History Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available if you are majoring in history.  Please note that you are also eligible for any college-wide or university-level scholarships. (Note that a few awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty nomination, invitation to apply, or another process different from scholarships.)

Lorena Murphy Undergraduate Scholarship

Lorena Murphy worked at Purdue University from 1964 to 1993 as an Account Clerk for Housing and Food Services.  She also had a passion for the past, took courses in the History Department, and received her B.A. in History in 1990.  Lorena Murphy passed away in 2008.  In her honor, the Lorena Murphy estate has made this scholarship available to outstanding history majors to help defray costs of their undergraduate education, specifically for the “purchase of history textbooks for deserving students.”  

Deadline: February 15
Amount: variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

Selected by the Undergraduate Committee and Department Head based on academic excellence, the recipient of the award must be an undergraduate History major who has completed at least four History courses with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses and an overall graduation index of at least 3.00.  The recipient will receive reimbursement for the purchase of history textbooks.

To Apply:

Please contact Department Head.


Henry G. Waltmann Award

Awarded to an outstanding Junior History major in 5th or 6th semester to be used during the recipient's senior year. Given in memory of Professor Henry Waltmann, an outstanding teacher of undergraduates.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $200
Criteria for Eligibility:

The recipient must be a member of the Phi Alpha Theta organization.

To Apply:

Contact: Professor Nancy Gabin


Kneale Literary Awards

Awarded to students who have written the two best History papers.

Deadline: Variable
Amount: 1st Place $200 2nd Place $100
Criteria for Eligibility:

See Literary Awards Web site for details.

To Apply:

See Literary Awards Web site.


Outstanding Senior Award: History

Awarded to a Senior History major who has achieved academic success; demonstrated a commitment to his/her major; balanced an academic load with extracurricular activities and/or a job; demonstrated leadership ability.

Deadline:
Amount:
Criteria for Eligibility:
To Apply:

Contact: Professor Nancy Gabin


Graduate Student Teaching Award

Awarded to a graduate teaching assistant with outstanding teaching contributions and who shows dedication to Purdue.

Deadline: Variable
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

Awarded to a graduate teaching assistant with outstanding teaching contributions and who shows dedication to Purdue.

To Apply:

Contact: Professor John L. Larson


Stover Undergraduate Scholarship

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. John came to Purdue in 1947 and served 31 years, till 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 since his retirement and prior to his death in 2007. His wife, Marjorie, an author in her own right, still lives in Nebraska, where they had moved after Professor Stover's retirement. Their generosity, with contributions from friends and colleagues, has established the Stover Scholarship for the outstanding sophomore history major.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

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.

To Apply:

For more information, please contact Professor Nancy Gabin or go to the departmental Web site


Job-Ready Internship Award

Job-Ready will bring students’ critical skills to organizations addressing important issues while providing students with hands-on work experience. Students whose internships are unpaid or low-paid may apply for financial support enabling them to cover basic costs incurred while interning. Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 RECIPIENTS! Get out there and show the world how Liberal Arts works.

Click here for spotlights of past recipients.

 

Deadline: Rolling Selections up to May 1
Amount: up to $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

An award for undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts major at Purdue University West Lafayette who have secured a career-launching unpaid or low-paid summer or semester internship and who will return to classes after their internship experience. On-campus internships are not eligible. 

Job-Ready funds for Summer 2017 have all been awarded, and applications are now closed. Congratulations to the students selected to receive this support!

 

 

 

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted February through May 1 for 2017. Awards will be made bi-weekly on a rolling basis. Upload your job offer letter and apply here

For more information on this award, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu 
For more information about internships, contact Jennifer Perkins, Internship Manager, Liberal Arts Career Center 1289 Beering Hall. 


Lary W. Troutner Scholarship in History

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

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 or junior year. The eligible student will have a program (major) index of at least 3.5 and a graduation index of at least 3.0.

To Apply:

Contact: Professor Nancy Gabin, ngabin@purdue.edu
For additional information, please see the departmental scholarship Web site.


James J. Shevlin Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship was established in December 2004 by Catherine Shevlin Pierce (MA 1964, History; HDR 2005, College of Liberal Arts) and Thomas J. Pierce in memory of Catherine’s father, James J. Shevlin.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

The scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate history majors participating in the Study Abroad Program for either a full semester (includes summer sessions) or the entire academic year. Selected by Undergraduate Committee and Department Head based on academic excellence (min. 3.0 GPA) as well as suitability of the experience for meeting the student's educational objectives. Must be a registered undergraduate history major at Purdue, West Lafayette campus, and scheduled to participate in history courses sponsored by the Department of History, or, if approved, through another university while studying abroad.

To Apply:

Contact: Professor Nancy Gabin, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Purdue University, Department of History, 672 Oval Drive, University Hall, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2087.


Dr. Donald L. Parman and Nadyne J. Parman Indiana Challenge Match Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

For undergraduate scholarships for in-state students majoring in the Department of History.

To Apply:

Please contact Professor Nancy Gabin, Department Head of the Department of History.


The Brant Family Indiana Oxygen Company Scholarship

Wally Brant is the CEO of Indiana Oxygen Company (IOC), a fourth-generation, family-owned Indiana company that manufactures and distributes industrial, laboratory, and medical gases as well as welding equipment and supplies. IOC has ten locations in Indiana and Ohio.

A 1971 graduate of Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts, he served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator on a B-52 Combat Crew serving in South-East Asia during the Vietnam War. After completing his military service, and reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he had planned to attend law school. But, when he learned that the family business was going to be sold, he came back to Indiana, joined the family business and then borrowed money to purchase majority interest in the company. He became CEO in 1982. 

Wally Brant is married and has two children who have joined Indiana Oxygen in 2010 to make it a Four-Generation family-owned business.

 

Deadline: February 15
Amount: variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

For undergraduate Indiana residents who are enrolled in the Department of History.

To Apply:

Please contact Professor Nancy Gabin


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