Endowed Awards

Our generous alumni have made the following awards available to current Department of History undergraduate students. Funds are competitive and notification of awards is made at the end of every spring semester. To endow a new award please contact the department chair.

Application for all four scholarships are due in the middle of Spring semester and will be considered by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee of the Department of History. The exact date on which applications are due each year is announced on Professor Tabuteau’s listserv. There is no application form: your letter of application serves as your application form.

SANDRA SAGESER CLARK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • Sandra Sageser Clark is the Director of the Michigan Historical Center, a state agency that includes ten museums, the State Archives of Michigan and historic preservation, archeology and publications programs. She is the former editor of Michigan History Magazine and has served as president of the American Association for State and Local History. She is particularly interested in assisting students majoring in history who plan careers that will help the public discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage through museums, archives, publications, historical preservation, and other public history programs.
  • Applicants should be History majors who will be juniors or seniors during the following academic year. Preference will be given to “students interested in careers in public history.”
  • Each application should include (1) a statement–approximately one page, typed, double-spaced–of the applicant’s interest in and engagement with public history and (2) two letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation must be from a professor of history at Michigan State. The second recommendation may be either from a professor of history at Michigan State or from the applicant’s supervisor in a public history activity.

ROBERT AND CATHERINE WORKMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • This award is intended for students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the University’s criteria, who are enrolled in the College of Social Science with a major in History, and who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.5, both cumulatively and in the last semester completed at MSU.
  • To apply for the Workman scholarship, please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, (2) proof of your financial need, and (3) two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.

HARRY REED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • This award is intended for undergraduate history juniors with either African American history or American history as their major area of emphasis. Harry Reed is an Emeritus Professor of History at Michigan State.
  • To apply for the Reed Scholarship, please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, and (2) two letters of recommendation.; At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.

RICHARD GILDER SCHOLARSHIP

  • This award honors Richard Gilder, a Wall Street stockbroker with a life-long interest in history who is co-founder of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. The scholarship is intended for Michigan State University history majors who have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours, have a minimum grade point average of 3.4 overall and 3.5 in History courses and have completed HST 202 and 203 (or their equivalents).; Applicants must also have completed or be enrolled in at least three other U.S. history courses, at least two of them at the upper level. Preference will be given to students whose career goals include pursuing a profession that focuses on American history through teaching, archiving, museum work or the like.
  • To apply for the Gilder Scholarship, please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, and (2) two letters of recommendation.; At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor of U.S. history in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.

THE J. MORGAN SWEENEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • This award honors the late Professor Sweeney, who led MSU Study Abroad Programs to Great Britain for many years. The award is for History students participating in the Department’s Study Abroad Programs. Applicants should have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a History GPA of 3.25 and must submit a 250-500 word essay discussing reasons for wishing to study abroad. Applicants should also provide a letter of recommendation from a member of the History Department faculty.

THE IRENE STEINDLER ENDOWMENT IN HISTORY 

  • This honor gives an award to an undergraduate with initiatives to promote diversity programs or activities related to the History Department’s participation in or collaboration with the university’s Jewish Studies Program.   Students should submit a letter explaining how they have done or intend to do this and should submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a member of the History Department faculty.