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Beyond the Department

History majors are often also great candidates for other scholarships and prizes, which may be awarded at the college or university level or through other campus entities, like Commonwealth Honors College, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, the Alumni Association, etc, as well as national and international awards.  If you have received an award that’s not listed above, please let us know!  Similarly, if you are wondering if your work or record might be a good fit for another scholarship or other recognition—please ask; we don’t know everything relevant that you’re doing unless you tell us! Contact

Some such prizes and scholarships that history majors have won include:

UMass 21st Century Leader Award recognizing outstanding leadership in graduating seniors.

The HFA Senior Leaderships Award awarded to seniors within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

UMass Rising Researcher Student Achievement Award sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement. It recognizes exceptional students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.

William F. Field Alumni Scholars for juniors for academic achievement and connected skills or contributions.

FLURA (Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award), sponsored by Special Collections and University Archives.

The Charles Moran Best Text Contest, sponsored by the Writing Program at UMass.

The UMass Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award for work connecting academic learning and community engagement in transformative ways. It is awarded by the UMass Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Additional Resources for Finding Scholarships

Alumni Association
Each year, the Alumni Association presents more than 100 scholarships and over $90,000 to students.  Alumni volunteers help select award and scholarship recipients and participate in student ceremonies to celebrate their achievements.

Commonwealth Honors College
Both merit and need-based scholarship information - click here.

Financial Aid Services 
The UMass Financial Aid website includes a Scholarship Database with searching tools for easy matching to available scholarships!

The Office of National Scholarship Advisement
Some funding opportunities in our list require extensive preparation and coaching. You are strongly encouraged to visit the ONSA website to take advantage of the resources they offer to students who plan to apply to nationally competitive programs (e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes, Jack Kent Cooke, Marshall, Mitchell, among others). Or contact the ONSA Office.