Scholarships and Awards

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The Department of History has been fortunate to benefit from bequests and donations that support our undergraduate students. Our scholarships reward academic merit, commend strong character and work ethic, aid underrepresented minorities, and support students’ study abroad plans. We are grateful to those who provide the means for students to undertake adventurous study abroad plans and to focus on their core academic studies here at the University at Buffalo.

Stop by the Department (544 Park Hall) to pick-up an application.

Office Hours for the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Trumper:

Fall 2019: Monday/Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm and by appointment.

Department Receptionist/Undergraduate Office Assistant

Department Hours  8:30am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm  

Phone Number (716) 645-2182

Milton Plesur Scholarship

Full-time history majors who have compiled outstanding records in history are eligible to apply for a Plesur Scholarship, named after Professor Milton Plesur (1927-1987). Professor Plesur devoted his career to teaching, and bequeathed his estate to the university for the continued of support UB students. Awards will be made to students who can demonstrate the most serious interest in and commitment to history as evidenced by academic record, extra-curricular activities, and career plans.  A sophomore awardee who continues to compile an excellent record in his or her junior year may reapply for a second year of support for the senior year.

Joyce J. and John D. Milligan and Family Scholarships

Full-time history majors from underrepresented minorities, with good academic credentials and personal characteristics (attitude, personality, citizenship, and leadership) are invited to apply for a Milligan Scholarship.  Awards are made to prospective juniors and seniors annually.  This scholarship is made available through the generosity of John D. Milligan, a long-time History Department faculty member, his late wife Joyce who served the Department as a secretary, their daughter Jacqueline, a dedicated teacher of English as a Second Language at UB, and two other daughters, Elizabeth and Polla, both residents of Buffalo. Preference will be given to African-American students from Western New York who have financial need. The junior award is renewable in the senior year at the discretion of the chair of the History Department

Undergraduate Research Paper Prize

This prize, given each spring the department awards a prize for the best honors thesis or substantial research paper written in that academic year, is named for Professor Patricia Mazón, a historian of Germany who retired from the department in 2017.  The author of the winning paper will receive a cash prize and will be recognized at graduation. Details regarding the submissions will be announced early in the spring semester.

Bryan G. Argo Memorial Scholarship

History majors who are residents of Niagara or Erie county and full-time students in their junior or senior year and working at least part-time who have compiled an over-all grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible for the Bryan G. Argo Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should submit a letter of reference from a current professor or civic or spiritual leader and write a personal statement as described in the application. The scholarship awards demonstrated family values, integrity, and personal achievements. This award is made each year through the generosity of the family and friends of Bryan Argo, a History student who was devoted to family and friends, believed strongly in continuing education, and whose promising life was tragically cut short. The scholarship is awarded in the fall to be used during that current academic year. The Argo Memorial Scholarship form is available online and at 544 Park Hall.

Milton Plesur and Schoellkopf Awards for Study Abroad

Each year the History Department awards study abroad scholarships to qualified History majors enrolling in a recognized summer, semester, winter intersession, or year-long study abroad program. Study abroad scholarship forms are available online and at the Reception Office of the History Department (Park 544),  and should be submitted there in hard copy and in person. The department holds a competition in the fall for spring semester study abroad and one in the spring for summer, fall, and full academic year programs.

Additional Opportunities

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) also maintains a list of scholarships and awards made available to undergraduate students within the College.