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The Department of History grants several scholarships and
awards to undergraduates and graduate students. The amount and number of
scholarships is dependent upon the income generated each year by the endowment
of the scholarships. For more information about university scholarships and the
application process, visit the Financial Assistance Office’s Scholarship Web site.
Anna Knoll Scholarship
Recipient must be a History major with an interest in ethnic
studies, who is a native of Kansas, with a preference given to students from
western Kansas. Undergraduates and graduates are eligible
Corwin and Mabel Smith Fund
Awarded to a junior History major who has maintained a 3.5
GPA, exhibited academic excellence, and demonstrated a commitment to the study
of History for his/her senior year.
David Miller History
Preference for students majoring in History with a minimum
Eugene R. Craine Memorial
Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior History major with
at least a 3.0 overall GPA. Applicant must include a one-page essay linking his
or her career goals with interest in the study of history.
Veva Stimits Memorial History
Recipient must be an upper division or graduate FHSU student
majoring in History with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Must be juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in
History with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Frank Pechanec Memorial History
Awarded to a junior or senior History major with a 3.0 GPA.
Charles H. and Nita M. Landrum Memorial
Scholarships are for junior and senior students majoring in
History and Political Science. In even years, the scholarship will be presented
to a History major; in odd years, the scholarship will be presented to a
Political Science major. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and show strong
History - Academic Opportunity Award
These awards are for incoming freshmen only.
The Department of History offers several scholarships in
varying amounts annually to History majors based on scholarly performance.
Transfer students are encouraged to apply for these awards. Undergraduate and
graduate students are eligible.
Linda Michaelis Davis
Preference to students majoring in History with a minimum
3.0 GPA. Financial need shall be considered.
Maxine A. Sebelius
Recipients must be students of Norton county majoring in
Political Science or History.
Each calendar year, the Department of History offers $100 awards
for the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper and the Outstanding Graduate
Research Paper. Department faculty members
nominate student papers at the end of each semester, and the Paper Awards’
Committee makes its final determination the following spring. Winners are recognized at the College of Arts
and Sciences’ spring recognition program.
Learning about history does not just happen in the
classroom. The FHSU History program offers the experience of the "real
world" before entering the work force full time. With committed faculty
members to assist you in networking and finding a position, you can spend
valuable time within your field of study while making connections in a field that
interests you. Work at a museum, historical society or other organization
related to your field of study, gain hands-on experience and make valuable
contacts to give you an advantage when applying for graduate school or that
first position after college.
FHSU Internship Program:
Fort Hays State Forsyth Library
Ellis County Historical Society
S. Truman Library and Museum
Buffalo Bill Historic Center
For more information on the Internship Program and the
application process, contact Juti Winchester, internship coordinator. For other internship opportunities not
affiliated with the Department of History, please visit Career Services’ Internship Resources Web site.
The Department of History supports the independent research
of undergraduates. Original archival
research will strengthen your organizational, analytical and writing skills;
plus it is fun to learn new things about a historical site, person, or event.
If you are interested in working on one of the ongoing research projects,
please contact Kim
The department has partnered with a number of community
agencies to do research for them. As
historians-in-training students possess research skills that can benefit local
organizations by filling in the historical gaps. Among our partners are the Downtown Hays
Development Corporation, the Ellis County Historical Society, the Hays
Neighbors, and the Chestnut Street District.
For more information about Service Learning courses or opportunities, contact Kim Perez.
Going on field trips is one way to experience history. Many of our history courses take trips to
historical sites, museums, and archives in the region and out of state. Meet professionals behind the scenes to see
how they actually work. These trips give
you the opportunity to see history in practice, meet with successful professionals
in the field, and explore a variety of career options available to you.
Are you interested
in the history of a particular country or region? Add incredible depth to your degree program
by taking a summer, semester or even a year to engross yourself in the culture
and history of a different part of the world.
Visit the Study
Abroad Web site to learn more!
College is much more than taking classes to earn a degree.
Meet new people, develop your leadership skills, and make an impact on the
campus and community by getting involved in student organizations. The
Department of History sponsors two clubs:
Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honor Society)
With the right academic standing, you could be eligible to join Phi Alpha
Theta, the worldwide honor society for history students. As a member of this
organization, you will learn more about the field of history while spending
time with your peers. Phi Alpha Theta activities include hosting bingo games,
book sales, movie nights, and a summer trip to places like New York City and
For more information about Phi Alpha Theta contact LaGretia
Copp, faculty advisor. Please feel free to visit the Phi Alpha
Theta facebook page.
Ready for action within your major? Engage in discussion
with fellow students as a member of the History Club. Students from any major can join the History
Club, so the membership is as diverse and interesting as the information being
For more information about History Club, contact LaGretia
Copp, faculty advisor.
Beyond activities in the Department of History, majors
become part of many campus-wide organizations, such as Tigers in Service or the
Student Government Association. For more information about the 100+ student
organizations available at FHSU, check out the Center for Student Involvement Web site.
Clio Lecture Series
opportunities are available to history majors?
Meet and talk with historians working in both academic and non-academic
fields at the Department of History’s Clio Lecture Series. Each semester the department invites
historians from the public and private sectors as well as higher education to
share their research and their insights concerning occupational avenues for
For more information
about the Academic and Professional Development Lecture Series, contact LaGretia
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