Department of History scholarships

The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is February 1st. 

Awardees will be invited to attend the department's awards dinner held in April.

Disbursements are generally applied towards the next academic year's fee bills in August and January.

Valeen Tippetts Avery History Scholarship 

Undergraduate

Established in memory of Dr. Avery by her children to honor her contributions to the university.  Dr. Avery’s commitment to students was her great legacy at NAU.  The award is intended to provide financial support to a deserving undergraduate student.  

Requirements
  • Departmental application form.
  • Declared, full-time (12+ hours/semester) History major that has finished first semester, freshman year.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
  • Prior winners may reapply.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcript from LOUIE.
  • Personal statement. 

William H. Lyon U.S. History Award 

Undergraduate or Graduate

Established in 1990 in recognition of Professor and History Department Chair, William H. Lyon, who served the NAU History Department from 1958 until his retirement. The award is intended to provide funding to a meritorious undergraduate or graduate student in U.S. History.   

Requirements
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Departmental application form.
  • Full-time, upper-division, undergraduate or graduate student in U.S. History.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are conducting research focusing on the History of the trans-Mississippi West, Southwest, and the Borderlands.
  • Brief description of research or research proposal.
  • Estimated time frame of research and budget.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcripts from LOUIE. 

William Roosen History Scholarship 

Undergraduate - 60 or more credit hours earned

Established in 1994 in memory of Arizona Regents Professor William J. Roosen, who taught at NAU from 1967 to 1993.  History major is not required. 

Requirements
  • Departmental application form.
  • Full-time student (12+ hours/semester) with junior or senior status.
  • European History interest.
  • Student must be nominated by Europeanist faculty member.
  • Preference for those showing promise and aptitude for historical research.
  • One-two page personal statement.
  • Five-ten page writing sample in History.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcript printed from LOUIE.

William Tinsley Scholarship

Undergraduate

Commemorates NAU Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Studies from 1927-1961. The purpose of the award is to encourage academic excellence to majors in History.  Preference given to majors of junior (60+ hours) or senior status, based on scholarly ability.

Requirements
  • Full-time student (12+ hours/semester).
  • Departmental application form.
  • 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcript from LOUIE.
  • Personal statement.

History scholarships are announced in February and awarded in April with a payout of the following academic year.

The department sends frequent reminders to students about scholarship opportunities and will have applications online soon.  Contact the department for information on scholarships. 

Garland and Evelyn R. Downum Award

Established in honor of Professor Garland Downum, who taught at NAU from 1944 to1976, this award provides financial assistance to deserving students in history and is open to MA students.

Eligibility: MA or PhD in History

Value: Varies

G. M. Farley Scholarship

Established in 1988 to provide scholarship support to meritorious students at the university who have financial need.

Eligibility: MA or PhD in History

Value: Varies

George and Elinor Kyte Scholarship

Established in 1987 by Professor George W. Kyte, who taught at Northern Arizona University from 1966 until his retirement in 1985.

Eligibility: Full-time, thesis-track MA student in history

Value: Varies

William H. Lyon U.S. History Award

Established in 1990 in recognition of Professor and History Department Chair, William H. Lyon, who served the NAU History Department from 1958 until his retirement, the award is intended to provide funding to a meritorious undergraduate or graduate student in U.S. History.

Eligibility: Full-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate history major; preference will be given to applicants who are conducting research focusing on the history of the trans-Mississippi West, Southwest, and the borderlands

Value: Varies

Francis McAllister Endowment

Established in 1989 to provide financial support to meritorious students in history graduate programs at the University.

Eligibility: Doctoral student at dissertation stage in U.S. Southwestern History. 

Value: Varies

Erin Bjorklund Memorial Scholarship

Transitions each year between the History Department and Philosophy Department.

Eligibility: Undergraduate history major

Value: $1000.00

Valeen Tippetts Avery History Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. Avery by her children to honor her contributions to the University. Dr. Avery’s commitment to her students was her greatest legacy to NAU. The award is intended to provide financial support to a deserving undergraduate student.

Eligibility: Undergraduate; declared history major who has completed one semester, freshman year

Value: Varies

William Roosen History Scholarship

Established in 1994 in memory of Arizona Regents’ Professor William J. Roosen, who taught at the university from 1967 to 1993.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate history major and nomination by faculty members in European history. Preference is given to applicants who show aptitude and promise for historical research

Value: Varies

William W. Tinsley Memorial Scholarship

Commemorates NAU Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Studies from 1927 to 1961. The purpose of the award is to encourage academic excellence to majors in history.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate history major; preference given to juniors and seniors; character and scholarly ability

Value: Varies