Apply for Scholarships and Awards

March 13, 2017


Through the generosity of donors, the History Department every spring is pleased to distribute over $50,000 worth of scholarships and awards to outstanding students.  Applicants must be History majors or History master’s students.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form.  

Highest GPA Award 

The David Bullough Memorial Award

This award is automatically awarded to the graduating senior history major with the highest grade average.  The award is named in honor of the son of Emeritus Professor Vern Bullough, who was killed in an accident in Israel in 1967.

 Best undergraduate paper 

The History Department’s “Best Undergraduate Paper Award” is awarded for the best undergraduate history research paper written by a senior History major.

 Best graduate paper 

The History department’s “Best Graduate Paper Award” is awarded for the best graduate paper produced by a graduate student in a graduate level course

 General awards for undergraduate student achievement

The Baur Scholarships

These scholarships are provided through the generosity of the late Professor John Baur, who taught in the Department from 1964 until his death from cancer in 1993.

The Robert Bailey Memorial Award

This award is presented to the outstanding undergraduate history major and is named in honor of the father of Terry Bailey, a history major who lost his father at the time he was graduating and entering law school.

The Christine and Albert Zoraster Fellowship

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate in their junior or senior year with at least 12 units completed at CSUN.  This scholarship was established by the Zoraster family, long time patrons of the CSUN History Department and its students.

General awards for graduate student achievement

The Stelck Memorial Award

This award is presented to the outstanding graduating student in the History Masters program and is named in honor of the parents of Emeritus Professor Del Stelck.

The Rena Vassar Fellowship

This award is presented to a classified graduate student who has great promise, completed 12 graduate units at CSUN, and is not in the final semester of the graduate program.  The Rena Vassar Graduate Fellowship was founded in 1989 in memory of her distinguished career and service as a professor specializing in Colonial U.S. and education in U.S. history at CSUN.

Special award for undergraduate or graduate student achievement

 The Charles Macune Award

This award is given in honor of Emeritus Professor Charles Macune in recognition of his devoted service to the Department and the University.  Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate History major who has demonstrated excellence by presenting a paper at a professional conference by publication of a journal article; by classroom performance; by service as a 694 teaching aide; or as a leader of a student organization.

Special award for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a teaching career

The Michael Patterson Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of the late Professor Michael Patterson, who taught in the Department from 1969 until his death in 1993.  He devoted much time and energy to the preparation of students for our credential programs.  This scholarship, therefore, is intended to assist a promising History major or graduate student who is currently enrolled, or who will be enrolled in either a credential program through the CSUN College of Education, or the Social Science Subject Matter Program (SSSMP).

Special award for returning undergraduate and graduate students

The Ethel Eichenberger Bruce and William John Bruce Memorial Award

This award is given to a promising undergraduate or graduate student majoring in history.  Recipients must have completed at least 12 units of coursework at CSUN.  Special consideration will be given to students who have returned to college after a significant interruption or delay in their collegiate study.

Special award for returning undergraduate and graduate students with dependents

The Ricci-Lothrop Scholarship

This scholarship was established in the Fall of 2002 in memory of Maria Ricci, through the generosity of her daughter, Professor Emeritus Gloria Ricci Lothrop, with the assistance of the W.P. Whitsett Foundation.  The scholarship is intended to assist a promising student with dependent children who is returning to the university following a significant interruption in his/her college study or a delay in beginning collegiate study.

Special awards for undergraduate and graduate students in US history

The Ron Davis Award

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Ronald L.F. Davis by history alumni to support students focusing on the study of American History with a Southern United States emphasis.  Recipients are to be chosen by History Department Faculty.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

The Chatsworth Chapter of the DAR has offered a $500 Scholarship this semester to a Junior, Senior, or Graduate History student focusing on American history.  The name of the scholarship is the Chatsworth Chapter NSDAR History Scholarship and the criteria include: student area of focus—American history; U.S. citizen; minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0; upper division standing; demonstrated leadership ability and good character; personal essay; and financial need.

The Jim Sefton Scholarship

The annual distributions from the James Sefton Scholarship Endowment will provide an annual scholarship award(s) for students enrolled in the University’s Department of History program, who is a History major or graduate student with a demonstrated interest in United States political, constitutional, or military history. The Scholarship recipients will have a record of strong academic performance and potential for continue intellectual growth.

Click here for Scholarship Application Form.

Some tips on asking for recommendations:

Most of the awards require students to ask faculty members for recommendations.  Students should not hesitate to ask faculty members for recommendations!  Faculty want to see students do well and writing recommendations are part of making that happen!  But students should bear in mind a few things:

1)    Faculty are busy.  Make sure that you ask them at least two weeks before the deadline and tell them exactly when the deadline is.  A reminder a few days before doesn’t hurt either!

2)    Faculty will write better recommendations for students that they know a little bit.  Try to ask faculty whom you have met outside of class for office hours or with whom you have worked closely.  (It is not a bad idea to make it a policy to visit all your professors outside of class, since you will sooner or later need a recommendation for something!)

3)    It is a good idea to ask in person.  It is polite, and many faculty remember faces rather than names, so an email may be mysterious.  Also an in-person meeting allows your faculty member to ask you any questions that they need to.

4)    Try to pick professors in whose class you did well!  They can’t say nice things about you if your work wasn’t very good.

5)    When you ask, be ready to tell them which award you are applying for, why you have chosen them, and supply your statement of purpose or letter of application.  Also, if you haven’t seen them in awhile, give them some idea of what you have been up to in the meantime.  All of this will allow them to write a better letter for you.

General Advice for Writing Letters of Application or Personal Statements: 

  • Emphasize academic accomplishments and personal characteristics that make you distinct
  • Tell a compelling story about yourself, your life experiences, and your long-term goals. 
  • Provide specific examples illustrating your experiences, accomplishments, and characteristics. 
  • If you are applying for an award that identifies certain prerequisites (ex. Ricci-Lothrop), make sure you address them. 
  • Be honest. You do not need to lie about or overstate your accomplishments.  
  • Proofread! Proofread! Proofread


The Deadline Date to submit completed application to Kelly Winkleblack-Shea in the History Department office is Monday, April 10, 2017.