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The History Department is proud to award a number of prizes to outstanding History majors every year. Annually, awards include paper competitions, scholarships based on overall academic merit, and study abroad scholarships.


The RICHARD W. BAUER SCHOLARSHIP

The Richard Bauer Scholarship is awarded annually to financially assist outstanding History majors who are pursuing summer internships. All applications from History majors undertaking summer internships with appropriate organizations are welcome, but preference is given to students with unpaid internships. A strong academic record and some indication that the internship will include pre-professional training (e.g., preparation of a tangible product, acquisition of a new marketable skill, etc.) are positives for your application. Your application should include the following: a letter of interest that describes the internship in as much detail as possible (hours, days, duration, etc.) including what you expect to produce or learn, a summary of your academic record to date, how the internship relates to your study of history and your career aspirations, a resume, unofficial transcript, and the name of one member of the History Department who has agreed to serve as a reference. Indicate whether the internship is confirmed, or when you expect to hear about your acceptance. Scholarship recipients must write a three to five-page report on your internship experience for the Department.

Funding for this scholarship varies annually. Awards have ranged between $1,500 and $2,700 in the past. For further information, contact Mark Roblee at internships@history.umass.edu. Applications received by Friday, 31 March 2017 will receive first consideration but later applications may be accepted. 


The NICHOLAS CARR BERGSTEIN SCHOLARSHIP

The Bergstein Scholarship commemorates the life of Nicholas Carr Bergstein, a UMass student who planned on becoming a high school history teacher but sadly passed away in 2015. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student majoring in history with preference given to someone planning a career in teaching. Special consideration will be given to students who are enrolled in the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at UMass. Candidates interested in pursuing careers in higher education may also be considered along with students involved with mentoring, tutoring, or those considered commendable teaching assistants. Nicholas Carr Bergstein was very active in the LGBTQ community and a remarkable young man committed to including everyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, sex or any other defining factors. The scholarship committee will take into consideration students who have shown a demonstrated commitment to diversity and tolerance either through volunteer work, academics or a combination of other endeavors.

Funding for this scholarship will vary annually however applicants this spring can expect $1,000 to be awarded. To be considered, please submit a resume, the name of one member of the History Department who has agreed to serve as a reference, and a short (no more than 2 pages) essay on why you believe you are a strong fit for the scholarship to Suzanne Bell, Undergraduate Program Assistant, at undergrad@history.umass.edu by Friday, 31 March 2017. 


The PAUL GIGUERE SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of Paul Giguere.

Paul E. Giguere established this award to provide scholarship support to undergraduates majoring in History. Students who wish to apply must be enrolled full-time and have completed a minimum of one semester (a student having status as a second-semester first-year or higher may apply); have a minimum GPA of 2.75, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the University's Financial Aid Services office. Preference will be given to students who have served or who are currently serving in the military, who show an interest in pursuing a career in teaching or writing, and or are previous recipients of this scholarship.

Funding for this scholarship varies annually however students applying this spring can expect the award to be approximately $1,500. To be considered, please submit a resume, the name of one member of the History Department who has agreed to serve as a reference, and a short (no more than 1 page) essay on why you believe you are a strong fit for the scholarship to Suzanne Bell, Undergraduate Program Assistant, at undergrad@history.umass.edu by Friday, 31 March 2017


The DAVID H. MAC DONNELL SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship fund was established by David H. Mac Donnell to support and encourage students studying history. It is awarded to a rising junior History major with preference given to a student specializing in Irish or British History. The scholarship may also be awarded to a History major focusing on American History, especially one with an interest in British or Irish connections. A 3.0 GPA minimum is required. The Mac Donnell Scholarship may be renewed for senior year if the recipient maintains their GPA.

Funding for this scholarship varies on an annual basis however students submitting applications this spring can expect the award to be approximately $900. To be considered, please submit a resume, the name of one member of the History Department who has agreed to serve as a reference, and a short (no more than 1 page) essay on why you believe you are a strong fit for the scholarship to Suzanne Bell, Undergraduate Program Assistant, at undergrad@history.umass.edu by Friday, 31 March 2017


The UMASS OXFORD SUMMER SEMINAR SCHOLARSHIPS

Every year the History Department and the Frederic Bauer Endowment funds several scholarships to students accepted to the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar at Oxford University. Students applying to the Oxford Summer Seminar are automatically considered for the scholarship. Since the Oxford program has a rolling admissions policy, the History Department will give priority to applications received by Friday, 31 March 2017. For more information about the Oxford program, Visit the Oxford Summer Seminar website. Annual funding for the scholarships varies on an annual basis but awards have been approximately $1,500 in the past.  


