Department Scholarships and Support for Research

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The Department of History offers several scholarships 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. As you prepare the applications, please read the requirements carefully and follow the instructions as closely as possible. Please apply using the application form and be sure to request a letter of recommendation (see below for instructions). 

Students applying for scholarships and thesis research grants must submit one letter of nomination/recommendation from a faculty member or, in the case of incoming students, from a high school teacher.  These letters should be sent directly from the nominator / recommender via email to Rhonda Maynard ( Complete applications, with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation are due to the Department of History no later than March 1, 2018.

History Majors' Views on Departmental Scholarships

For 2018 – 2019, the following awards are available:

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.

Gerry D. Guthrie Scholarship
To support an incoming undergraduate honors student majoring in history. One or two awards of up to $2,000 each.

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.

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 $2,000.

Lois Kemp Shinkle Memorial Scholarship
To support a History major with an interest in education.  This scholarship will be provided through Student Financial Aid to the recipient’s account for the 2018-2019 year.  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 in 2018-2019. Award will be based on merit and financial need. Several 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.

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.

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 2018 – 2019 academic year (June 2018 – May 2019). 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. 

APPLY HERE for all scholarships and Honors Thesis Research Grant.


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