Department Scholarships and Support for Research

The Department of History is now accepting applications for undergraduate awards and prizes. Each spring, the Department of History offers several scholarships (see descriptions below) for undergraduate students on the basis of merit and financial need. Departmental funds are also available to support thesis research leading to graduation with Honors Research Distinction. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

 

Before you begin, please gather the following materials required to submit an application:

1/ Copy of your Advising Report

2/ Current Resume

3/ One letter of recommendation. The recommender should email their letter of recommendation directly to Rhonda Maynard at maynard.20@osu.edu.

Recommendation letters may be addressed as follows:

Awards and Prizes Committee
Department of History
The Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210

Dear Scholarship Committee:

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4/ Additional requirements

Statement of financial need (Lloyd Roberts Evans Endowed Scholarship in History, Dr. Morris Frommer Scholarship, Austin Kerr Fund in Modern American History, Dr. John T. von der Heide Scholarship, Marge Haffner Memorial Scholarship)

Statement of academic and/or career plans (Lloyd Roberts Evans Endowed Scholarship, Adrienne A. and Marvin R. Zahniser Scholarship)

Evidence of your focus on Modern American history (Austin Kerr Fund in Modern American History)

Acceptance letter into an approved study abroad program (Dr. Morris Frommer Scholarship, Allan R. Millett Study Abroad Scholarship)

Statement of interest in the field of education (Lois Kemp Shinkle Memorial Scholarship)

Essay (500 words or less) on the value of studying history / "Why study history?" (Dr. John T. von der Heide Scholarship)

Additional requirements for the Honors Thesis Research Grant:

1/ Statement of no more than 500 words describing the research project and explaining how a research grant will contribute to and enable completion for your Honors Thesis.

2/ Amount requested and a brief budget for your project.

Ready to begin? Click here to go to the online APPLICATION FORM.

 

Award descriptions:

Lloyd Roberts Evans Endowed Scholarship in History 
To support undergraduate students of junior or senior rank who are majoring in History.  The scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of both merit and financial need.  Candidates for the scholarship should possess a GPA of 3.4 or above and a broad range of interests. One or two awards of up to $2,000.

Dr. Morris Frommer Scholarship
To support one or more undergraduate student majoring in history and interested in study abroad. Award will be based on merit and financial need. One award of $2,000.

Goldman Family Enrichment Fund for History Majors in Industry
Provides support to one or more undergraduate students majoring in history to support student internship or research opportunities leading to careers outside academia. Award up to $5,000.

Marge Haffner Memorial Scholarship
For a history major who already has some form of financial aid. One award of $250.

Austin Kerr Fund in Modern American History
To support research by an undergraduate student receiving history course credit. Preference shall be given to candidates with demonstrated financial need and whose projects have a focus on modern American history. Award of up to $2,000.

Allan R. Millett Study Abroad Scholarship
The annual distribution from this fund shall be used to support a study abroad scholarship for history majors with a preference given to undergraduate students. Recipients shall be selected by the chair of the Department of History, in consultation with Student Financial Aid.

Lois Kemp Shinkle Memorial Scholarship
To support a History major with an interest in education. One or two awards of up to $2,000.

Dr. John T. von der Heide Scholarship
To support a History major entering his/her senior year. Award will be based on merit and financial need. Several awards of up to $2,000.

Adrienne A. and Marvin R. Zahniser Scholarship
To support a history major entering, or soon to enter, her/his senior year at the Columbus campus. This one-year scholarship is awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement to a history major with junior or senior standing whose total grade point average falls in the top ten percent of history majors. Award of up to $1,000.

Honors Thesis Research Grant
Subject to the availability of funds, the Department plans to make several awards ranging from $750 to $5,000 to help cover major costs associated with the thesis research leading to graduation with Honors Research Distinction. Applicants must be current honors students majoring in history, have at least a 3.5 GPA both in history coursework and overall, and have arranged to complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of History. Funds must be used during the 2020 – 2021 academic year (June 2020 – May 2021). To apply, students must submit a statement that includes 1) the amount requested and a brief budget, indicating categories for which funding is requested (e.g., airfare, housing, books, CDs, photocopies, translator); 2) a statement of no more than 500 words describing the research project and explaining how a research grant will contribute to and enable completion; and 3) the name of the thesis advisor and proposed date of graduation. 

History Majors' Views on Departmental Scholarships

 


 

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