Skip to content

English Language History Essay Scholarships

Sample Scholarship Essays


If you’re applying for a scholarship, chances are you are going to need to write an essay. Very few scholarship programs are based solely on an application form or transcript. The essay is often the most important part of your application; it gives the scholarship committee a sense of who you are and your dedication to your goals. You’ll want to make sure that your scholarship essay is the best it can possibly be.

Unless specified otherwise, scholarship essays should always use the following formatting:

  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 point font
  • One-inch top, bottom, and side margins

Other useful tips to keep in mind include:

  1. Read the instructions thoroughly and make sure you completely understand them before you start writing.
  2. Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts into an outline.
  3. Write your essay by elaborating on each point you included in your outline.
  4. Use clear, concise, and simple language throughout your essay.
  5. When you are finished, read the question again and then read your essay to make sure that the essay addresses every point.

For more tips on writing a scholarship essay, check out our Eight Steps Towards a Better Scholarship Essay .


The Book that Made Me a Journalist

Prompt: Describe a book that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why.

It is 6 am on a hot day in July and I’ve already showered and eaten breakfast. I know that my classmates are all sleeping in and enjoying their summer break, but I don’t envy them; I’m excited to start my day interning with a local newspaper doing investigative journalism. I work a typical 8-5 day during my summer vacation and despite the early mornings, nothing has made me happier. Although it wasn't clear to me then, looking back on my high school experiences and everything that led to me to this internship, I believe this path began with a particularly savvy teacher and a little book she gave me to read outside of class.

I was taking a composition class, and we were learning how to write persuasive essays. Up until that point, I had had average grades, but I was always a good writer and my teacher immediately recognized this. The first paper I wrote for the class was about my experience going to an Indian reservation located near my uncle's ranch in southwest Colorado. I wrote of the severe poverty experienced by the people on the reservation, and the lack of access to voting booths during the most recent election. After reading this short story, my teacher approached me and asked about my future plans. No one had ever asked me this, and I wasn't sure how to answer. I said I liked writing and I liked thinking about people who are different from myself. She gave me a book and told me that if I had time to read it, she thought it would be something I would enjoy. I was actually quite surprised that a high school teacher was giving me a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me. It had never occurred to me that teachers would lie to students. The title intrigued me so much that on Friday night I found myself staying up almost all night reading, instead of going out with friends.

In short, the book discusses several instances in which typical American history classes do not tell the whole story. For example, the author addresses the way that American history classes do not usually address about the Vietnam War, even though it happened only a short time ago. This made me realize that we hadn't discussed the Vietnam War in my own history class! The book taught me that, like my story of the Indian reservation, there are always more stories beyond what we see on the surface and what we’re taught in school. I was inspired to continue to tell these stories and to make that my career.

For my next article for the class, I wrote about the practice of my own high school suspending students, sometimes indefinitely, for seemingly minor offenses such as tardiness and smoking. I found that the number of suspensions had increased by 200% at my school in just three years, and also discovered that students who are suspended after only one offense often drop out and some later end up in prison. The article caused quite a stir. The administration of my school dismissed it, but it caught the attention of my local newspaper. A local journalist worked with me to publish an updated and more thoroughly researched version of my article in the local newspaper. The article forced the school board to revisit their “zero tolerance” policy as well as reinstate some indefinitely suspended students.I won no favors with the administration and it was a difficult time for me, but it was also thrilling to see how one article can have such a direct effect on people’s lives. It reaffirmed my commitment to a career in journalism.

This is why I’m applying for this scholarship. Your organization has been providing young aspiring journalists with funds to further their skills and work to uncover the untold stories in our communities that need to be reported. I share your organization’s vision of working towards a more just and equitable world by uncovering stories of abuse of power. I have already demonstrated this commitment through my writing in high school and I look forward to pursuing a BA in this field at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. With your help, I will hone my natural instincts and inherent writing skills. I will become a better and more persuasive writer and I will learn the ethics of professional journalism.

