Above: UIS professor Dr. William Siles leads a discussion among history students.
Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for history students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
History Department Fund Donate
This fund provides general support for the department.
In addition to funding a Master's Thesis award each year, the Chapin Endowment Fund also provides for a History Award. Although not technically a scholarship (the accounting and procedures vary slightly), the fund still offers you a chance to add your support to a student who is working on a history research project.
This scholarship supports any undergraduate student who demonstrates a financial need, but reflecting the donors' preference, the award is usually given to a student doing a history research and writing project.
Nelson Howarth was a respected Springfield attorney and three-term mayor who was instrumental in convincing the Illinois General Assembly to establish the UIS (then Sangamon State University) campus in 1969. He later taught a course in municipal law and administration at SSU. The Mary and Nelson Howarth Memorial Scholarship was originally established by the family and friends in honor of his life and work. In later years, his wife’s name was added by the family, who continue to support the scholarship through generous donations. Applicants for the scholarship must be in good academic standing with a major in Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting, Environmental Studies, Political Science or History.
If you would prefer, you can create your own scholarship fund, which you will be able to name. You will also be able to establish the criteria for which student is chosen to receive the scholarship.
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