the up to $5,000 scholarship must attach a financial statement, official high school transcript, recommendation letter, resume, and one-page essay on career plans.
Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Student Scholarship - The Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society offers the Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Student Scholarship to outstanding student members entering the fall semester of their senior year who are majoring in Modern European History from 1815 to present. In order to qualify for the $1,000 scholarship, applicants must submit an official copy of the undergraduate transcript, a current resume, three letters of recommendation, and a signed letter from the department chair confirming the student is not enrolled in an online degree program.
James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program - For graduate students who are pursuing a master’s degree to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level, the James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program provides $24,000 to one candidate per state to participate in the foundation’s four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution at Georgetown University. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, be actively pursuing a career as a teacher of American History for grades 7-12, and already possess a bachelor’s degree.
J. E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship - Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society award the J.E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship to exemplary students who are currently pursuing a course of graduate study in the field of historic preservation at any accredited institution within the United States. For consideration for the $2,000 one-time award, qualified applicants must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher, be enrolled on a full-time basis, demonstrate financial need, and exhibit leadership potential for advanced interests in history.
League of World War I Aviation Historians Mike Carr Student Paper Competition - As a non-profit organization that publishes the quarterly journal “Over the Front,” the League of World War I Aviation Historians hosts the annual Mike Carr Student Paper Competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from any U.S. accredited institution who compose an original essay on some aspect of aviation during the 1914-1918 World War I years. Papers must be at least ten and no more than 20 double-spaced pages with a comprehensive list of primary source references.
Marion Maccarell Scott Scholarship - Established by the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 to graduates of any public high school in Hawaii who are planning to attend any accredited institution on the mainland full-time with a major in Geography, Anthropology, Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, submit a one-page personal statement on international understanding, and demonstrate a commitment to achieving world peace.
National Foundation for Women Legislators Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest - Each year, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) hosts a nationwide Bill of Rights Essay Contest to award seven female high school juniors or seniors with a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the foundation’s national conference. Female applicants must submit an essay contest verification form, two copies of the 400 to 600-word essay on public policies for women, and a letter from a sponsoring female state legislator.
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia Scholarships - Sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Georgia Trust provides two annual scholarships for $1,500 each to outstanding graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in the study of American History with the goal of working in historic preservation. Qualified applicants must be legal residents of Georgia and be accepted for full-time enrollment at an accredited Georgia institution.
Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program- Annually, the Archeological Institute of America offers the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program to graduate students who are enrolled in an approved Archeology, Architecture, Classics, History, or Sculpture program and are interested in studying in Greece, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, Southern Italy, Asia Minor, or Mesopotamia. Preference for the $25,000 fellowship funding will be given to U.S. citizens who are AIA members and are currently engaged in dissertation research to receive their Ph.D. degree in one of these majors.
Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship - At Missouri State University, the Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship is granted for $1,500 to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs who are majoring in history with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All eligible candidates must submit a one-page personal statement outlining his or her related experience and interests in history. Preference will be given to students interested in the Civil War or military history and to those who demonstrate financial need.
Redlands Republican Women’s Club Fund Scholarship - Sponsored by the San Bernardino County Federation of Republican Women (FRW), the Redlands Republican Women’s Club Fund Scholarship is awarded to registered members who are graduating from a two-year college or finishing the second year of a four-year university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Qualified candidates must be planning to continue their studies in the fields of Political Science, American History, Civics, Government, or Communications with evidence of leadership potential.
Richard Gilder Scholarship - Within the Department of History at the University of Michigan, the Richard Gilder Scholarship has been created in honor of the Wall Street stockbroker to annually award $1,000 to an outstanding UM student who has completed at least 90 credit hours with an undergraduate major in History. Preference for the one-time award will be given to applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher whose coursework indicates an emphasis on pursuing a profession related to American History.
Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship - In honor of an eminent naval and maritime historian who won the Pulitzer Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship is awarded annually for $5,000 to one active-duty commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps who is pursuing graduate study in History, International Relations, or a related field. Selection for the award is based on relevance of study to U.S. naval history, demonstrated professional performance, high academic qualifications, and leadership potential.
Truman A. Warner Scholarship - Established in memory of Western Connecticut State University’s late Professor Emertius, the Truman A. Warner Scholarship is awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled at the university with junior-level standing and a major in History, American Studies, or Social Sciences. Qualified candidates of the scholarship must demonstrate significant academic achievement, a breadth of intellectual interest related to historical events, and considerable service to the campus community.