I sincerely appreciate the committee’s time in evaluating my application and giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

Do:Follow the prompt and other instructions exactly. You might write a great essay but it may get your application rejected if you don’t follow the word count guidelines or other formatting requirements.
DON'T:Open your essay with a quote. This is a well-worn strategy that is mostly used ineffectively. Instead of using someone else’s words, use your own.
DON'T:Use perfunctory sentences such as, “In this essay, I will…”
DO:Be clear and concise. Make sure each paragraph discusses only one central thought or argument.
DON'T:Use words from a thesaurus that are new to you. You may end up using the word incorrectly and that will make your writing awkward. Keep it simple and straightforward. The point of the essay is to tell your story, not to demonstrate how many words you know.

Try Our Free Scholarship Search

Planners and Searchers

Prompt: In 600 words or less, please tell us about yourself and why you are applying for this scholarship. Please be clear about how this scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Being African, I recognize Africa’s need for home- grown talent in the form of “planners” (assistants with possible solutions) and “searchers” (those with desperate need) working towards international development. I represent both. Coming from Zimbabwe my greatest challenge is in helping to improve the livelihoods of developing nations through sustainable development and good governance principles. The need for policy-makers capable of employing cross-jurisdictional, and cross- disciplinary strategies to solve complex challenges cannot be under-emphasized; hence my application to this scholarship program.

After graduating from Africa University with an Honors degree in Sociology and Psychology, I am now seeking scholarship support to study in the United States at the Master’s level. My interest in democracy, elections, constitutionalism and development stems from my lasting interest in public policy issues. Accordingly, my current research interests in democracy and ethnic diversity require a deeper understanding of legal processes of constitutionalism and governance. As a Master’s student in the US, I intend to write articles on these subjects from the perspective of someone born, raised, and educated in Africa. I will bring a unique and much-needed perspective to my graduate program in the United States, and I will take the technical and theoretical knowledge from my graduate program back with me to Africa to further my career goals as a practitioner of good governance and community development.

To augment my theoretical understanding of governance and democratic practices, I worked with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) as a Programs Assistant in the Monitoring and Observation department. This not only enhanced my project management skills, but also developed my skills in research and producing communication materials. ZESN is Zimbabwe’s biggest election observation organization, and I had the responsibility of monitoring the political environment and producing monthly publications on human rights issues and electoral processes. These publications were disseminated to various civil society organizations, donors and other stakeholders. Now I intend to develop my career in order to enhance Africa’s capacity to advocate, write and vote for representative constitutions.

I also participated in a fellowship program at Africa University, where I gained greater insight into social development by teaching courses on entrepreneurship, free market economics, and development in needy communities. I worked with women in rural areas of Zimbabwe to setup income-generating projects such as the jatropha soap-making project. Managing such a project gave me great insight into how many simple initiatives can transform lives.

Your organization has a history of awarding scholarships to promising young students from the developing world in order to bring knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to their home communities. I have already done some of this work but I want to continue, and with your assistance, I can. The multidisciplinary focus of the development programs I am applying to in the US will provide me with the necessary skills to creatively address the economic and social development challenges and develop sound public policies for Third World countries. I thank you for your time and consideration for this prestigious award.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Research the organization and make sure you understand their mission and values and incorporate them into your essay.
DO:Focus on your strengths and turn in any problems or weaknesses into a success story.
DO:Use actual, detailed examples from your own life to backup your claims and arguments as to why you should receive the scholarship.
DO:Proofread several times before finally submitting your essay.
DON'T:Rehash what is already stated on your resume. Choose additional, unique stories to tell sell yourself to the scholarship committee.
DON'T:Simply state that you need the money. Even if you have severe financial need, it won’t help to simply ask for the money and it may come off as tacky.

Try Our Free Scholarship Search

Saving the Manatees

Prompt: Please give the committee an idea of who you are and why you are the perfect candidate for the scholarship.

It is a cliché to say that I’ve always known what I want to do with my life, but in my case it happens to be true. When I first visited Sea World as a young child, I fell in love with marine animals in general. Specifically, I felt drawn to manatees. I was compelled by their placid and friendly nature. I knew then and there that I wanted to dedicate my life to protecting these beautiful creatures.

