Awards and Scholarships

History Student Awards

The deadline for Spring 2018 departmental awards has passed. Please check back Spring 2019 for updates concerning history student awards.

Available Awards

The Richard and Louise Wilde Award

Amount: 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

Amounts:  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: $1000
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 written after Spring 2016/Fall 2017 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.

Application Information


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 2017-2018 academic year.  

Please apply through BEACH scholarship.

Application Materials:

  1. Application form
  2. Unofficial academic transcripts
  3. 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)
    1. Submit HIST 301 & 499 portfolios to the Awards Committee at the History Department Office (FO2-106).
  4. Letters of recommendation from faculty (optional, but strongly recommended)

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.

Questions? Contact Dr. Takeuchi, The Student Awards Committee Chair.