Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships will be awarded by the History Department scholarship committee following the criteria listed under each award. No student may receive more than one History Department scholarship in any award year. The committee may withhold awards at their discretion. Applications and all required supplementary materials must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application by the appointed deadline found on the Office of Financial Aid website. Please do not submit any materials to the History Department Office. Generally scholarship applications are due in the spring and are awarded for the following academic year. Scholarship award values may vary based on the availability of funds. For questions regarding the scholarship award process, contact Dr. Judy Ford.

Charles Ternay Neu Scholarship ($200)

To be eligible, applicants must be admitted to Texas A&M University-Commerce as undergraduates, have declared the intention of majoring in History either through filing a degree plan or listing History as their major on their admission documents, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.  The award will be given to the qualified applicant with the highest overall GPA.

Mattie Baker Prize for Merit ($250)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), have completed at least nine semester credit hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302) with a major GPA in History of at least 3.3. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Frank B. Jackson Scholarship ($250)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce, have an undergraduate or graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), be classified as a junior or senior (if undergraduate),must have completed at least nine semester credit hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.3. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Jewell and Jesse Guy Smith Scholarship ($250)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), have completed at least nine semester hours in History (excluding History 1301 and 1302), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.3.   Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Joe Fred Cox Scholarship ($500)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as full-time students, be in good standing at the university, have an undergraduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), be classified as a junior, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.  Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Anthony Regenald Heneger Prize ($500)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as a graduate students, have a graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.5.  Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials and the quality of their essay. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

W. Eugene Hollon Scholarship ($500)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as graduate students, have a graduate degree plan on file with a major in History (any track), and have a major GPA in History of at least 3.5. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on demonstrated mastery of course materials. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate.

Adkins Family History Scholarship ($500 undergraduate, $1000 graduate)

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as either an undergraduate or graduate student and have a degree plan on file with a major in history (any track). Applicants should submit a 1-2 page essay discussing their particular interest in history and how they plan to use the degree. Eligible applicants will be ranked by the scholarship committee based on the submitted essay. The donor (or his designated agent) will be provided with a copy of the essay for review.

Billie and Otha Spencer "Storytellers" Scholarship ($500-$1000)

This award is given to assist students in conducting oral history research. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in Texas A&M University-Commerce as either an undergraduate or graduate student and have a degree plan on file with a major in history (any track). Applicants should submit a research proposal of no more than 500 words outlining the project goals, their research process, and how they plan to spend the funds. Proposals will be ranked by the scholarship committee. The award will be given to the highest ranked eligible candidate. Preference will be given to proposals related to the East Texas War and Memory Project. The committee may award multiple prizes at their discretion.