Since that day in Orlando, I have spent much of my spare time learning everything there is to know about manatees. As a junior high and high school student, I attempted to read scholarly articles on manatees from scientific journals. I annoyed my friends and family with scientific facts about manatees-- such as that they are close relatives of elephants--at the dinner table. I watched documentaries, and even mapped their migration pattern on a wall map my sister gave me for my birthday.

When I was chosen from hundreds of applicants to take part in a summer internship with Sea World, I fell even more in love with these gentle giants. I also learned a very important and valuable lesson: prior to this internship, I had imagined becoming a marine biologist, working directly with the animals in their care both in captivity and in the wild. However, during the internship, I discovered that this is not where my strengths lie. Unfortunately, I am not a strong student in science or math, which are required skills to become a marine biologist. Although this was a disheartening realization, I found that I possess other strengths can still be of great value to manatees and other endangered marine mammals: my skills as a public relations manager and communicator. During the internship, I helped write new lessons and presentations for elementary school groups visiting the park and developed a series of fun activities for children to help them learn more about manatees as well as conservation of endangered species in general. I also worked directly with the park’s conservation and communication director, and helped develop a new local outreach program designed to educate Floridians on how to avoid hitting a manatee when boating. My supervisor recommended me to the Save the Manatee Foundation so in addition to my full-time internship at Sea World, I interned with the Save the Manatee Foundation part-time. It was there that I witnessed the manatee rescue and conservation effort first hand, and worked directly with the marine biologists in developing fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns. I found that the foundation’s social media presence was lacking, and, using skills I learned from Sea World, I helped them raise over $5,000 through a Twitter challenge, which we linked to the various social media outlets of the World Wildlife Federation.

While I know that your organization typically awards scholarships to students planning to major in disciplines directly related to conservation such as environmental studies or zoology, I feel that the public relations side of conservation is just as important as the actual work done on the ground. Whether it is reducing one’s carbon footprint, or saving the manatees, these are efforts that, in order to be successful, must involve the larger public. In fact, the relative success of the environmental movement today is largely due to a massive global public relations campaign that turned environmentalism from something scientific and obscure into something that is both fashionable and accessible to just about anyone. However, that success is being challenged more than ever before--especially here in the US, where an equally strong anti-environmental public relations campaign has taken hold. Therefore, conservationists need to start getting more creative.

I want to be a part of this renewed effort and use my natural abilities as a communicator to push back against the rather formidable forces behind the anti-environmentalist movement. I sincerely hope you will consider supporting this non-traditional avenue towards global sustainability and conservation. I have already been accepted to one of the most prestigious communications undergraduate programs in the country and I plan to minor in environmental studies. In addition, I maintain a relationship with my former supervisors at Save the Manatee and Sea World, who will be invaluable resources for finding employment upon graduation. I thank the committee for thinking outside the box in considering my application.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Tell a story. Discuss your personal history and why those experiences have led you to apply for these scholarships.
DO:Write an outline. If you’ve already started writing or have a first draft, make an outline based on what you’ve written so far. This will help you see whether your paragraphs flow and connect with one another.
DON'T:Write a generic essay for every application. Adapt your personal statement for each individual scholarship application.
DO:Run spellcheck and grammar check on your computer but also do your own personal check. Spellcheck isn’t perfect and you shouldn't rely on technology to make your essay perfect.

Try Our Free Scholarship Search

Sample Essays

Related Content:

Since a degree in history provides students with the understanding of events which are of key importance to historians and can be applied to many other fields of study, many organizations award scholarships for history majors to further their academic achievements. With the assistance of scholarship funding to reduce the financial burden of rising tuition costs, you can earn a history degree in preparation for finding career fulfillment as a historian, teacher, writer, lawyer, politician, archeologist, researcher, and more. The following are just a few of the most generous scholarships that are perfect for those majoring in history just like you.

1. AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program

Deadline: February 28th

Funded by one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union, the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program provides a 10-week summer field placement with a $4,000 stipend and $5,000 scholarship to passionate activists interested in a career in the labor movement. Eligible students of color must be majoring in Labor Studies, American Studies, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Work, or Public Policy, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be a second-semester sophomore or junior.

Contact

AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program
1625 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-0446
cclark@afscme.org
http://www.afscme.org/organize/uncf

2. ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

Deadline: August 1st

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), the George Watt Memorial Essay Contest is open to graduate and undergraduate U.S. students who submit a 3,500 to 7,500-word essay about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, or the contributions of the Americans who fought in support of the Spanish Republic. Work will be judged on the basis of originality, effectiveness of argument, and quality of research.

Contact

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
799 Broadway Suite 341
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-5398
info@alba-valb.org

3. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship

Deadline: January 1st

Each year, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship program awards a monthly stipend of $1,850 with housing to graduate and doctoral history majors who are participating on research projects related to the eighteenth century of American history. In order to be eligible for the funding, candidates must submit an online application, current CV description of proposed project, a one-page bibliography of relevant literature, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Contact

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
P.O. Box 7867
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
(336) 727-4694
asecs@wfu.edu

4. Bolton-Cutter Prize

Deadline: April 1st

Administered by the Western History Association, the Bolton-Cutter Prize is awarded annually for the best article submitted on any phase of the history of the Borderlands, from the Floridas to the Californias, from the 16th century to the present. In order to win the $500 prize and get the article published in the Western Historical Quarterly, authors must include broad essays on the synthesis of major political, economic, cultural, and social developments on the chosen peoples, movements, or institutions.

Contact

Bolton-Cutter Prize
605 Gruening Street
Fairbanks, AK 99775
(907) 474-6508
westernhistoryassociation@gmail.com
http://www.westernhistoryassociation.wildapricot.org/awards/articles&essays/bolton-cutter

5. Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Deadline: September 19th

Established by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship is granted annually for up to $5,000 to students at participating member U.S. institutions who are majoring in the areas of American Studies, Art, Social Sciences, History, International Studies, or Anthropology. Eligible undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate financial need.

Contact

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship
1805 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 810-0263
Imara.canady@uncf.org

6. CIRI Foundation Heritage Project Grants

Deadline: March 1st and September 1st

With the goal of promoting individual self-development through education on the heritage of Alaskan Natives, the CIRI Foundation Heritage Project Grants are offered annually for up to $6,000 to college students involved in educational projects or research that involve studying the history, ethnology, anthropology, philosophy, and culture of the Alaskan Natives in the Cook Inlet Region. Qualified researchers who are Alaska residents must submit an application, proposal description, project timeline, detailed budget, and three letters of support.

Contact

CIRI Foundation Heritage Project Grants
3600 San Jeronimo Drive Suite 256
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 793-3575
tcf@thecirifoundation.org

8. Dorothy Ezell DuPree Scholarship

Deadline: March 12th

Annually, the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation grants the Dorothy Ezell DuPree Scholarship to Jefferson County graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to attend a four-year accredited institution in the United States with a major in English, Library Science, or History. Along with the application, students applying for the $1,000 scholarship must submit an official transcript, copy of parents’ most recent federal income tax returns, two letters of recommendation from unrelated sources, and a one-page personal statement.

Contact

Dorothy Ezell DuPree Scholarship
211 West Third Avenue Suite 105
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
(870) 850-7934
pinebluffarea@arcf.org

8. Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Jobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Created by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Jobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of at least 24 credit hours in American History or American Government. In order to be eligible for the renewable $2,000 award for up to four years, qualified candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and be enrolled full-time at any accredited U.S. institution.

Contact

Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Jobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship
1910 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(202) 628-1776
scholarships@dar.org
http://www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm

9. Finnish American Social Club Scholarship

Deadline: March 10th

Administered by the Greater Worchester Community Foundation (GWCF), the Finnish American Social Club Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to Worcester County graduating high school seniors of Finnish heritage who will be pursuing an accredited undergraduate degree in History, Political Science, or Economics in Massachusetts. Eligible candidates for the up to $5,000 scholarship must attach a financial statement, official high school transcript, recommendation letter, resume, and one-page essay on career plans.

