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Undergraduate Study

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Prizes for Undergraduate History Majors

We are currently accepting applications for all awards listed above. See below for further information and links to application materials.

Applicants must be currently enrolled and declared History majors at the University of Washington. Students should plan to be registered at the UW in the quarter(s) the award is dispersed; 2008 awards will be dispersed during the 2008-2009 school year.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Faye Wilson Scholarship

The Faye Wilson Scholarship Fund makes possible multiple awards annually to undergraduate History majors. Wilson Scholarships vary in value at the discretion of the selection committee, ranging from one quarter of resident or non-resident tuition up to a full three quarters of resident or non-resident tuition plus a quarterly stipend of as much as $3,000. The awards are based on academic excellence and financial need, with preference given to students with a demonstrable interest in United States history. Applicants must be enrolled students in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors. Former recipients are eligible to apply.
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Schwartz Fellowship

The Schwartz Fellowship Fund makes possible multiple awards annually to History majors with a serious interest in the study of non-Western civilizations (interpreted to include Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East but not the former Soviet Union). Schwartz Fellowships vary in value at the discretion of the selection committee, ranging from one quarter of resident or non-resident tuition up to a full three quarters of resident or non-resident tuition plus a quarterly stipend. The awards are based on demonstrated interest in non-western history and academic excellence. Demonstrated financial need will also be considered but is not a requirement. At the request of the donor, preference will be given to students studying the Middle East and Asia. Applicants must be enrolled students in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors. Former recipients are eligible to apply.
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Freedman - Remak Family Scholarship

The Freedman-Remak Family Scholarship, named for Nancy Freedman and Ben Remak, was created to support History majors who face the high costs of out-of-state tuition. The Freedman-Remak Family Scholarships vary in value at the discretion of the selection committee, ranging from one quarter up to a full three quarters of non-resident tuition. This scholarship will be awarded annually to non-resident History majors with consideration given to academic merit and financial need. Applicants for this scholarship must be out-of-state students, enrolled in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors.
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Sleizer Scholarship

The Sleizer Scholarship Fund makes possible multiple awards annually to undergraduate history majors to assist them with their tuition and other academic-related expenses, such as books and fees. Sleizer Scholarships vary in value at the discretion of the selection committee, ranging from one quarter up to a full three quarters of resident tuition plus a quarterly stipend. This scholarship will be awarded annually to History majors on the basis of academic merit as the sole criterion. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors.
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Research Prizes

Thomas Power Prize

The Thomas Power Prize is given to an undergraduate research paper written in a University of Washington History course in the 2006-2007 academic year or spring quarter 2007. Students must apply for the award; applications are generally accepted in the late Winter. First prize carries an award of $300; honorable mention carries $150. Applicants must be enrolled students in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors.
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York-Mason Prize

The York-Mason Award is given to the best undergraduate research paper or project (including but not limited to scripts, photo essays, radio productions, television or film documentaries, or oral histories) on a topic in the History of African Americans in the American West, broadly defined as any of the states from North Dakota to Texas and west to the Pacific Ocean including Alaska and Hawaii, over the chronological period extending from 1528 to the present. Papers on western Canada or northern Mexico will also be considered. A review committee for the Department will select the best paper or project on the basis of the significance of the work, its style of presentation, and its contribution to the study of History. The award carries $500. Applicants must be enrolled students in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors.
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Travel Awards

Millican Award

The Dr. Frances K. Millican Fund for Undergraduate Research Projects in History supports multiple stipends to undergraduate History majors interested in pursuing multi-quarter, sustained, and in-depth research-and-writing projects. It is intended to help defray the costs of such expenses as traveling to conduct research in archival collections, photocopying documentary materials, and making copies of illustrations for projects. Applicants must have the support of History faculty members committed to supervising their research and writing. Millican Fund awards vary in value at the discretion of the selection committee, typically ranging from $100 to $500. Applicants must be enrolled students in good standing at the University of Washington and declared History majors. 
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Sleizer Award for Academic Travel

The Sleizer Scholarship Fund makes possible multiple grants of up to $5,000 to undergraduate history majors to support international travel for the purposes of historical research, participation in group study programs, or other academic purposes. Except in extraordinary cases it is expected that undergraduate recipients will use the award in conjunction with a UW approved study-abroad program.
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Willstadter Snow-Smith Fund for Study in Europe

The Robert Edward Willstadter and Joanne Snow-Smith Fund makes possible grants of up to $5,000 to undergraduate history majors and graduate students in history to support travel to Europe for the purposes of historical research, participation in group study programs, language training, or other academic purposes. It is expected that undergraduate recipients will use the award in conjunction with a UW-approved study-abroad program. This competition is held during Autumn quarter, usually during the month of November.

Other Awards

Pressly Prize

The Pressly Prize, named for University of Washington emeritus professor of History Thomas Pressly and his wife, Cameron, recognizes outstanding teaching at the secondary level in the state of Washington. The Department relies entirely on nominations from students to bring worthy candidates to our attention. Nominations are accepted from any current University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student.
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