Awards

Academic Excellence Scholarship

These scholarships will be awarded based on performance in the core required classes for the History major:  History 200 and 495/498.   The selection committee will also pay attention to nominees' overall academic records (with particular attention to History classes) and improvement over time in the case of mixed academic records.  Scholarship winners will be selected at the end of each semester, with the scholarships to be awarded the following semester

C. Ernest Dawn Undergraduate Research Travel Award

Travel awards and grants of up to $500 are available to students who can demonstrate that their original research would be significantly enhanced or facilitated by travel to an archive, museum, library, or conference; and/or whose projects require specialized equipment or access to online databases, printed materials, or other sources not available on campus or through our own library.

Christina A. Brodbeck Digital Humanities Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of UIUC History alumna Christina A. Brodbeck, we are able to offer a scholarship to a History major who has been involved in digital humanities projects such as SourceLab.  Applicants should submit a personal statement, describing their interest in and experience with digital history and humanities (300-500 words), a letter of recommendation, a transcript, and a resume to the DUS and academic advisor by the advertised deadline.  The fall 2018 deadline is Mon. Sept. 24.

Friends of History Undergraduate Research Grant

Travel awards and grants of up to $500 are available to students who can demonstrate that their original research would be significantly enhanced or facilitated by travel to an archive, museum, library, or conference; and/or whose projects require specialized equipment or access to online databases, printed materials, or other sources not available on campus or through our own library.  All History majors in good standing are eligible to apply.

Mark H. Leff Scholarship for Outstanding Honors Thesis:

Named in honor of consummate teacher and mentor Professor Mark H. Leff, this scholarship is awarded each year to a senior student in the Honors Program. Thesis writers who wish to be considered for this scholarship must submit drafts of their projects by the deadline, which will be announced spring semester.

Michael Scher Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper

Named in memory of Professor Michael Scher, who taught in the department between 1971 and 1975, the Scher Award was created in 1977 to recognize the outstanding undergraduate paper or project submitted in a regular History course during the preceding calendar year.  

Robert H. Bierma Scholarship for Superior Academic Merit in History

This scholarship was established in 1985 to recognize superior academic merit in history and to contribute to the tuition of students entering their senior year at the University.  Selection of the Bierma Award winners is made by the Dean of Honors Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advisor in History, on the basis of outstanding GPA and superior commitment to the study of history as evidenced by the students’ records in upper-division courses. 

The Centenary Prize for Outstanding Senior in the Teaching of Social Studies

The prize recognizes the superior scholarship and pedagogical promise of students the Social Studies Education Program, and is awarded on the basis of overall academic performance and a record for excellence in the students’ coursework and preparation for a career in teaching. Recipients are determined by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, in consultation with the Academic Advisor.