Apply for Awards

History majors and graduate students have access to a number of scholarships and awards, which are listed below. Some are awarded by the faculty, while others, like the Dickerson and Welling Scholarships, require a separate application (ask in the Department for details). But if you want funding, you need to help us out by, yes, filling out a form. 

To be eligible for ALL possible awards and scholarships, students MUST fill out UNC’s Universal Scholarship Application. The application is available between Dec. 1 and March 1 for new freshmen and continuing students. AFTER MARCH 1 IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO BE CONSIDERED! Transfer, graduate and international students have until June 1 to apply. The application is not complicated. Click here to apply: Universal Scholarship Application.

We would love to give you funding, but we can only do so if you apply. Fill out that form before the deadline!  

Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Student Scholarships

History Department Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships

William H. Benson Scholarship

  • Awarded to History major with at least 30 credits completed
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Awarded by the History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $500

Don E. Bruner Memorial History Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student who is also eligible for a Provost Scholarship
  • History major who, ideally, is also interested in Anthropology, 3.0 GPA
  • Student must complete UNC financial aid form

*Benjamin F. Byerly Memorial Scholarship

  • Junior History major with emphasis in European History
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA; 3.5 History GPA
  • Submit a 1,000-word essay on the importance of History
  • Awarded by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $500

Anderson A. Cordill Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Student must be eligible for a Provost Scholarship
  • Full-time History major with above average GPA, ability and promise

*Eleanor S. and Alma H. Dickerson Scholarship

  • Junior social sciences student, which includes History majors
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement, personality, and promise
  • Students apply their junior year; ask for application info in Department
  • Estimated amount of award: $1,900

*Elizabeth and John S. Welling Scholarship

  • History, Political Science or social science major with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Apply sophomore year; must show financial need; complete UNC financial aid form
  • Inquire in the History Department for more information
  • Estimated amount of award: $3,900

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Graduate Student Scholarships

*Oliver M. Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

  • Selection by History faculty based on scholarship, personality and promise
  • Inquire in the History Department for more information
  • Estimated amount of award: $1,000-$4,000

Diversity Award

  • Awarded to graduate student in History based on academic ability
  • Awarded by the Graduate School upon recommendation of the History faculty

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History Department Awards

Graduate Dean's Scholarship

  • Awarded to new graduate students for the first year
  • Upon acceptance to the History MA program, have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2
  • Maintain a UNC GPA of at least 3.2
  • Enroll for 3-8 credits to receive $250 per semester
  • Enroll for 9 or more credits to receive $1,000 per semester
  • History will contact you if you are eligible

Alumni Award

  • Awarded to graduating senior History major
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and 3.5 History GPA
  • Awarded by the History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $275

*Pearl Schumann Bloch / James J. Bloch Memorial Endowment

  • Awarded for outstanding research paper on the Holocaust
  • Submissions will be requested by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $400

*Hazel E. Johnson Colorado History Award

  • Awarded for outstanding research paper on Colorado History
  • One undergraduate and one graduate student awarded annually
  • Submissions will be requested by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $275

Hazel E. Johnson Personal Achievement Award

  • Awarded to graduating History major who displays a "zest for life," a commitment to history, a propensity to share life with others, and who inspires others
  • Selected by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $275

Outstanding Junior History Award

  • A junior History student with an outstanding record
  • Selected by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $250

Outstanding Senior History Award

  • A senior History student with an outstanding record
  • Selected by History faculty
  • Estimated amount of award: $275

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Note

Unless otherwise noted, you must use the UNC Universal Scholarship Application available through URSA to apply for any of these scholarships.