Awards & Scholarships

History majors and graduate students have access to a number of scholarships and awards, some of which are listed below. Some are awarded by the faculty, while others, like the Dickerson and Welling Scholarships, require a separate application (contact the History 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 December 1 and March 1 for new freshmen and continuing students. After March 1 it will be too late to be considered for the upcoming year. Transfer, graduate and international students have until June 1 to apply. 

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

    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
  • Graduate 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
  • 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