Contact

Finnish American Social Club Scholarship
370 Main Street Suite 650
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 755-0980
info@greaterworcester.org

10. Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

The Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society offers the Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Student Scholarship to outstanding student members entering the fall semester of their senior year who are majoring in Modern European History from 1815 to present. In order to qualify for the $1,000 scholarship, applicants must submit an official copy of the undergraduate transcript, a current resume, three letters of recommendation, and a signed letter from the department chair confirming the student is not enrolled in an online degree program.

Contact

Graydon A. Tunstall Undergraduate Student Scholarship
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
(800) 394-8195
info@phialphatheta.org

12. James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 4th

For graduate students who are pursuing a master’s degree to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level, the James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program provides $24,000 to one candidate per state to participate in the foundation’s four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution at Georgetown University. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, be actively pursuing a career as a teacher of American History for grades 7-12, and already possess a bachelor’s degree.

Contact

James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
1613 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 525-6928
glavinj@georgetown.edu
http://www.jamesmadison.com/eligibility.php

12. J. E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society award the J.E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship to exemplary students who are currently pursuing a course of graduate study in the field of historic preservation at any accredited institution within the United States. For consideration for the $2,000 one-time award, qualified applicants must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher, be enrolled on a full-time basis, demonstrate financial need, and exhibit leadership potential for advanced interests in history.

Contact

J. E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship
1910 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(202) 628-1776
scholarships@dar.org

13. League of World War I Aviation Historians Mike Carr Student Paper Competition

Deadline: May 31st

As a non-profit organization that publishes the quarterly journal “Over the Front,” the League of World War I Aviation Historians hosts the annual Mike Carr Student Paper Competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from any U.S. accredited institution who compose an original essay on some aspect of aviation during the 1914-1918 World War I years. Papers must be at least ten and no more than 20 double-spaced pages with a comprehensive list of primary source references.

Contact

League of World War I Aviation Historians Mike Carr Student Paper Competition
909 Pine Street
Yankton, SD 57078
OTF-papers@overthefront.com
http://www.overthefront.com/about/student-essay-competition

14. Marion Maccarell Scott Scholarship

Deadline: February 20th

Established by the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 to graduates of any public high school in Hawaii who are planning to attend any accredited institution on the mainland full-time with a major in Geography, Anthropology, Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, submit a one-page personal statement on international understanding, and demonstrate a commitment to achieving world peace.

Contact

Marion Maccarell Scott Scholarship
827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 566-5570
scholarships@hcf-hawaii.org

15. National Foundation for Women Legislators Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest

Deadline: September 15th

Each year, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) hosts a nationwide Bill of Rights Essay Contest to award seven female high school juniors or seniors with a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the foundation’s national conference. Female applicants must submit an essay contest verification form, two copies of the 400 to 600-word essay on public policies for women, and a letter from a sponsoring female state legislator.

Contact

National Foundation for Women Legislators Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest
1050 17th Street NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-3040
alex@womenlegislators.org

16. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia Scholarships

Deadline: February 16th

Sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Georgia Trust provides two annual scholarships for $1,500 each to outstanding graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in the study of American History with the goal of working in historic preservation. Qualified applicants must be legal residents of Georgia and be accepted for full-time enrollment at an accredited Georgia institution.

Contact

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia Scholarships
1516 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 885-7817
kryan@georgiatrust.org

17. Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program

Deadline: November 1st

Annually, the Archeological Institute of America offers the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program to graduate students who are enrolled in an approved Archeology, Architecture, Classics, History, or Sculpture program and are interested in studying in Greece, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, Southern Italy, Asia Minor, or Mesopotamia. Preference for the $25,000 fellowship funding will be given to U.S. citizens who are AIA members and are currently engaged in dissertation research to receive their Ph.D. degree in one of these majors.

