History Department Scholarships & Awards

Each year, the History Department awards a number of merit and need-based scholarships and awards to currently enrolled students. Please review the content below for more information relating to eligibility requirements and application instructions. The department must receive all submissions relating to scholarships and awards by the last Wednesday in February. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee here

Email all application and submission materials to history.scholarships@mtsu.edu by Wednesday, February 24th.

Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for information about additional scholarships open to MTSU students.

Undergraduate Students

Frederic M. Crawford History Scholarship in European and Global History

fred crawfordNamed in honor of Dr. Frederic M. Crawford, who joined the MTSU History Department in 1964 and retired in December 2011. In his 45-year career, Dr. Crawford taught many courses, including Roman and Greek History, the French Revolution and Napoleon, Absolutism and Enlightenment, and Western Civilization. He was well-known for his generosity and his love of baseball and politics.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at MTSU
  • students with an interest in ancient Greece and Rome and/or the French Revolution will be given preference

To apply:

  • submit an essay (no more than 500 words) explaining why they think they should be considered for this scholarship
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-2 awards of $500. 

Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship in History

jennings scholarshipNamed in honor of Edward L. Jennings and his wife, Aileen O. Jennings (a graduate of Cumberland University in 1938), who were both graduates of Liberty High School in DeKalb County, Tennessee. Edward Jennings received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Middle Tennessee, served on the State Board of Education for more than 20 years, served as president of the National Alumni Association in the mid-1960s, and helped organize the MTSU Foundation (and served as one of its trustees for its first 13 years). In recognition of his many contributions to the university, he was honored as "Distinguished Alumnus" on 7 May 1983. Mr. Jennings was an attorney, and Mrs. Jennings was a teacher.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be an undergraduate History major enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours at the time of application
  • have completed at least 15 credit hours of History courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
  • have a minimum 2.7 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • have received the Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship for no more than two years

To apply:

  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation from History faculty members
  • submit a copy of her/his FAFSA or a statement of financial need
  • submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-4 awards of $1,000 ($500 will be granted each semester) 

Ernest Hooper History Scholarship

ernest hooperNamed in honor of Dr. Ernest Hooper, who received his bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State College in 1942 and then served in the Hospital Corps of the U.S. Navy until the end of World War II. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 and 1957. He served as professor and dean at Yankton College from 1958 until 1960, when he joined the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro from the time he was nine until 1950, and he returned to First Presbyterian in 1960 when he joined the faculty. During his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, the Rutherford County Historical Association, and the Rutherford County Retired Teachers Association.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a History major
  • be nominated by a member of a History Department faculty member (each faculty member may nominate one student for this scholarship)
  • have completed at least 60 semester hours of coursework with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in History with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • not have previously received the Hooper Scholarship

To apply:

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) about the value of history and her/his reasons for majoring in History
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-4 awards of $1,000, half of which will be awarded in the Fall semester and the other half of which will be awarded in the Spring semester, so long as the student is registered for classes each semester.

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland Awards

strickland scholarshipNamed in honor of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Lucy Strickland, who were long-time and generous donors to the History Department and advocates for the importance of history in the university and in the community. Dr. Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. was one of the founding members of the History Department in 1963, having joined the faculty in 1949, and he served as the first President of the Faculty Senate. Lucy Strickland also served on the MTSU faculty and was very active in the Murfreesboro community, including service as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This set of three awards was created to recognize outstanding historical research projects by MTSU’s History majors and minors in a public manner each spring semester.

To be eligible for this award, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a currently enrolled, or recently graduated MTSU History major or minor
  • have created an outstanding historical project (for example, a paper, digital history project, public history project, or pedagogical project)

To apply:

  • be nominated by the History faculty member for which the historical research project was created.
  • submit the historical research project to the History Department office no later than the last Wednesday in February

The Scholarship and Awards Committee expects to make 2 awards to History majors and 1 to a History minor of $750.

William and Westy Windham History Scholarship

The William and Westy Windham History Scholarship was established by William and Westy Windham through the MTSU Foundation to benefit students who are working toward becoming history teachers. Dr. William Windham was a member of the MTSU faculty from 1955 to 1989 and served as chairman of the Department of History for eleven years. The late Westy Windham (1927-91) earned a master's degree in sociology at MTSU and was the founder of the Great American Singalong.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • have an overall minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application
  • be pursuing the B.A. or B.S. in History with Teacher Licensure
  • have completed HIST 3010 or 3011
  • completed at least 12 hours of upper division history courses
  • have completed 90 hours overall at time of application

To apply:

  • students may self-nominate by submitting a one paragraph statement about why he or she is pursuing a career in teaching history
  • students may be nominated by history faculty
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1 award of $1,000.

