Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

The Department of History offers scholarships and academic awards to exceptionally qualified students.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of our donors.  The exact amount of each award varies by year, depending upon the performance of university investments.

All scholarship applicants for funds identified below must submit the standard Bloomsburg University Scholarship Application, which can be picked up in the offices of the Department of History (in Old Science Hall), or at the Financial Aid Office (in the Student Services Center).

The James R. Sperry Award: This is the most prestigious award given by the Department of
History at Bloomsburg University. It recognizes the outstanding graduating senior each academic year, and is awarded on the basis of overall academic performance, commitment to humanistic learning, and service to the Department.

The Mary A. Moore Taubel Scholarships:
Mary A. Moore Taubel Alumni Newsletter Scholarship (one award). The recipient of this scholarship makes a semester-long commitment, guided by a faculty advisor, to the composition of the alumni newsletter published by the Department of History. Applicants must be history majors in the College of Liberal Arts, must have a 3.0 grade point average overall (and 3.25 in history), must have completed 21 credit hours in history courses, and must have either junior or senior status during the semester in which the award is granted. Preference is given to students who have completed 42.398 (Research and Writing) or an equivalent upper-division, writing-intensive course.  Application requires a writing sample: a five-hundred (500) word essay explaining the applicant's qualifications and vision for the newsletter. Candidates must also solicit letters of recommendation from two different faculty members in the Department of History.  The recipient
will solicit news from alumni, students and faculty, and will coordinate composition, duplication, and mailing of the newsletter.

Mary A. Moore Taubel Senior Scholarships (two or three awards). Applicants must be history majors in the College of Liberal Arts, must have a 3.0 grade point average overall (and 3.25 in history), and must have
earned 75 credit hours overall (21 in history) at the time of application. Candidates for these scholarships must submit a research paper on an historical topic of their choice. Candidates must also solicit letters of recommendation from two different faculty members in the Department of History.

Mary A. Moore Taubel Junior Scholarships (one or two awards). Applicants must be history majors in the College of Liberal Arts, must have a 3.0 grade point average overall (and 3.25 in history), and must have
earned 40 credit hours overall (9 in history) at the time of application. Candidates must also solicit letters of recommendation from two different faculty members in the Department of History.

Mary A. Moore Taubel Sophomore Scholarships (one or two awards). Applicants must be history majors in the College of Liberal Arts, must have a 3.0 grade point average overall (and 3.25 in history), and must have earned 15 credit hours overall (3 in history) at the time of application. Candidates must also solicit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of History.

William A. Turnbach Scholarship (one award). One award is given to a major in history, OR in a foreign language (including American Sign Language).  Junior or senior status in the semester of award payment is required.  Priority is given to graduates of Hazleton Area or West Hazleton High Schools, or Bishop Hafey High School. If no graduate from these schools qualifies, graduates from Weatherly High School, Freeland Mining and Technical Institute, Tamaqua, Marian Catholic, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, and Pottsville High Schools, and Nativity BVM, will be considered.

John J. Serff Sr. Memorial Scholarship (one award).

Erma M. Hefferan Scholarship (one or two awards).

Erma M. Hefferan Study Abroad Scholarship (one award).