Talk about an expansive major….History students have many career pathways open to them: Teaching, research, archeology, journalism or communications, library science, and many more. There are also many more careers for which an undergraduate degree in History serves as a perfect foundation: political science, business, public administration, Law, museum curatorship, etc.
The federally funded Truman Scholarships are fair game for History students intending to pursue careers in government. This prestigious scholarship is open to high school juniors getting ready to enroll in a graduate degree program. These valuable awards max out at $30,000. Since 2005 the Truman Scholarship is a '–for service' program. Recipients must be willing to work for no less than 3 years in a selected public service area.
It's nearly a given that your college or university History Department will offer some form of student history scholarships. Examples:
Sources like professional or academic societies are also excellent fonts for scholarship support. Most require you to be a student member to qualify.
Under-served populations have seen far too few minority students becoming historians upon graduation from college. Because the field is hungry for minority engagement and involvement, many sources offer minority-specific history scholarships.
History buffs are not only lucky to find funding assistance through federal, state and private sources – they also have good odds working specifically with the college of their choice. But that's not all; there are additional resources at hand.
The U.S. Institute of Peace offers the National Peace Essay Contest. This ambitious awards program offers $1,000 to the winning high school essayist who is planning to study History in college. The winner can then go on to compete nationally, to potentially be able to win up to $10,000!
The honor society Phi Alpha Theta is another organization seeking to offer aid to undergraduate and graduate History majors. Scholarships range from $400 to $1,000 for students pursuing subjects such as Modern European history to the American Experience in World War I.
Who knew that going for a history degree could offer so much in the way of financial assistance? Well we did, and now so do you. Don't forget that in addition to the more general funding options to be found you will also do well to really look at what makes your educational course and your financial and life circumstances unique; chances are there's money out there just waiting for you to find it.