Contact

Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program
656 Beacon Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-4184
fellowships@aia.bu.edu
http://www.archaeological.org/grants/700

18. Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

At Missouri State University, the Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship is granted for $1,500 to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs who are majoring in history with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All eligible candidates must submit a one-page personal statement outlining his or her related experience and interests in history. Preference will be given to students interested in the Civil War or military history and to those who demonstrate financial need.

Contact

Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5511
History@MissouriState.edu

19. Redlands Republican Women’s Club Fund Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Sponsored by the San Bernardino County Federation of Republican Women (FRW), the Redlands Republican Women’s Club Fund Scholarship is awarded to registered members who are graduating from a two-year college or finishing the second year of a four-year university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Qualified candidates must be planning to continue their studies in the fields of Political Science, American History, Civics, Government, or Communications with evidence of leadership potential.

Contact

Redlands Republican Women’s Club Fund Scholarship
1029 J Street Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-4084
SanBernardinoCountyRWF@cfrw.org

20. Richard Gilder Scholarship

Deadline: November 7th

Within the Department of History at the University of Michigan, the Richard Gilder Scholarship has been created in honor of the Wall Street stockbroker to annually award $1,000 to an outstanding UM student who has completed at least 90 credit hours with an undergraduate major in History. Preference for the one-time award will be given to applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher whose coursework indicates an emphasis on pursuing a profession related to American History.

Contact

Richard Gilder Scholarship
Tisch Hall Room 1029
425 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-6305
umhistory@umich.edu

21. Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

In honor of an eminent naval and maritime historian who won the Pulitzer Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship is awarded annually for $5,000 to one active-duty commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps who is pursuing graduate study in History, International Relations, or a related field. Selection for the award is based on relevance of study to U.S. naval history, demonstrated professional performance, high academic qualifications, and leadership potential.

Contact

Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship
805 Kidder Breese Street
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374
(202) 433-2729
hrnavalmuseum@navy.mil
http://www.history.navy.mil/prizes/prize3.htm

22. Truman A. Warner Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

Established in memory of Western Connecticut State University’s late Professor Emertius, the Truman A. Warner Scholarship is awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled at the university with junior-level standing and a major in History, American Studies, or Social Sciences. Qualified candidates of the scholarship must demonstrate significant academic achievement, a breadth of intellectual interest related to historical events, and considerable service to the campus community.

Contact

Truman A. Warner Scholarship
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 837-8200
alexanderm@wcsu.edu

23. Western Civilization Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 16th

With the mission of addressing our culture’s loss of memory in the history of the West, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers the Western Civilization Fellowship Program to grant $20,000 to full-time U.S. graduate students who are interested in conducting work related to the Western Civilization Studies. Eligible candidates are required to submit an original ten-page essay, one-page outline of prior education, three-page autobiography, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

Contact

Western Civilization Fellowship Program
3901 Centerville Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19807
(800) 526-7022
awards@isi.org

24. W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Fellowships

Deadline: October 1st

Annually, the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research awards up to 32 fellowships for graduate students and doctoral scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, philosophy, or religion. Along with the application, qualified candidates must supply at least three references, a comprehensive resume on professional/academic background, and a statement for proposed research.

Contact

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Fellowships
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
(401) 865-1789
jbranham@providence.edu
http://www.aiar.org/fellowships.html

25. Withers Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

Within the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), the Withers Scholars Scholarship is granted to junior and senior-level students who are currently enrolled full-time with an academic major in Education, History, Political Science, English, Communications, or Theater. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled in at least 12 semester credits, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and demonstrate exemplary service to the community and society.

Contact

Withers Scholars Scholarship
2101 East Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 481-6160
EricksoC@ipfw.edu

For those who have an inquisitive sense of curiosity, consistent thirst for discovering knowledge, and intuitive nature for investigating the ideas of the past, you may have the ideal inner workings for being a history major. When you enroll in a history degree program, you will engage in a set of unique educational experiences to examine history for finding clues for addressing the future. In order to fulfill your passion in history without accumulating mountains of student loan debt, be sure to check out these 25 great scholarships for history majors for increased funding options.