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 March 6th. 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:

Paul Conrad

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Assistant Professor (2015)

Paul Conrad


Office: 322 University Hall

Areas: Native American History, North American West, History of Slavery


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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.

Established to commemorate the Department of History’s longest-serving faculty member, the Rodnitzky Prize in the History of Popular Culture is open to History students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels interested in pursuing projects that explore and interpret expressions of popular culture such as music, film, etc. The prize provides up to $500 to support research-related expenses and/or conference travel.

Prospective awardees should submit applications one full semester in advance of their expected date of need. Applications for prizes to be utilized during a Spring semester are due to the Department no later than October 15; applications for Fall semester prizes are due by March 15.

Requirements for this award include a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in History courses. Applicants should include a narrative statement describing the nature of the proposed research project along with a letter of support from a sponsoring faculty member.

UTA College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) Scholarships

By the time the award semester begins applicants must have 60 or more hours with 30 hours at UTA, a GPA of 3.85 or above and demonstrated financial need (on a FAFSA form submitted to the financial aid office). In other words, students can apply in the spring when they have 50 hours and only 24 at UTA if by the time they will receive the money they will have at least 60 overall and 30 at UTA.

Open to Political Science, History or Sociology majors who demonstrate leadership potential and financial need (on a FAFSA form submitted to the financial aid office). Students must have completed 60 or more hours when the award semester begins and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; students must enroll in 12 or more hours. The Jordan Scholarship requires that students write an additional essay responding to one of the following three questions:

  • What do you consider to be Barbara Jordan's most significant political and/or social achievement?
  • How did she effect political change in the U.S.?
  • How have her life and accomplishments influenced you?

For more information on the Greater Arlington/Mansfield Democratic Women, visit their website.

Must be a major in a department in the College of Liberal Arts and must have completed 60 hours of coursework at any four-year institution and earned a GPA of 3.85 or higher. The award winner must enroll in at least 12 hours for the remaining 4 semesters and earn at least a 3.5 GPA in each. Funds will only be disbursed after the GPA for each semester has been confirmed as at or above a 3.5.
Must be a full-time undergraduate during the previous fall and spring semester majoring in a Liberal Arts department, must not have participated in a UTA study abroad program. Preference for first generation students with demonstrated financial need, can be used for a summer, fall or spring study abroad program.

Available to Arlington ISD Seniors who will attend UTA; funds may only be used at UTA. Students will be judged on their graduating GPA, their national test scores, their record of service to their school and community, and a short essay on "Patriotism".

Students must submit:

  • High school transcript
  • Short autobiography that includes service to school and/or community
  • Essay on “Patriotism” (1,000 words, two pages)

For more information about the undergraduate scholarships offered by the UTA College of Liberal Arts, contact Dr. Eric Bolsterli (Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs) at: