More information and application forms are available from the Department of History Advising Office, 4451 Friedmann Hall.
The WMU Office of Financial Aid has extensive information on scholarships, grants and awards available to undergraduate students.
History Fellowship Award
Thanks to generous donations, Western Michigan University’s Department of History will award several renewable $1,000 fellowships each year to selected newly admitted, full-time freshman students with declared majors in History (LEC), Public History, History Education, or Social Studies Education, with History minor. A minimum 3.5 high school GPA is required at the time of application. Submissions must be postmarked by January 29. Click here for more information.
Undergraduate Fellows Emeriti Grant Program
The History Undergraduate Fellows grant program funds undergraduate history majors and minors who engage in scholarly activities outside the classroom and/or who pursue opportunities that advance their professional goals as historians. Grants ranging from $50-$500 are awarded to further research, encourage internship or volunteer experiences, defray the cost of travel to a scholarly conference, or in support of other scholarly or professional activities in history. Applicants must submit an application form, a resume, transcript, a brief statement describing the project, a proposed budget, and a statement of support from a faculty mentor. Applications are due on November 15 for projects taking place in the Spring Semester, and on April 1 for projects taking place in Summer I and II and Fall Semesters. More information.
Peter J. Schmitt Endowment for Experiential Learning
Dr. Peter Schmitt taught for 43 years in the Department of History at WMU and he valued nontraditional learning experiences that explored the natural world, the built environment and human ingenuity. The friends and family of Dr. Schmitt created this endowment fund as a legacy to him. Fund grants of up to $500 will support varied learning experiences that enhance awareness, understanding and knowledge of the interconnectedness of history with the arts and the natural world. It would include but not be limited to participating in short courses in art or architectural history, in field biology learning experiences, in workshops in historic preservation or traditional crafts, in retreat experiences that emphasize an understanding of the natural world, or in other activities that promote personal insight into the interrelationships between people and their environments, especially in historical contexts.
All members of the Western Michigan University community (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, emeriti, alumni, and staff) are eligible to apply to the Peter J. Schmitt Endowment for Experiential Learning. To be eligible for this grant, undergraduate students must have completed at least thirty hours of course work at Western Michigan University, and have maintained a GPA of 2.50 or higher. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students will be given preference in two out of a three year grant cycle, but if no suitable student applications are received, funding may go to faculty and staff.
Applicants must submit an application form, a resume or CV, a proposed budget, and a short essay (2-3 pages) that describes the experiential learning activity they wish to attend and explains how that activity might broaden or deepen their current understanding of the interconnectedness of people and their environments in historical contexts. Published information about the experiential learning program should be included in the application packet. Undergraduate and graduate student applicants should also submit a current transcript. Completed applications must be submitted to the History Department Chair by March 1.
Smith Burnham Outstanding Intern Award
The purpose of the outstanding intern award is to encourage an environment in which a future teacher is given close, expert supervision. The intern participates in a variety of authentic teaching experiences with at least one, and often several, outstanding teachers at Portage Central High School. WMU’s College of Education’s Office of Field Placements works with the History Department in this placement. The intern teacher also receives letters of recommendation from his/her supervising teachers at PCHS, a member of WMU’s History Department, and the PCHS school principal following the completion of the internship. Applicants are required to submit the following:
The Margaret Macmillan Undergraduate Writing Award
The Margaret Macmillan writing award honors undergraduate papers of not more than 4000 words (excluding notes and bibliography). Submissions are unrestricted as to historical subject and will be judged according to the following criteria:
The Cheryl Lyon-Jenness Advanced Undergraduate Writing Award
The Cheryl Lyon-Jenness Advance Undergraduate writing award honors student papers exceeding 4,000 words that fall under the broad rubric of research papers. This includes senior theses, historiographical works, material culture or museum related pieces, methodological/theoretical analyses, and critical review essays. Submissions are unrestricted as to historical subject and will be judged according to the following criteria:
Only papers prepared for courses taken or completed during the current academic year will be considered. A call for submission announcement is forwarded to students each winter; the deadline for submissions is mid February. The recipient of the Cheryl Lyon-Jenness writing award receives a stipend of $350.