Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Awards and Fellowships

More information and application forms are available from the Department of History Advising Office, 4451 Friedmann Hall. 

The WMU Office of Financial Aid has extensive information on scholarships, grants and awards available to undergraduate students.

Scholarships

History Fellowship Award
Thanks to generous donations, the department awards renewable $1,000 fellowships to newly admitted, full-time freshman students with declared majors in History (LEC), Public History, Secondary Education, History, or Social Studies (with History minor option).  A minimum 3.5 high school GPA is required at the time of application.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided that the student’s cumulative GPA does not drop below 3.5 and they maintain full-time status as majors in the Department of History.

Undergraduate Fellows Emeriti Grant Program
The History Undergraduate Fellows grant program funds undergraduate history majors and minors who engage in scholarly activities outside the classroom and/or who pursue opportunities that advance their professional goals as historians. Grants ranging from $50-$500 are awarded to further research, encourage internship or volunteer experiences, defray the cost of travel to a scholarly conference, or in support of other scholarly or professional activities in history. Applicants must submit an application form, a resume, transcript, a brief statement describing the project, a proposed budget, and a statement of support from a faculty mentor. Applications are due on November 15 for projects taking place in the Spring Semester, and on April 1 for projects taking place in Summer I and II and Fall Semesters. More information.

Peter J. Schmitt Endowment for Experiential Learning
Dr. Peter Schmitt taught for 43 years in the Department of History at WMU and he valued nontraditional learning experiences that explored the natural world, the built environment and human ingenuity.  The friends and family of Dr. Schmitt created this endowment fund as a legacy to him.  Fund grants of up to $500 will support varied learning experiences that enhance awareness, understanding and knowledge of the interconnectedness of history with the arts and the natural world. It would include but not be limited to participating in short courses in art or architectural history, in field biology learning experiences, in workshops in historic preservation or traditional crafts, in retreat experiences that emphasize an understanding of the natural world, or in other activities that promote personal insight into the interrelationships between people and their environments, especially in historical contexts. All members of the WMU community including emeriti and alumni are eligible for support from this fund. 

Awards

Smith Burnham Outstanding Intern Award
The purpose of the outstanding intern award is to encourage an environment in which a future teacher is given close, expert supervision.  The intern participates in a variety of authentic teaching experiences with at least one, and often several, outstanding teachers at Portage Central High School. WMU’s College of Education’s Office of Field Placements works with the History Department in this placement. The intern teacher also receives letters of recommendation from his/her supervising teachers at PCHS, a member of WMU’s History Department, and the PCHS school principal following the completion of the internship. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest that describes what you would hope to learn during your internship as well as the skills and interests you would impart;
  2. A detailed resume describing your school and relevant work experiences; and
  3. An unofficial transcript.  Application materials are typically due by the end of September. The award comes with a stipend of $150.

The Margaret Macmillan Undergraduate Writing Award
The Margaret Macmillan writing award honors undergraduate papers of not more than 4000 words (excluding notes and bibliography). Submissions are unrestricted as to historical subject and will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Mastery of writing skills necessary for effective communication;
  2. Appropriate thought in the interpretation and analysis of historical information, and;
  3. Clear, concise expression and nuanced use of language.  Only papers prepared for courses taken or completed during the current academic year will be considered.  A call for submission announcement is forwarded to students each March; the deadline for submissions is late April. The recipient of the Margaret Macmillan writing award receives a stipend of $150.

The Cheryl Lyon-Jenness Advance Undergraduate Writing Award
The Cheryl Lyon-Jenness Advance Undergraduate writing award honors student papers exceeding 4,000 words that fall under the broad rubric of research papers.  This includes senior theses, historiographical works, material culture or museum related pieces, methodological/theoretical analyses, and critical review essays. Submissions are unrestricted as to historical subject and will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Mastery of writing skills necessary for effective communication;
  2. Appropriate thought in the interpretation and analysis of historical information, and;
  3. Clear, concise expression and nuanced use of language. 

Only papers prepared for courses taken or completed during the current academic year will be considered.  A call for submission announcement is forwarded to students each March; the deadline for submissions is late April. The recipient of the Cheryl Lyon-Jenness writing award receives a stipend of $200.

 

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