The POTASH TRAVEL GRANT FOR LATIN AMERICA, SPAIN, OR PORTUGAL

The Potash Travel Award is awarded annually by the History Department to a student who plans to engage in research or pursue a course of study at an established university in Spain, Portugal, or Latin American country. Applicants must be in good standing and enrolled as an undergraduate in the Certificate Program in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. Applicants must have a working knowledge of the appropriate language as defined by the Certificate Program regulations and the award will go to the student with the best travel and research proposal. A detailed description of the award, eligibility requirements, and application procedure can be found on the last page of this announcement.

Funding for this award varies annually but students applying this spring can expect an award of $3,000. Applications are due to Suzanne Bell, Undergraduate Program Assistant, at undergrad@history.umass.edu by Friday, 31 March 2017


The JAMES AND CYNTHIA REDMAN SCHOLARSHIP 

The James and Cynthia Redman Scholarship honors the life of James O. Redman, father of Professor Sam Redman and father-in-law of Professor Emily Redman. Jim Redman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a B.A. in history, becoming most interested in modern European and American history. Redman later attended law school and enjoyed a successful career as an attorney in Minnesota. This scholarship honors his legacy by helping to defray costs, purchase books, and generally support the work of undergraduate history majors at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Preference is given to first generation college students, students aspiring to teach history at any level, or military veterans.

Funding for this scholarship will vary annually however applicants this can expect the award to be approximately $500. To be considered, please submit a resume, the name of one member of the History Department who has agreed to serve as a reference, and a short (no more than 1 page) essay on why you believe you are a strong fit for the scholarship to Suzanne Bell, Undergraduate Program Assistant, at undergrad@history.umass.edu by Friday, March 31, 2017. 


The LOUIS GREENBAUM HISTORY WRITING PRIZE

The prize recognizes outstanding papers written for history courses.  All topics are eligible, and essays by majors and non-majors may be entered.  There are two divisions: a class-essay division for papers of 8 to 12 pages, and a term-paper division for longer research papers.

Papers are nominated by faculty, but students who believe that their work is particularly strong are encouraged to ask their instructors if their papers might qualify.


The HISTORY DEPARTMENT OPPORTUNITY AWARD

Established by Prof. Emeritus Ron Story, this is awarded to History majors who have made a particularly outstanding contribution to the department’s undergraduate program. 


The SIMON & SATENIG ERMONIAN SCHOLARS

Krikor Ermonian, Class of 1952 School of Engineering, and enthusiastic History buff, established this award in honor of his parents. The Ermonian Scholars are selected by a faculty committee, based on their history courses and overall GPA, the number of honors courses they took, and the difficulty of their courses within history.


The ROBERT H. MCNEAL SCHOLARSHIP

This is named after the late Professor Robert McNeal, a former colleague who served as chair in the history department in the early 1970s. The scholarship is awarded annually to the graduating senior History major(s) with the highest overall GPA after having taken at least 100 graded credits at the University.


The HAROLD W. CARY PRIZE

This is named after Professor Harold W. Cary.  It is awarded annually to the graduating senior History major(s) with the highest GPA in History courses.


The HOWARD H. QUINT PRIZE

This honors Howard Quint, a former chair of the History Department, who played a key role in the establishment of the university’s honors program, now Commonwealth College. Students from all majors are eligible to compete for this prize; seniors are judged on the basis of writing nominated by their professors.


TRAVEL GRANT FOR LATIN AMERICA, SPAIN OR PORTUGAL

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

The Department of History and the Latin American Studies Program announce the twenty- fourth annual travel grants of $3,000 to be awarded on a competitive basis to two University of Massachusetts students, graduate or undergraduate, who plan to engage in research or pursue a course of study at an established university in Spain, Portugal, or any Latin American country. 

For procedures and qualifications, please click here.