Scholarships

  • History Achievement Scholarship
  • History Research Grant
  • History Essay Prize

Each spring term, the History Faculty at Western Oregon University will award a $1,000 scholarship to a History major in their Sophomore or Junior year who will be returning in the following academic year as a History major. This scholarship is supported by a small endowment created in 1990 that grew through contributions from alumni and WOU faculty.

Applications should be submitted online through the WOU AcademicWorks Scholarship Management system.

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION

1. The scholarship candidate must be a History major.

2. The candidates should have completed some history coursework at WOU, preferably at the upper-division (300 or 400) level.

3. Applicants must have sophomore or junior status to be eligible.

4. Normally, the scholarship should only be awarded once to a student.

5. GPA and completed history coursework will be considered in the review process.

6. Applicants should submit a paper (one) completed in a history course at WOU, preferably in an upper-division history course. Applications should include the essay and a cover sheet that contains the following information: name of applicant, the name of the course in which the paper was completed, the name of the faculty member who taught the course, and the term that the course was taken.

7. The application deadline is May 1st.

8. Applications will be reviewed by the WOU History Faculty.

9. The WOU History Faculty may choose not to award a scholarship in a given year if they determine that none of the applications merit a scholarship.

10. The scholarship winner will be announced by the end of the Spring term (June 15).

AWARD A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to the candidate selected by the WOU History Faculty. The scholarship will be awarded through the Financial Aid office. The winner will receive the scholarship over the course of the subsequent academic year. The awarding of the scholarship will be subject to the availability of funds and the WOU History Faculty may choose to raise or lower the scholarship amount. The WOU History Faculty may also choose to offer multiple scholarships as funds become available.

Contact the chair of the Department of History with any questions about this scholarship.

For assistance with AcademicWorks, contact the WOU Foundation.

The History Department at Western Oregon University is pleased to offer a History Research Grant to history majors in their senior year. This grant is designed to support student research and the costs associated with that research for the History 499 Senior Seminar course. The grant amount varies year to year but has historically been in the range of $200-$350.

Students who have completed all of the Fall and Winter Senior Seminar requirements are eligible for the research grant.

To apply, history majors entering the History 499 Senior Seminar in the spring term should submit the following materials to the Chairperson of the Department of History no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the first week of spring term.

A one-page cover letter. The cover letter should include your name, the working title of your paper, a statement of your thesis and an outline of the revisions you are making to your original research paper. Please discuss the specific tasks that remain to complete the research for your senior thesis and how you would use this research grant to support the completion of that research.

A one-page budget. Provide an itemized list of your budget needs and a paragraph discussing how you would use the research grant funds. (Past examples have included photocopying, purchase of books or other research materials, travel to Portland or Eugene for archival or library research, etc.)

A copy of your most recent unofficial transcripts. You may use a print-out from your Wolf Web account.

A copy of your original paper.

The application materials must be submitted to the history chair by Friday of the first week of spring term. You may bring them to the Social Science Division office at HSS 231A during business hours.

The research grant will be awarded by the history faculty in a competitive process. In addition to the application materials described above, the history faculty will also consider the completion of fall/winter assignments such as the annotated bibliography.

The recipient(s) of this grant will be recognized at an awards celebration sponsored by the WOU foundation.

The History Department is pleased to announce the creation of a History Essay Prize. Each Spring term (as funds are available), the History Department will award a $50 prize for the best essay written in an upper-division History course offered at WOU.

This prize is open to any WOU student, regardless of major or academic status. The essay must have been written for an upper-division (300 or 400) level history course in the preceding Spring, Fall or Winter term at WOU. Essays written in HST 499 are not eligible.

Each student may submit only one essay to be considered for this prize.

Applications should include the essay and a cover sheet that contains the following information: name of applicant, email address, phone number, the name of the course in which the paper was completed, the name of the faculty member who taught the course, and the term that the course was taken.

Applications are due by the second Friday of Spring term and should be submitted as a hard copy to the mailbox of the Chair of the Department of History in the Social Science Division office in HSS 231.

The winner will be announced before the end of Spring term.

Please direct any questions about this prize and the application process to Professor David Doellinger, Chair, Department of History, HSS 212, 503-838-8254, doellind@wou.edu.

 

 

The following are the History Research Grant recipients listed by year with titles of senior theses:

2010-2011

Sarah Berry, “Pancho Villa and the Lord of the Skies: Narcocorridos in the Corrido Tradition”

Jennifer Newby, “Jane Addams and Children: Educating the Future One Child at a Time”

2009-2010

Hannah Marshall, “Voluntary Food Conservation: The United States Home Front During the First World War”

Sarah Hardy, “Temperance and Beyond: The Oregon Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and Progressive Reform during the First World War”

2008-2009

Kristin Johnson, “Oversimplified Men: A Striking Comparison to Society in the 21st Century”

Joshua Hall, “Erythrean Sea Trade: The Origin of Rome’s Contact with China”

Mary Wright, “Marius’ Mules: Paving the Way to Power”

Nolan Kinney, “Positivism in Poland”

Richard Mansker, “Augustan Propaganda: An Examination of the Ara Pacis Augustae”

2007-2008

Matt Bond, “Ivan the Terrible”

2006-2007

Chris Breyer, “Culpability and Concealed Motives: An Analysis of the Parties Involved in the Diversion of the Fourth Crusade”

Nolan Doyle, “Rome’s Bloody Nose: The Pannonian Revolt, Teutoburg Forest, and the Formation of Roman Frontiers”

2005-2006

Emily Holmes, “From Side Eddies to Man Stream: The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504 Sit-Ins”

Kevin Jeffries, “The Propaganda of Augustus Caesar: How Peace, Power and Stability was Achieved During the Age of Augustus”

Tara Jones, “Footbinding in China”

2004-2005

Ashley Bell, “Neolin and Tenskwatawa: A Comparison of Two Nativist Prophets”

Daniel Van Winkle, “An Examination of the Use of History in the Rise of Ethnic Nationalism in the Former Socialist Federation of Yugoslavia”

2003-2004

Toni Kelly, “She Left an American: Hilda Satt Polacheck, Settlement Houses and Progressive Reform”

Clinton Trimmer, “The Salvation Army: A Case Study of How Industrialism Affected Charities”

2002-2003

Kalah Paisley, “The First Amendment According to Everson”

Kristin Williams, “The National Park Concessions System: A Case Study of Crater Lake National Park”

2001-2002

Christine Hull, “Belżec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Answer to the “Jewish Question”

2000-2001

Thomas Bahde, “The Trammels of Nationality: Re-examining the German-American Civil War Experience”

Andrea Blake, “Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt: Transformation from Medieval to Modern Warfare”

1999-2000

Nicole R. Miller, “Heresy and the Dialectics of Toleration in Languedoc during the Cathar Wars”

Isaac Stephens, “The English Reformation: A Historiographical Understanding”

 

 

Contact

Division of Social Sciences 

503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu Location: HSS 231