Endowed Awards

Our generous alumni have made the following awards available to current Department of History undergraduate students. Funds are competitive and notification of awards is made at the end of every spring semester. To endow a new award please contact the department chair.

Application for all four scholarships are due in the middle of Spring semester and will be considered by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee of the Department of History. The exact date on which applications are due each year is announced on Professor Tabuteau’s listserv. There is no application form: your letter of application serves as your application form.

THE SINCLAIR AND S. SUZANNE POWELL SCHOLARSHIP IN TRANSPORTATION HISTORY

  • Recipients shall be undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of History who have a strong interest in Transportation History.
  • Please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, and (2) two letters of recommendation.; At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History.
  • Past Recipients: Duncan Tarr 2016

ANTHONY AND MARY JOAN WOODS SCHOLARSHIP FOR RESEARCH

  • Anthony E. Woods, Sr. and his wife Mary Joan Woods are the late parents of MSU alumnus Anthony E. Woods, Jr. Tony, Sr. served in World War II. After the war, he married Mary Mary Joan, who as an English teacher with Tony at Mt. Clemens High School in Michigan. The couple later moved to Dearborn, where they both continued teaching. Anthony Woods, Jr. and Kay Samuelson Woods have established this scholarship in honor of Tony, Sr. and Mary Joan. The scholarship honors their legacy of teaching and philanthropy. It is the first established by a donor to support the History Scholars Program.
  •  The award funds annually the research of a student in the History Scholars Program, or if determined by the department, a promising student majoring in History with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, and (2) two letters of recommendation.; At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.
  • Past Recipients: Anna Cumming 2017, Haley Keefer 2016

SANDRA SAGESER CLARK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • Sandra Sageser Clark is the Director of the Michigan Historical Center, a state agency that includes ten museums, the State Archives of Michigan and historic preservation, archeology and publications programs. She is the former editor of Michigan History Magazine and has served as president of the American Association for State and Local History. She is particularly interested in assisting students majoring in history who plan careers that will help the public discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage through museums, archives, publications, historical preservation, and other public history programs.
  • Applicants should be History majors who will be juniors or seniors during the following academic year. Preference will be given to “students interested in careers in public history.”
  • Please submit (1) a statement–approximately one page, typed, double-spaced–of the applicant’s interest in and engagement with public history and (2) two letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation must be from a professor of history at Michigan State. The second recommendation may be either from a professor of history at Michigan State or from the applicant’s supervisor in a public history activity.
  • Past Recipients: Zachariah Torrey 2017, Dylan Border 2016

ROBERT AND CATHERINE WORKMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • This award is intended for students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the University’s criteria, who are enrolled in the College of Social Science with a major in History, and who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.5, both cumulatively and in the last semester completed at MSU.
  • To apply for the Workman scholarship, please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, (2) proof of your financial need, and (3) two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.
  • Past Recipients: Manon Steel 2017, Dylan Border 2016

HARRY REED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY

  • This award is intended for undergraduate history juniors with either African American history or American history as their major area of emphasis. Harry Reed is an Emeritus Professor of History at Michigan State.
  • Please submit (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship, and (2) two letters of recommendation.; At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a professor in the Department of History; the other should be from someone who can also tell us about your academic performance.
  • Past Recipients: Zachariah Torrey 2017, Haley Keefer 2016

THE J. MORGAN SWEENEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • This award honors the late Professor Sweeney, who led MSU Study Abroad Programs to Great Britain for many years. The award is for History students participating in the Department’s Study Abroad Programs. Applicants should have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a History GPA of 3.25.
  • Please submit a 250-500 word essay discussing reasons for wishing to study abroad and a letter of recommendation from a member of the History Department faculty.
  • Past Recipients: Allie Pail 2017, Elizabeth Schondelmayer 2016

THE IRENE STEINDLER ENDOWMENT IN HISTORY 

  • This honor gives an award to an undergraduate or graduate student with initiatives to promote diversity programs or activities related to the History Department’s participation in or collaboration with the university’s Jewish Studies Program.
  • Please submit, (1) a letter of application, stating your interest in and eligibility for the scholarship and (2) submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a member of the History Department faculty.
  • Past Recipients: Anna Cumming 2017, Bradley Isakson & Micaela Procopio 2016

THE ROUT-WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP

  • The Rout-Williams Award in history remembers Dr. Les Rout, one of the first African American professors in the department, and Dr. Frederick Williams, former chair of the department, honors an outstanding history sophomore.
  • Past Recipients: Alyse Arnold 2017, Trenton Koch 2016