Thanks to the generous support of alumni, friends, and faculty, the History Section is able to award more than $20,000 in scholarship support annually. Application forms for the regular scholarships are distributed annually in December and January, and will be available on this website at that time. Applications for travel scholarships have various due dates; read the individual description for information on applying. Potential donors are invited to contact Department Head Richard Nation.
History Section forms:
Forms can also be picked up in the Department office. For information about graduate scholarships, contact Dr. Ron Delph.
The department also has a number of scholarships to support student travel, which are listed separately below.
Richard Henry "Hank" Abbott
This scholarship is available to full-time graduate students in History and History majors.
This scholarship is available to majors, minors, and graduate students in a History Section program.
Richard David Goff
This scholarship is available to graduate students in History completing their last 15 credit hours who are pursuing a Master's of Arts in History (with Thesis). It is awarded to students based on the quality of their thesis proposal and History GPA. The thesis proposal must be approved by the Graduate History adviser and is only awarded once per student.
This scholarship is available to undergraduate History and Social Studies majors and is renewable.
Fred J. Ericson
This scholarship is available to undergraduate History majors who are seniors. A single-year scholarship, awards are determined by the History Section and selected during the Spring semester for the ensuing year.
This scholarship is available to undergraduate History majors and minors who are juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to applicants who have excelled in the study of English history. Students must be enrolled full-time during at least one semester of the academic year. Awards are determined by the Department Head and the Scholarship Committee.
This scholarship is available to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in History and other coursework. Recipients must be enrolled full-time, have completed at least 12 credit hours at EMU, and at least 9 credit hours of History if a junior or 15 credit hours of History if a senior. Awards are determined by the History Section who are to look for students with excellent writing skills as attested by letters of reference from the faculty.
George R. York
This scholarship is available to juniors and seniors with academic standing sufficient to be placed on the Dean's List or who have demonstrated a comparable indication of academic excellence. Awards are determined by the History Section and granted to students with demonstrable financial need.
Marilyn R. Hill
This scholarship is available to graduate students enrolled in the Travel Study Program sponsored by the History Section or in the Graduate Program in History and is for either tuition or travel expenses. It is awarded based on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If there are no qualified graduate students, the scholarship can be awarded to a qualified undergraduate student. Applications for the Hill/Wittke/Opperman travel scholarships are available here; one application can be used to apply for all three. They are due on November 30th for winter term classes, and, March 15th for the summer term.
Opperman History Travel Fund
The Opperman History Travel Fund supports graduate and undergraduate majors who take a history course that travels as part of the course of study. Preference is given for international travel, which will receive a scholarship of $1000; if there are no qualified international applicants in a given year, an award of $500 will be given for a domestic travel course in the summer. One award will be made for a course taken over winter term break, with applications due November 30th; a second award is available for a summer term class, with applications due February 15th. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, if an undergraduate, and 3.5, if a graduate student, and have completed one semester at Eastern Michigan. Applications for the Hill/Wittke/Opperman travel scholarships are available here; one application can be used to apply for all three.
Pamela Graves Scholarship for Study in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Created in memory of Professor Pamela Graves, this scholarship is to award $1500 a year to one undergraduate student with the intent to fund study abroad in England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales, covering the costs of travel to and from the British Isles and other incidental expenses unique to studying abroad. Students must have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students interested in women's history; GPA is not considered in awarding this scholarship, and students merely must be in good standing (2.0). The applications are due February 15th; if no scholarship is awarded at that time, a second round of applications will be accepted October 15th for the winter term. Applications for study abroad are available here.
Opperman History Research Fund
The Opperman History Research Fund supports graduate or undergraduate students with a grant of up to $2000 for these students to travel to archives for extended research. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, if undergraduate, and 3.5, if a graduate student and have completed one semester at Eastern Michigan. Applications will be late in the winter term. Speak with the faculty member overseeing your research for more details.
Reinhard and Bert Wittke Travel Scholarship
New in the fall of 2014, this scholarship will also support participation in international travel and study abroad. Preference will be given to graduate students in history section programs, followed by undergraduate students in those programs. If no qualified history section students apply for the scholarship, it will be made available to the EMU student body. Applications for the Hill/Wittke/Opperman travel scholarships are available here; one application can be used to apply for all three. They are due on November 30th for winter term classes, and, March 15th for the summer term.