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Scholarships and Awards

The Department of History is pleased to be able to offer its students numerous undergraduate scholarships and awards funded by alumni, friends of the university, and foundations that share and support the goals of the Department, College, and UTA.

How do I apply?

Application is by faculty nomination or self-nomination. Applications and/or nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year with a final annual deadline of February 1st. To apply for one or more of the scholarships below:

  1. Create a profile in the Mav ScholarShop site.

  2. Select the scholarship(s) for which you wish to apply.

  3. Complete the application process (essays, letters of recommendations, etc.) before the deadline.

Faculty may send nominations for forwarding to the awards committee to Dr. Paul Conrad at paul.conrad@uta.edu 

The Faye and Maurice Barksdale and Sheila and Don Babers Scholarship

Maurice Lee Barksdale and C. Donald Babers are proud UTA alumni who have generously established an endowment to honor outstanding undergraduate students in the History Department. This endowment currently funds two (2) two-year scholarships for which recipients receive $1,000 each year. Applicants must have earned nine (9) upper-division credit hours in History with a GPA in History of at least 3.7. This GPA must be maintained for the scholarship to be renewed for the second year. Applications will include one or more letters of recommendation and a writing sample from a History course.

Barksdale Essay Award

This award is given to the best essay written during the previous calendar year by an undergraduate in a history course at UT-Arlington. Applications for this award will include the essay as well as a letter of support from the faculty member for whom the essay was written. Award amount varies, but in recent years has been at least $150.

The Jenkins Garrett Award

The Jenkins Garrett Award was established by the children of Jenkins Garrett to honor their father for his generous contributions of Greater Southwestern Studies archival materials to UTA Libraries' Special Collections Division. The annual award of $500 recognizes the best undergraduate or graduate student paper researched primarily in the Special Collections Division of the UTA Libraries. Application materials will include the essay and a letter of support from the professor of the course in which the essay was written.

Virginia Garrett Award in Cartographic History

The Virginia Garrett Award in Cartographic History commends the vision and commitment of Mrs. Virginia Garrett in interpreting and preserving cartographic history. Each year the Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography, Dr. Imre Demhardt, selects the best undergraduate or graduate student research paper in cartographic history. The award consists of a $500 cash prize and recognition at the Virginia Garrett Lectures, or, in alternate years, at the fall meeting of the Texas Map Society. Self-nominations for this award will include the essay and a letter of support from the professor for whom it was written.

Ida V. Hall and George Kohfeldt Scholarship in Southwestern Studies

The Ida V. Hall and George Kohfeldt Scholarship in Southwestern Studies salutes an undergraduate student each year, for the student’s interest in and excellent scholarship in relation to the Native American heritage of this region. This generous recognition in the amount of $500, which was given by Ms. Ida Hall of Dallas, is presented through UTA’s Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography. For information on applying for this award, including application process and deadline, please contact the director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, Dr. Sam Haynes at haynes@uta.edu.

The Virginia M. Lepenski Scholarship

Ms. Virginia M. Lepenski has generously supported an annual scholarship award of $1,000 to a full-time student majoring in History who demonstrates financial need. Requirements for this award include a FAFSA submission, junior standing, an overall GPA of 3.5, one or more letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of 500-1,000 words addressing the student’s decision to major in history and their career goals.

The Joseph and Barbara Penshorn Award

The Joseph and Barbara Penshorn award recognizes exceptional students majoring in the academic field of History. This award is granted to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding track record of success within the major. Selection is based on GPA, credit hours, one or more letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work. The award amount in recent years has been $1,000.