History Department Undergraduate
Scholarships and Awards
2017-2018

Bob Baker Scholarship

Requirements: Awarded to history major of junior or senior standing (61 or more completed credit hours) with history GPA of 3.0 or higher and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference goes to students who demonstrate financial need. One or two scholarships awarded each Spring semester; amount awarded depends on funding availability. Application available through the Tiger Scholarship Manager only, click here to apply.
Deadline: 2/2/18

Belle McWilliams Scholarship

Requirements: Awarded to history major of at least sophomore standing (31-60 credit hours) with history GPA of 3.0 or higher and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must be a US resident. The following are taken into consideration for this award: demonstrated above average interest in US history, diverse extra curricular activities, and outstanding academic achievement. One or two scholarships awarded each Spring semester; amount awarded depends on funding availability. Application available through the Tiger Scholarship Manager only, click here to apply.
Deadline: 2/2/18

Jonathan Derek Selkirk Award in History

Requirements: Awarded to best essay by an undergraduate on any subject in United States history written during the past calendar year. The paper can be of any kind (research paper, book review, etc.). Winner does not have to be a history major and can be of any class standing. One award in the amount of $500 granted each Spring semester. Application (along with paper submission) required, click here for the application form.
Deadline: 2/2/18

Janann M. Sherman Undergraduate Award for the Study of Women's History

Requirements: The award assists with the educational expenses of an exceptional undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest, through coursework and/or research, in the history of women, gender, and/or the family. Recipient must be full-time student who has completed at least 45 hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipient does not need to be a history major, but must demonstrate interest in and academic experience working on topics relating to the history of women, gender, and/or the family. One award in the amount of $500 granted each Spring semester. Application form required, click here for the application form.
Deadline: 2/2/18

Major L. Wilson Undergraduate Paper Prize

Requirements: Awarded to the best paper written by an undergraduate student in a history course during the previous calendar year. The paper can be of any kind (research paper, book review, etc.). Winner does not have to be a history major and can be of any class standing. One prize in the amount of $100 awarded each Spring semester. Self-nomination form (along with paper submission) required, click here for the nomination form.
Please note: Faculty may also nominate student papers for this award.
Deadline: 2/2/18

Kell F. Mitchell Memorial Award

Requirements: Awarded to history major of junior standing (61-90 completed credit hours) with the highest overall GPA. If there is a tie for highest overall GPA, award will go to the individual who also has the highest GPA in History courses. Awardee must be a full-time student who has completed at least 21 credit hours in History at the University of Memphis. Funds are to be used to pay for books and supplies used in course work the following Fall semester. One award in the amount of $500 granted each Spring Semester. No application required; winner is determined by department based on official GPA.

Tennessee Historical Commission Award

Requirements: Awarded to the history major graduating in the Spring term with the highest history and overall GPA. One award in the amount of $100 granted each Spring semester. No application required; winner is determined by department based on official GPA.

Undergraduate History Internship Award

The History Department at The University of Memphis is committed to providing students with enriching educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. In order to encourage students to take advantage of these outside experiences, the History Department awards up to three $2000 awards per year to students who seek out and complete an approved internship experience, which includes enrollment in at least 3 credit hours of the HIST 4020 internship course. Priority will be given to students in positions that promote their development as historians and prepare them for future careers and/or graduate study in history. Please contact Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian (cdykes@memphis.edu) for information about this award. Application form required, please click here for the application.
Deadlines: September 1 for Fall semester internships; December 1 for Spring; March 1 for Summer.

History Department Undergraduate Travel Grant

Undergraduate history majors are eligible for travel funding to complete original research or to present their work at scholarly conferences. Up to one grant in the amount of $500 awarded each semester. Application form required, please click here for the application form.
Deadlines: September 1 for Fall research or conferences; December 1 for Spring; March 1 for Summer.

 

Winners of all the awards are determined by committees comprised of faculty in the Department of History and assigned by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Please contact Dr. Dennis Laumann, Director of Undergraduate Studies, if you have any questions about these awards.