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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.

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.

The Rasmussen Scholarship

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

Campbell Family Scholarship

Must be juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in History with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Dwayne “Nakila” Steele Scholarship

 Demonstrate interest in the Hawaiian language, culture and history in addition to a commitment to contribute to the greater community  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation; one from a teacher or counselor and one from a community organization or other citing how the applicant is working toward perpetuating the Hawaiian language  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Full-time status, unless specifically noted • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation. 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.

Rozsi and Jeno Zisovich Jewish Studies Scholarship

General Purpose: To provide scholarships to help Jewish or non-Jewish students who hope to pursue careers which will include teaching the Holocaust to future generations to pursue collegiate and/or graduate studies in Holocaust education. Criteria: Financial need. Geographic Limitations: San Francisco, San Mateo, northern Santa Clara, Marin and Sonoma counties.

Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government

The Dirksen Center sponsors the LaHood Scholarships to promote the study of politics and governance as practiced by the distinguished public servants who have represented Illinois's 18th district in Congress, a list which includes Abraham Lincoln, Everett Dirksen, Robert H. Michel, Ray LaHood and, currently, Congressman Aaron Schock. The purpose of the LaHood Scholarships is to provide financial support for tuition, fees, and books to Bradley University juniors who are majoring in a discipline related to The Dirksen Center's purpose and interest or in a subject related to the study of the federal government. The program is managed by The Institute for Principled Leadership. The LaHoods endowed the program with a series of donations to The Dirksen Congressional Center beginning in 2005. Who is Qualified to Apply? In order to be considered for a LaHood Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements: They are a junior in good standing who will enter their senior year of study in a field related to the study of the U.S. government (e.g., political science, public administration, American studies, U.S. history). They attend Bradley University. They have a Grade Point Average (on a four-point scale) of at least 3.5 overall and 3.5 in their major. They agree to write a 250-word evaluation of the impact of their scholarship before the end of their senior year. They agree to meet with Ray or Kathy LaHood during the second semester of their senior year. Questions? Call, write, or e-mail: Brad McMillan, Executive Director
Institute for Principled Leadership Bradley University
 1501 W. Bradley
 Peoria, IL 61625
 (309) 677.4408 (PHONE)
 bmcmillan@bradley.edu

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.

Senior Fellowship Program

Senior Fellowships are limited to those who have held the Ph.D. for five years or more or who possess a record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the Senior Fellowship program. Senior Fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of the applicant. Applications are reviewed by an external Selection Committee composed of scholars in the history of art. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals. Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form. In addition, applications are solicited from scholars who are interested in research related to objects in the painting, sculpture, graphics, and other collections of the National Gallery of Art. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington throughout their fellowship period and participate in the activities of the Center. Each Senior Fellow, Visiting Senior Fellow, and Associate is provided with a study. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, The

Criteria: 1. Must pursue a discipline of graduate studies in the traditional humanities: Anthropology (cultural only), Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies (all areas), English Literature, English/Creative Writing (creative dissertation only), Ethnic Studies, Ethnomusicology, Film Theory, Foreign Language & Literature, History, History of Architecture, History & Philosophy of Mathematics, History & Philosophy of Science, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (main focus of program must be an eligible field), Linguistics (cultural only), Music History & Theory, Philosophy, Political History / Philosophy / Theory, Religion / Religious Studies (academic only not for pastoral ministry), Rhetoric or Women

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

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