Through the generosity of donors, the History Department is very pleased to be able to give out a number of scholarships and awards to outstanding students every spring. Applicants must have declared a major in History, or be enrolled in the M.A. program. In Spring 2013 the Department awarded students over $50,000 worth of scholarships and awards.
Students may apply for the following scholarships and awards each Spring (information and deadlines will be posted by February 1).
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 Baur Scholarships are given to deserving CSUN History majors and History Master’s students. The award is a credit for at least half of the student’s full CSUN California resident tuition and fees.
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).
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.
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.
The Charles Macune Award
This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate History major or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in history in a public forum.
The Ron Davis Award for US Southern History
This award is given to a student doing original research in Southern US History.
The James Sefton Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a History major or graduate student enrolled in the University’s Department of History program, who has a demonstrated interest in United States political, constitutional, or military history.
Best Paper Competition
The Department gives two Best Paper awards: one for best paper by an undergraduate major and one for best paper a graduate student.
Awards for Undergraduate Students:
The Christine and Albert Zoraster Fellowship
This fellowship is given to a junior or senior with at least 12 units completed at CSUN.
The Robert Bailey Memorial Award
This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate upper division History major.
Awards for Graduate Students
The Rena Vassar Fellowship
This fellowship is given to a classified graduate student who has great promise, has completed at least 12 units of graduate work at CSUN, and is not in the final semester of his/her graduate program.
The Stelck Memorial Award
This award is given to an outstanding graduate student in any of the Department’s post-baccalaureate programs (M.A., 2nd B.A., Credential).
Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for information about financial aid including grants, loans and scholarships not available through the history department.