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The Richard and Louise Wilde Award – Amounts: 1 (one) award of $7000, 3 (three) awards of $2000
Master’s Students, Credential Students, and Advanced Undergraduates are eligible. Student must demonstrate strong interest in pedagogy, specifically in teaching history. The recipient of the $7000 award also receives a year-long student internship with the editorial board of the prestigious journal The History Teacher, which is published out of CSULB’s History Department. The internship requires approximately 100 hours (six hours per week) of work per semester.

Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Master’s Student Award- Amounts: 2 (two) awards of $1250/each
Given to a Master’s Student in history who will be continuing in the M.A. program the following fall, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

The Lynne Israelsky Memorial Scholarship Award- Amount: $1000
Given in honor of Lynne Israelsky, awarded to a History Credential student.

Elizabeth Nielsen Scholarships (2)- Amounts: $1000, $500
Awarded to two outstanding History majors of sophomore or junior status to enable recipients to complete the BA in the History Department.

The Xiaolan Bao Memorial Scholarship – Amounts: 2 (two) awards of $750/each
Given in honor of Professor Bao, a distinguished historian of Chinese and Chinese-American women. Given for outstanding work by a graduate or undergraduate student in the history of Asian or Asian American women. Writing sample must reflect this.

Douglas McNeally Award –  Amount:  Four (4) awards of up to $500/each
Given to a student who has performed outstanding service to the history department and demonstrated intellectual achievements required of outstanding history students. Personal statement must reflect this. Students may choose to receive their award through their student accounts OR as reimbursement for documented expenses for conference presentation travel.

The Robert E. Foelber History Award- Amount: $500
Given to a sophomore, junior or non-graduating senior undergraduate student.  Minimum 3.0 GPA in major.  Must demonstrate financial need.  Submit a successful paper from an upper division Modern European history class or an original essay within the scope of Modern European history demonstrating the student’s engagement in the study of this area of history.

Ebell-Heimberger Scholarship- Amount:  $400
Given to a Master’s Student or Bachelor’s student in history who will be continuing his/her studies in the following fall, specifically for achievement in California History. Writing sample in California History must reflect this.

History 499 Portfolio Award – Amount: $200
Awarded for the best portfolio assembled by a HIST 499 student. Students may nominate themselves, or faculty may nominate them. 499 portfolios must be submitted. Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 portfolios are eligible.

History 301 Portfolio Awards (3)- Amounts: $300, $200, $100
First, second, and third place prizes awarded for the best portfolios assembled by HIST 301 students. Students may nominate themselves, or faculty may nominate them. 301 portfolios must be submitted. Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 portfolios are eligible.

Eligibility: The History Department supports History Majors at the Undergraduate and Graduate level with these awards. Students may submit work done for any class taken in the 2015/16 academic year.

Application Materials (submit all in electronic form):

  1. Application form
  2. Unofficial academic transcripts
  3. A personal statement (approximately one page about yourself, your work in the history department, your career plans, and how you would use your award)
  4. Samples of work (you must submit appropriate samples for each individual award for which you are applying, and identify them as such in your application packet)
  5. Letters of recommendation from faculty (optional, but strongly recommended)


Please forward all materials/direct any queries to Dr. Hugh Wilford (, Chair of the History Department Awards Committee.

Please note:  Awards are not given in cash. Payments will be made through student accounts. Awards must be coordinated with other awards and financial aid, which may result in a reduction to student loans or other aid.


Additional scholarships are available through the Jewish Studies Program.  Please visit their page for details.