 

Graduate Students

Bart McCash Memorial Scholarship

bart mccashNamed in honor of Dr. William Barton "Bart" McCash, a member of the History Department faculty and its Chair. He was a scholar, teacher, leader, and friend to the department during his 30 years there (1961-1991). He published 2 books and won the university's outstanding teacher award. Students remembered him as a teacher who challenged their assumptions and made them want to learn. Members of the MTSU community honored his integrity and his professional vision. And his many friends and members of his family simply cherish his memory.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be pursuing a Ph.D. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University

To apply:

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-5 awards of $500-$2,000.

Thelma Jennings Scholarship

thelma jenningsNamed in honor of Dr. Thelma Jennings, who taught for a number of years in the Wilson County Public School System. She received her master's degree from MTSU and joined the History faculty in 1996 after received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Her teaching focused on American history, especially the Old South and the Civil War. She retired in 1985 and established this scholarship that same year.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a graduate student majoring in History
  • apply the scholarship toward tuition costs (which excludes students currently holding a full assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver)
  • be nominated by a member of the History Department

To apply:

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-2 awards of $1,000.

 

Both Undergraduate & Graduate Students

James N. Leonard History Scholarship

james leonardNamed in honor of Dr. James N. Leonard to honor his passion for "fostering better racial understanding."

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in History at MTSU
  • there will be a preference for minority students when awarding this scholarship
  • each scholarship is for one academic year. Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration for this scholarship during subsequent years

To apply:

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accpeted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1 award of $500.

James E. Taylor Scholarship

james taylorTo be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a citizen and resident of Rutherford County, Tennessee
  • have financial need
  • preference will be given to a History major with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, though past academic performance will not be the exclusive factor in awarding this scholarship

To apply:

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-3 awards of $500.

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland International Study Award

strickland scholarshipNamed in honor of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Lucy Strickland, who were long-time and generous donors to the History Department and advocates for the importance of history in the university and in the community. Dr. Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. was one of the founding members of the History Department in 1963, having joined the faculty in 1949, and he served as the first President of the Faculty Senate. Lucy Strickland also served on the MTSU faculty and was very active in the Murfreesboro community, including serving as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This Award was established to help defray the costs of participating in any international exchange program established by the MTSU History Department that has a formal memorandum of understanding in place.

To be eligible for this award, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a currently enrolled MTSU undergraduate or graduate History major
  • must have the faculty member overseeing the international study program certify that they are eligble for this international program
  • must be participating in a program established by the MTSU History Department that has a formal memorandum of understanding in place (this currently includes Northumbria University in the U.K.)
  • during an academic year when no candidate comes forward for the student exchange program, the Strickland Study Abroad fund may be used to fund a graduate student pursuing thesis or dissertation study, if this study is done abroad

To apply:

  • submit a 250-word statement about how this will enhance your study as a History major and how the money will be used
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required

The Scholarship and Awards Committee expects to award $5,000 in International Study Awards each academic year.

May Dean Eberling Scholarships

May Dean EberlingNamed in honor of May Dean Eberling, an MTSU alumna who was presented with the Distinguished Service to the Community Award. May Dean Eberling was heavily involved in education, and in historic preservation. She was the first Executive of the Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, as well as the Community Services Director and Executive Producer at WTVF.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:
  • have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • have financial need
  • for undergraduate applicants:
    • must be planning to pursue graduate study in public history
    • have completed 60 hours
    • have completed at least 2 of the following courses:
      • HIST 3010 - The Historian's Craft
      • HIST 3110 - Explorations in Public History
      • HIST 3870 - Digital Public History
      • HIST 4950 - Public History Internship 
  • for graduate applicants:
    • must be pursuing either the Master's degree in Public History, or the Ph.D. in Public History

To apply:

  • provide a brief personal statement outlining his or her interest in pursuing public history, and the value of the study of public history
  • letters of recommendation from History faculty will be accepted, but are not required 

The Scholarship and Awards Committee expects to award (2) $1,000 awards to undergraduate students, (2) $2,500 awards to Master's students, and (2) $4,000 awards to PhD students each academic year. 

 

 

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