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History Scholarships

The study of history involves the people, places and events that comprise our collective past. This is a major for those that like to read and write. You'll need to like both these activities because you'll be doing an awful lot of them. Fortunately, there are plenty of history scholarships available to help ease the burden. Continue reading to find out more.

As a history major, you'll be required to select a concentration for your studies. These concentrations can include time periods (for example, Russia under the Romanovs); geographical regions (French history) and intellectual history (the history of print culture). In most programs you'll work closely with an academic advisor to devise a schedule of courses that satisfies both your interests as well as the requirements of your institution. 

Most history degree programs feature a foreign language requirement. Also, many programs have a study-abroad program where you spend a semester in another country, seeing the distant past in a new vital context. Lower-level courses tend to be more general, covering broad topics such as Western civilization. By the time you get to the upper level courses, you begin to specialize and focus your studies. These courses are often seminars featuring small class sizes and plenty of interaction between professor and students.

If you want to continue your education beyond the bachelor's degree level, there are a host of options. Graduate history degree programs allow you to continue your exploration of a particular subject in great detail. A doctoral degree is generally needed to teach history at the college level. However, a master's is often sufficient for teaching at the secondary level (along with the appropriate teaching certification).

Along with continuing your historical studies at the graduate level, this major can also be the pathway to a range of careers. Because the study of history encourages critical reading and thinking skills, it is an excellent degree for those interested in careers in government service, law, business and many other professions.

Follow the links below to find out more about history scholarships. 

The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship

This fellowship, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University, was established by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and Friends of Columbia University in honor of Michael Sovern's chairmanship of the Academy board from 1993 to 2005. It enables a member of the Columbia community to spend six weeks in residence at the Academy.

Toni and Alex Horowitz Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Jewish studies, political science or history. 2. Must be a junior or senior student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. 4. Students will write a one to three page essay discussing why they wish to focus on Jewish Studies and what they plan to do upon graduation. 5. Students must be actively involved in community service within the Jewish Community and shall write an essay in regard to their involvement. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Director of the Jewish Studies Program ((562) 985-4423) for more information and an application form.

Joseph Näwahï Scholarship

GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY  Minimum GPA 3.2  Graduate student at an accredited institution in the state of Hawai`i  Pursuing Hawaiian studies, Hawaiian politics, Law (specific to Hawaiian legal issues), or Communications/Journalism (specific to Hawaiian history, culture and politics)  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation; one from a teacher or counselor and one from a community organization who can comment on your overall character, achievement and contribution to serve the greater community  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship

This fellowship, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University, was established by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and Friends of Columbia University in honor of Michael Sovern's chairmanship of the Academy board from 1993 to 2005. It enables a member of the Columbia community to spend six weeks in residence at the Academy.

The Rasmussen Scholarship

Eligibility: History Major • One letter of recommendation from CSU Stanislaus faculty member or advisor• Financial need required GPA: 3.00

Bruce Gelsinger Endowment

College of Social Sciences - History This scholarship is designated for students in the field of European History, with particular consideration to medieval history or Scandinavian Studies, including Iceland. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.5 in major.

Lester London Award

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a history degree. 2. Must be graduate student. 3. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.mensafoundation.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home1 for more information and an application form.

Homer David Kahilialau and Thelma Mabara Burge, Sr. Scholarship

 Minimum GPA 3.2 or above  Hawai`i resident  Demonstrate financial need  Pursuing a degree in Hawaiian Studies – cultural, music and language  Attending a University of Hawai`i system campus  Two letters of recommendation from people who can comment on your overall character, achievement and contribution to serve the greater community  A statement on why you are enrolling in Hawaiian studies and what you hope to gain from it  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Reese Fellowship

The Reese Fellowship supports bibliographical research and projects in the history of the book in American culture. The fellowship is funded by the William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut. Criteria Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections. Stipend $1,850 per month

Veva Stimits Memorial History Scholarship

Recipient must be an upper division or graduate FHSU student majoring in History with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

ISF-ICCNC Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing scholarship programs to students of their community. ISF is honored to host the scholarship program of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, ICCNC. The ISF-ICCNC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with ICCNC. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

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