Scholarships and prizes
For a list of recent recipients, see Student Awards.
The History Department offers several scholarships and awards for undergraduate history majors and graduate students. Students must be enrolled at CSUS during the Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year in which they apply in order to receive funding.
Download the paper application for specific applications requirements and deadlines (hyperlinked to the scholarship name). Applications and papers should be submitted to the History Department office in Tahoe 3080.
Due to adverse economic conditions, not all scholarships can be offered every year.
Undergraduate Student Scholarships and Awards
The McGowan Prize is the History Department’s oldest and most venerable award. It provides $300 for the best paper written by an undergraduate major. Paper submissions are normally made through history instructors, but direct submissions from students will be accepted.
The Peter H. Shattuck Undergraduate Scholarship provides two scholarships of approximately $3000 each for undergraduate majors.
The Department of History Undergraduate Scholarship is one scholarship of approximately $1000 for undergraduate majors.
Senator Nicholas C. Petris Scholarship* is for students studying Hellenic Studies. Award amounts vary and applications are submitted to the Hellenic Studies Program through the History Department.
Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards
The George and Eleanor Craft Graduate Scholarship (not available AY 2012-2013) provides about $1500 each to two classified history graduate students. Recipients are normally in their second year.
The Faculty Graduate Writing Prize in History (not available AY 2012-2013) provides about $300 in prize money for the two best papers written by history graduate students in their programs. Recipients would normally be in their second year.
The Kenneth N. Owens Award for Excellence in Public History for currently enrolled Public History graduate student who has completed 15 hours of PH coursework. One page written statement of Public History accomplishments (with supporting documents). Award is approximately $500.
The Lawrence A. Brooks Graduate Conference Scholarship (not available AY 2012-2013) has up to $200 for participation at an academic conference.
The George Bramson Award for Historic Preservation is for graduate student achievement in historic preservation. Award is approximately $1,000 every other year.
* Petris scholarships are also open to eligible graduate students.
See the CSUS scholarship list. Note that the James William Whitsell Scholarship gives preference to History majors.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship: for students who are currently a grade 7-12 teacher or who plan on becoming one.