College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Scholarships

The Department of History is proud to make the scholarships below available for its students. Please read the descriptions to determine your eligiblity.

Leta Olmstead Smith Scholarship

The Leta Olmstead Smith Scholarship ($6,000): This annual undergraduate scholarship is funded by the estate of Clareta Olmstead Smith, a long-time Ellensburg area resident and member of a Kittitas County pioneer family. The award is named in honor of Miss Clareta Smith's sister, Leta Olmstead Smith. Under the terms of a trust agreement, final selection of the recipient will be made by the trustee, aided by an advisory committee. The WSU History department will accept applications for the award and recommend to the trustee the names of three students. Winners of the Leta Olmstead Smith Scholarship will also be eligible for the other awards, described below. Students who apply for this scholarship will automatically be considered for the others as well. The selection criteria for this scholarship are as follows:

  • Student must be currently enrolled on a full-time basis at WSU. They must also be enrolled full-time during the 2015-2016 academic year
  • This scholarship is available to students majoring in History, History Education, or Social Science Education
  • Student must show outstanding academic ability
  • Preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in American History
  • The scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student
  • Recipients will be required to complete a research project on a topic related to rural history in HISTORY 469 and will submit a copy of the completed paper to the scholarship award committee
  • Children or relatives of Wells Fargo employees or of the trustee advisory committee are not eligible for this scholarship.

Other Scholarships

Other scholarships include the Katherine G. Blinn Scholarship ($750), George & Bernadine Converse Scholarship ($5,000), the Raymond Muse History Scholarship ($500), Morris Reed Scholarship ($1,500), Wayne Stanford Scholarship ($1,500), Winston Thorson Memorial Scholarship ($500), and the William M. Landeen and Claudius O. Johnson Scholarship ($1,500). The committee will also award one and as many as two Ruth C. Magnuson Roberts Scholarships ($500).  The criteria for these awards are as follows:

  • Student must be a certified history major, have completed at least 30 credit hours, and be returning in the fall (2015) 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Student must be majoring in History, Social Studies, or Pre-Law
  • Financial need
  • Student must have completed approximately 18-21 credits in history to be eligible
  • First year transfer students are eligible and must satisfy the same requirements as Pullman students: transfer hours in history must have a 3.3 GPA

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We encourage you to apply for these awards for the 2015-16 academic year. To apply, students must complete an application form, and obtain a letter of recommendation from a WSU history faculty member. Students must also write a letter of formal application. In your letter, be sure to provide:

  1. a short statement indicating why you are studying history;
  2. an explanation of how you meet the selection criteria;
  3. a statement of financial need;
  4. the names of three references who can evaluate your proficiency in the discipline of history;
  5. your permission to release your transcript to the selection committee.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member in history as they prepare their application materials. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be emailed to Ken Anderson, the department’s program Coordinator, at kenneth.anderson@wsu.edu. Please note that a .PDF format is preferred. Hard copies are also acceptable and can be sent to the address below.

Ken Anderson
Department of History
Washington State University
P.O. Box 644030
Pullman, WA 99164-4030

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Each semester, the academic advisor for history contacts qualifying history, social studies, and pre-law majors to apply for departmental scholarships.

Thanks to great alumni and friends, the department is blessed with numerous scholarships available to our majors. Scholarships awarded by competition include:

  • William D. Aiken Memorial Fund
    Awarded to a graduate student.
  • Edward & Margery Bennett Scholarship
    Awarded to graduate students studying diplomatic history.
  • Katherine Gilbert Blinn Scholarship
    Awarded to an undergraduate with an outstanding academic record.
  • Bernard Bobb Excellence Award
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence as the best teaching assistant instructor.
  • George & Gernadine Converse Historical Endowment
    Awarded to undergraduate students for academic excellence.
  • Cooney Family Graduate Research Scholarship
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence in research.
  • Herman J. Deutsch Memorial Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students studying public history or Pacific Northwest history.
  • Frederick Dumin Memorial Scholarship
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence as a teaching assistant.
  • Gillis Graduate Research Scholarship
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence in research.
  • Claudius O. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors with an outstanding academic record.
  • Claudius O. & Mary W. Johnson Graduate Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students for excellence in research.
  • William M. Landeen & Claudius O. Johnson Scholarship Fund
    Awarded to undergraduate majors with an outstanding academic record.
  • Leta Olmstead Smith Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors studying rural history.
  • Raymond Muse History Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors or graduate students with an outstanding academic record.
  • Howard C. Payne Award
    Awarded to undergraduate majors for excellence in research.
  • Pettyjohn Research Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students studying Pacific Northwest history.
  • Morris Reed Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors or graduate students with an outstanding academic record.
  • Ruth Magnuson Roberts Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors with an outstanding academic record.
  • Wayne Stanford History Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors and graduate students with an outstanding academic record.
  • Winston B. Thorson Memorial Scholarship
    Awarded to undergraduate majors with an outstanding academic record.
  • Department of History Graduate Research Fellowship
    Awarded to graduate students to assist in their research project.
  • David H. Stratton Award
    Awarded to graduate students for the best dissertation.

For information on scholarships offered by the history department, please contact Ken Anderson or call 509-335-0432.

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