Western Civilization Fellowship Program - With the mission of addressing our culture’s loss of memory in the history of the West, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers the Western Civilization Fellowship Program to grant $20,000 to full-time U.S. graduate students who are interested in conducting work related to the Western Civilization Studies. Eligible candidates are required to submit an original ten-page essay, one-page outline of prior education, three-page autobiography, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Fellowships- Annually, the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research awards up to 32 fellowships for graduate students and doctoral scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, philosophy, or religion. Along with the application, qualified candidates must supply at least three references, a comprehensive resume on professional/academic background, and a statement for proposed research.
Withers Scholars Scholarship - Within the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), the Withers Scholars Scholarship is granted to junior and senior-level students who are currently enrolled full-time with an academic major in Education, History, Political Science, English, Communications, or Theater. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled in at least 12 semester credits, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and demonstrate exemplary service to the community and society.
Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship - Through the Willa Cather Foundation, the Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship awards $500 annually to graduating high school seniors who plan to major in English or history. Eligible candidates must reside within Nebraska, be incoming freshmen at regionally accredited U.S. colleges, display intellectual promise, and showcase creativity. The four-page application must include a 1,500-word essay in MLA format discussing the characters, themes, and lessons in Cather’s novel My Antonia.
B. Phinizy Spalding Scholarship - Each year, the Georgia Trust grants two $1,000 scholarships for history majors, including the B. Phinizy Spalding Scholarship. Qualified recipients must be enrolled full-time as freshmen at accredited colleges in Georgia, demonstrate sincere commitment to historic preservation, intend to remain in-state after graduation, have academic merit, and exhibit leadership ability. Finished applications must include proof of registration, an official transcript, resume of preservation-related experience, and three recommendation letters.
Christopher W. Keyser Scholarship - Created by the Keyser Law, P.A. firm in Minneapolis, the Christopher W. Keyser Scholarship presents $1,000 to undergraduate students nationwide who are working towards a legal career with majors in criminal justice, history, political science, pre-law, and related fields. Eligible applicants should be attending an accredited four-year U.S. college and intend to enroll in ABA-accredited law schools after graduation. Selection is based on a 2,000 to 3,000-word essay responding to assigned legal topics.
F. Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship - Since 1998, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) has funded the F. Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship to bestow $10,000 upon graduate students majoring in archival studies, historic preservation, history, or museum studies. Meritorious applicants should be affiliated with accredited U.S. graduate schools, have outstanding academic records, hold SAA membership, and intend to become archivists. Completed applications must include an official transcript, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference letter.
Finnish American Social Club Scholarship - The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) grants the Finnish American Social Club Scholarship annually for $1,000 to graduating high school seniors of Finnish descent who are enrolling full-time in bachelor’s programs for history, political science, or economics. To qualify, candidates must reside in central Massachusetts’ Worcester County, be entering any accredited U.S. college this fall, possess a cumulative GPA above 2.5, and demonstrate unmet financial need.
Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Scholarship - Sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, the Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Scholarship gifts $1,000 every year to exemplary student members who are entering their senior year of an on-campus bachelor’s program for studying modern European history from 1815 to present. Three copies of the application are required with official transcripts, a resume or CV, a letter from the History Department chair, and three references.
Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship - The Archaeological Institute of America offers the Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship for $5,000 to graduate students in archaeology, history, Classics, and related fields who are taking on scholarly research projects pertaining to the Aegean Bronze Age. Interested AIA members must be U.S. or Canadian citizens, be actively pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree at an accredited North American university, and demonstrate academic merit. Priority is given to projects involving travel to the Mediterranean.
Helen James Brewer Scholarship - Valued at $1,000, the Helen James Brewer Scholarship is awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) to descendants of Confederate soldiers or marines who are enrolling full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate program for studying history or literature. Residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia may apply. Eligibility criteria requires being a U.S. citizen, attaining a minimum GPA of 3.0, and being endorsed by a Chapter President.
Henry Salvatori Graduate Fellowships - Annually, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) grants two Henry Salvatori Graduate Fellowships for $10,000 apiece to U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time in an accredited master’s or doctoral program related to the American Founding, especially history. Interested ISI members can apply by submitting three academic recommendations, official transcripts, a 10-page writing sample, one-page curriculum vitae, and 2,500-word essay describing the significance of the American Founding in the evolution of the free society.
Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship - The Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship is one of the scholarships for history majors available through the Coordinating Council for Women in History. For this $1,000 award, eligible CCWH members must be doctoral candidates, have passed to A.B.D. status, be affiliated with an accredited United States university, demonstrate financial need, submit a current CV, and devote their historical dissertation to investigating matters of race or gender.
J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship - The American Historical Association (AHA) grants the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship for $5,000 annually to late-stage doctoral and post-doctoral students who hold a PhD in history from an accredited U.S. institution. Chosen fellows benefit from spending two to three months full-time in residence at the Library of Congress to spark their academic career in history. Graduate students studying history could also receive the $1,000 Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant or $1,000 Albert J. Beveridge Grant.
james Madison Memorial Junior Fellowships - Aspiring educators wishing to teach American history, social studies, or government to secondary students in grades 7-12 could receive up to $24,000 from the James Madison Memorial Junior Fellowships. Qualified fellows must be U.S. citizens, have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree, intend to complete a master’s degree in history or teaching in two years full-time, undertake at least 12 credits of constitutional study, and participate in the foundation’s four-week Summer Institute.
King V. Hostick Scholarships - To honor the late manuscript dealer, the Illinois State Historical Society has created the $5,000 King V. Hostick Scholarships for history majors writing doctoral dissertations interrogating some aspect of Illinois history. Interested graduate students must be enrolled in an accredited PhD program, have unmet financial need, display research competence, and submit a maximum six-page research proposal with a historiography. Preference is given to candidates studying historical documents in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Lucinda Beneventi Findley History Scholarship - The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) administers the Lucinda Beneventi Findley History Scholarship to provide one-time $2,000 awards to deserving high school seniors who are pursuing their advanced interest in history. Suitable applicants must work towards a bachelor’s degree full-time, attend an accredited four-year college in the United States, and achieve a minimum grade point of average of 3.25. Graduate history majors also qualify for the $2,500 DAR Centennial Scholarship.
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship Program - In 2017, the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship Program will award $20,000 for extraordinary female graduate students who are studying Greek literature, language, history, or archaeology. The Phi Beta Kappa Society seeks women who are pursuing a doctorate with A.B.D. status, between 25 and 35 years old, unmarried, affiliated with an accredited university anywhere worldwide, and devoted to full-time research work. Applications must include a detailed dissertation proposal, including budget.
NFWL-NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarships - The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) partners with the National Rifle Association (NRA) annually to host a Bill of Rights Essay Contest that presents six $3,000 scholarships for history majors. Eligible participants must be female college-bound high school juniors and seniors who plan to enroll full-time at accredited U.S. institutions. Judges carefully review 400 to 600-word essays concerning the milestone 19th Amendment and its importance to American democracy.
Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarships - As the nation’s history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta grants four Doctoral Scholarships annually for $850 to $1,000 to advanced graduate students who are completing a PhD in history and its sub-specialties. Successful applicants must be verified Phi Alpha Theta members, attend regionally accredited U.S. universities, have passed their department’s qualifying exam by February 15th, submit a dissertation prospectus, and show dedication to careers in academia.
Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship - Carrying a $5,500 stipend, the Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship is proudly granted by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to outstanding doctoral students who have devoted their dissertation research to American Jewish history, especially the Jewish labor movement. The three-month program includes studying at the YIVO Library and delivering a college lecture. History majors interested in Jewish culture must attend an accredited U.S. university to apply.
Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship - Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning maritime historian, the Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship presents $5,000 annually by the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). Active duty commissioned officers of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps who are undertaking graduate study in history, military history, international relations, or related areas are eligible. Candidates must display high academic qualifications, leadership potential, and exemplary military service.
William G. Saletic Scholarship Fund - The Independent Colleges of Washington established the William G. Saletic Scholarship Fund to award $1,000 each year to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in history or political studies. Qualified recipients must attend an ICW member college full-time, such as Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Seattle University, and Pacific Lutheran University. Applications must include a one-page resume, unofficial transcript, financial aid form, and 3,000-word character essay.
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William G. Saletic Scholarship- $1,000 Scholarships for history majors.
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