History Scholarship Funding Awards & Prizes


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History Undergraduate Awards

Thanks to the generosity of the donors listed below, the History Department is able to award several undergraduates annually to support internships, study abroad, and independent research projects. Nominations for these awards come from faculty advisors and the directors of internships and independent research projects. The department encourages all undergraduates who are involved in any of these activities to discuss possible award nominations with their respective advisors and project directors. 

Some of the History Undergraduate Awards available:

  • Sidney Barsky Memorial Scholarship. Created by the estate of Sidney Barsky in 1995 to reward academic achievement.
  • Duniway Book Prize. Made possible by friends and colleagues to honor the memory of former UW President (1912-1917) Clyde A. Duniway.
  • Sylvester Siren Memorial Scholarship. Created by the Siren family to honor UW graduate (1930) Sylvester J. Siren.
  • William Steckel Undergraduate Scholarship. Made possible by the generosity of Wyoming broadcast pioneer Mr. Jack Rosenthal in honor of one of his favorite history professors.
  • Agnes Mathilde Wergeland Memorial History Prize. Established by Professor Grace Raymond Hebard to honor Agnes Wergeland, one of the pioneering members of this department. 
  • Evelyn F Findeisen Scholarship
  • Excellence Fund in History
  • Mary Lou Pence History Scholarship
  • Coe American Studies

 Application Process

All undergraduate awards are for summer internships or independent research projects under the supervision of History faculty. Students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the summer in order to be funded.
  • Step 1: Faculty member nominates a student after discussing their project. Nominations come to the Undergraduate Awards Committee.
  • Step 2: Students must submit a formal acceptance from the institution sponsoring the internship or a 1-2 page prospectus describing the nature of an independent research project. The prospectus must be approved and signed by the faculty sponsor. Acceptance forms and prospectuses come to the Undergraduate Awards Committee.
  • Step 3: Notifications will be sent out by mid-April.

History Graduate Awards

Graduate Assistantships

Each year, the History Department awards a number of assistantships to our incoming graduate students. These funds are designed to cover part of or all of tuition and fees for the first year of study while also providing hands-on teaching experience. Assistantships may be renewed for a second year, thereby making it possible for tuition expenses to be fully covered for the duration of the Master’s degree program. In some cases, additional funding is available to provide a stipend for the graduate student. If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship, simply indicate this when you are applying to the program .


Thanks to the Larson-McGee Scholarship Endowment, the History Department has been able to provide research support to nearly all of our graduate students for the past several years. This typically provides funding for summer research projects following a student’s first year of study.

Conference Travel

The History Department strongly encourages graduate student participation in regional and national conferences. To that end, the Department has limited travel funds available to offset conference travel expenses. Additional funding may be available through the College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Academic Affairs, and outside sources such as professional organizations, conference conveners, etc. The History Department can assist you in seeking out funding for these types of activities.


History Scholarships and Giving

Generous donor support gives History students access to exciting scholarship and grant opportunities.  Graduate and undergraduate students can apply for funds to support independent research projects, conference travel, internships, and other activities.  

Giving to the Department of History makes it possible for University of Wyoming students to extend their education beyond the classroom, and to prepare for successful careers in History professions.


Questions about Scholarships and Giving? 

Contact Us:

Jeff Means, Chair of the Department of History, jmeans4@uwyo.edu

History Department, uwhistory@uwyo.edu

UW Foundation, foundation@uwyo.edu 


Contact Us

History Building

Dept. 3198

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5101

Email: uwhistory@uwyo.edu

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