Scholarships in History

The UA History department awards more than $175,000 annually to qualified undergraduate and graduate history students. To learn more about individual scholarships, deadlines, and requirements, download the History Scholarship Application below:

Our Scholarships

The Department of History has five scholarship funds, from which we award approximately twenty undergraduate scholarships, some of which cover full tuition and fees. Awards are based on academic performance and potential, not on need. These scholarships were established by people, many in business, who believe that majoring in history is excellent preparation for a wide range of professions, from business to teaching.

The Summerfield Baldwin III Scholarship

Established in the memory of Dr. Summerfield Baldwin III, professor of history. This award is presented to a student in the junior class who is majoring in history and who, scholastically and intellectually, has the inclination to pursue studies in this field, preferably at the graduate level.

The Gilbert W. and Marguerite H. Dilley Scholarship

Established in 1980 by Mr. Gilbert W. Dilley, class of 1925, and Mrs. Gilbert W. Dilley (Marguerite Hudson), class of 1928, this endowed scholarship provides earnings annually in support of a deserving undergraduate studying Ohio archaeology and/or Ohio history. The award is made with the provision that the recipient volunteers 10 hours of service at a historical society or similar organization.

The Robert F. Harris and Lucille S. Harris Scholarship in History

Established in 1985 by Robert F. Harris, Class of 1928, and his wife, Lucille S. Harris, both of whom maintained a lifelong interest in history. This endowed scholarship fund provides tuition assistance for deserving undergraduates who are majoring in history.

The William and Dora Martin History Endowment Scholarship

This endowed fund was established with gifts totaling $100,000 by Paul E. Martin, a 1935 graduate of the University of Akron, and his wife, Dorothy Garrett Martin, to honor the memory of Paul’s parents, William and Dora Martin, who lived lives of dignity and rectitude in the Kenmore area of Akron for more than fifty years. Beneficiaries of the William and Dora Martin History Scholarship are to be graduate students or undergraduate history majors selected by the faculty of the Department of History.

The Dorothy Garrett Martin Memorial Scholarship in History

This endowed scholarship, established by family members and friends in memory of Dorothy Garrett Martin, class of 1938, is awarded to students pursuing degrees in history. Recipients are selected by the Dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of the Department of History in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Employment and the University of Akron Foundation.


UA Scholarship Tips

  • Eligibility is based primarily on high school academic records and ACT/SAT test scores.
  • Some scholarships require a demonstrated history of leadership, community service or other personal factors. The Supplemental Information Form (optional) can be submitted for that purpose.
  • Generally, students who receive scholarships should have full-time enrollment.
  • Most scholarships are granted on an annual basis prior to the fall semester.
  • Although most scholarships do not require students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for full consideration for all types of aid you should complete a FAFSA form no later than March 1.
  • You may also wish to contact your college and/or academic department for possible scholarship opportunities and application requirements.

More Information

Faculty Contact:

Prof. Lesley Gordon
Department of History
(330) 972-6603

Student Resources

Contact Us

T: (330) 972-7006
F: (330) 972-5840

The University of Akron
Department of History
Arts and Sciences 216
Akron, Ohio 44325-1902

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