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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.

Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship Fund

The Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of their mother and to honor Byron L. Reppert’s then 80th Birthday by his four daughters and their extended families. The scholarship is to encourage and recognize two senior students (one Girl and one Boy) from the Mechanicsburg Area School Districtwho demonstrate good citizenship and actively exhibit an interest in political science, history, horticulture or journalism. This scholarship is an endowment fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.Selection criteriaScholarship applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:1. Applicant must have an interest in political science or horticulture (i.e. participation in student council or local government, or in horticultural activities such as 4-H, local garden clubs, etc.)2. Applicant must be in the top one-third of their graduating class3. Applicant must be accepted to an accredited college or university4. Applicant must demonstrate good citizenship within the school and local community5. Applicant must complete an essay explaining how they meet the above mentioned criteria, one page, 12 pt font, double spaced6. Applicant with financial need is given consideration

T.K. Fitzgerald Graduate Scholarship

College of Social Science - History, Economics, Sociology Graduate students (minimum half time course load) doing research in economic history or socio-economics with major concentration in history, economics, sociology or related fields.

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)

Edith E. Smith Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - History History major interested in pursuing a career in elementary/secondary education. Overall GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major.

ISF-MCC Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCC Scholarship of the Muslim Community Center East Bay, MCC. The ISF-MCC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCC. 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.

James H. High Memorial Fellowship

College of Social Sciences - History Must be an upper division/graduate student in the field of American history, with an overall GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.5 in major.

Junior Fellowships

Junior Fellowships support students of history, philosophy, or religion who are at the writing stage of a doctoral dissertation in Byzantine studies. Eligible fields include the late Roman and early Christian periods, as well as the Middle Ages. Applicants must have passed all examinations prior to writing the dissertation and have a working knowledge of Latin and Greek. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $900, housing, a research allowance, and a dependent allowance of $1,900 if applicable. Dumbarton Oaks 1793 32nd Street NW Washington, DC 20007 Phone :(202) 339-6410

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing study in the areas of public policy, American history, economics, archival management, or government. 2. Must be a graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. 4. All or part of the award must be used to pursue research projects within the Dumke Collection and other collections housed within the CSU archives at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento, or other special collections within the CSU system. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship may pick up an application form from the Center for Scholarship Information ((562) 985-2549; mailto:scholarships@csulb.edu; USU-108).

The Bonita M. Cox Award for Classical and Medieval Studies

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature To encourage interest in classical and medieval studies by sponsoring an annual essay contest for students matriculated for six or more semesters at SJSU during the semester the award is given. An annual essay contest in classical and medieval studies.

Congressional Research Grants

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant. What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest. See website for more information.

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