Department of History and Geography

Departmental Scholarships & Awards


Alumni Grants for Research, Teaching, and Study Abroad

Alumni and friends of the department have contributed generously to the department and have enabled us to offer tangible support for student and faculty scholarship.  In honor of alumni, we are pleased to offer grants of up to $1,000 to support research, teaching, and (in certain cases) study abroad.  For a full description of the program, including application information, click here.

Please note: Most of the scholarships described below are endowed scholarships. The criteria are established by the people who generously chose to donate the money for them. The specific amount of each scholarship depends on the endowment fund, but most are in the range of $1,000 to $2,000.  To download an application for any of these awards, click here.

H.H. Cunningham Award

In honor of Dr. H.H. Cunningham, who joined the Elon College faculty in 1952.  From 1957-1961 he served as Dean of Elon College, and from 1962-1965 he was the William S. Long professor of history. The award recipient shall be a graduating history major who plans to attend graduate school in history, or plans to teach in the field of history. Award applicants will submit a short essay addressing how they became interested in history and why they wish to continue in the field. Essay required.

Philip Vance Cates Memorial Scholarship

To honor Mrs. Vance Cates, this scholarship is to be awarded to a rising senior History major who is a member of Phi Alpha Theta or Pi Gamma Mu and who is recommended by the department. The student must be from North Carolina. 

Watterson-Troxler History Scholarship

In honor of Mr. and Mrs. G. Shail Troxler and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Watterson, this scholarship is to be awarded to an outstanding History major (can be any year). The primary criterion is academic achievement; however, when the departmental faculty must choose a recipient from equally outstanding students, financial need should be the next criteria. It is renewable for up to a total of 4 years if the recipient maintains a 3.2 GPA and continues satisfactory progress toward completion of the major. 

Troxler-Watterson Endowed History Scholarship

Established by Dr. George Troxler and Dr. Carole Troxler to provide financial assistance to a History major. To be awarded to a History major by the departmental faculty. Students from any year may apply, but the scholarship is part of the Powell challenge, which means recipients must be from North Carolina, and that preference goes to students from Alamance County, then piedmont North Carolina, then the state in general. 

William H. and Kathryn M. Duncan Scholarship

In memory of William H. Duncan, Sr., this scholarship is awarded to a rising sophomore History major who has financial need and is renewable for two years upon maintaining 3.0 GPA and recommendation of the department. 

Smith-Midgette Endowed Scholarship for International Study/Travel

Provides financial assistance for one or more students to study abroad and shall be awarded upon the recommendation of the department to a student who has shown solid academic performance and has demonstrated financial need. Students must be North Carolina residents, with preference to Alamance County residents. Essay required. 

Heidi Glaesel Frontani Memorial Study Abroad Essay Contest

Is given in memory of Heidi Frontani, Professor of Geography, onetime chair of the Department of History and Geography, pioneering leader of the Ghana Periclean cohort, and scholar and advocate for the peoples of Africa. Provides $1,000 to help defray the cost of studying abroad.  Eligibility: Apply in the spring of the preceding year for study travel in the following summer, fall, winter or spring. Essay required

Also, keep your eyes open for another annual competition, The Phi Alpha Theta Historical Paper Prize, which usually takes place in April.