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Stover Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose: This award is given in honor of John F. Stover. He received his B.A. (1934) and M.A. (1937) from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. (1951) from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Stover came to Purdue in 1947 and served 31 years, until his retirement in 1978. While on the faculty his many books and articles established him as a leading scholar of the history of American railroads, and he continued publishing actively in the field after his retirement and prior to his death in 2007. His wife, Marjorie, an author in her own right, died in April 2013. The Stovers' generosity, with contributions from friends and colleagues, established the Stover Scholarship for the outstanding sophomore history major.

Criteria and selection: Selected by the Undergraduate Committee appointed by the Head of the Department of History, all with the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the student must be an undergraduate history major in his or her sophomore year (3rd or 4th semester). The eligible student will have completed a minimum of three history courses with an A or B average, and earned a graduation index of at least 2.90.

Application material:  Applicant must submit a transcript and a statement (one-to-two pages) indicating academic goals both generally and with respect to the major.  Materials may be mailed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies or placed in the director's mailbox in University Hall Room 231.

Award: The recipient receives fee reimbursement the following semester.

Contact:  Tara Saunders, Academic Program Manager, Purdue University, Department of History, 672 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2087.

Deadline:  Materials must be received by the Academic Program Manager by February 1.