Scholarship Opportunities

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Dr. Howard Jones, University Research Professor Emeritus

Dr. Howard Jones Endowed Scholarship

The History Department’s Jones Scholarship was endowed by Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Anne Avera in honor of long-time faculty member Dr. Howard Jones (1942-2022), a specialist in American diplomatic history who retired in 2015. Dr. Jones was the author of more than a dozen books, and winner of both the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, two of the highest honors awarded to UA faculty. Intended to recognize excellence among History students, the Jones Scholarship is open to all majors and minors with a competitive GPA.

The application should be completed and submitted online through your myBama account. Once you are logged in, click on the Admissions/Scholarships tab and then the Currently Enrolled Students link inside the Scholarships box. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students should apply before March 1.

The Lee David and Florence Weinberg Black Scholarship in History

Newspaper ad for Black, Friedman, & Winston Clothiers

Established in 1981, this fund provides several awards each year to undergraduate history majors. Lee David Black (1892 – 1967), along with his father, Charles, founded the Charles Black Company, a men’s clothing store originally located on Broad Street (now University Boulevard) in downtown Tuscaloosa. After Charles Black’s death, Lee Black partnered with Victor Friedman and Ike Winston to found Black, Friedman, and Winston Clothiers, which was a mainstay establishment on Greensboro Avenue for many years. After her husband’s death in 1967, Florence Weinberg Black operated the Florence Black Women’s Clothing Store until the late 1970s.

Academic merit is the primary criterion. This prize carries a monetary award. Students must be nominated by faculty.

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Dr. F. Russell Bryant

The Dr. F. Russell Bryant Endowed Scholarship

Dr. F. Russell Bryant taught Modern British History in the department for thirty years. He was educated at Florida State University and Oxford University. Dr. Bryant’s awards include Alabama’s “Outstanding Teacher Award” and the Morris Mayer Award for service to students.

Established in 2022, this award is given annually to an outstanding first-generation undergraduate majoring in History.

The Charles Grayson Summersell Award for Most
Distinguished Undergraduate History Student

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Dr. Charles G. Summersell

Dr. Charles G. Summersell (1908-1987) received his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and the his PhD from Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Frank Lawrence Owsley. He taught in the Department of History at The University of Alabama from 1935 to 1978. From 1954 to 1971, Summersell served as the department chair. Summersell, along with his wife, the former Frances Sharpley (1902-2003), organized what became a quite lucrative business endeavor, creating educational filmstrips for k-12 schools.

Established in 1974, this award is given annually to the most distinguished undergraduate student in history.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama Essay Award

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Established in 1925, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama each year presents an award to the writer of an outstanding essay dealing with some aspect of the history of the colonial period, which is defined as American history up to 1815. The essay must be at least five typed pages and must include footnotes and bibliography.

This award carries a monetary prize. Students must be nominated by the faculty.

UA Away Scholarships

The Division of Student Affairs coordinates the awarding of several UA Away Scholarships for undergraduates. The online application is now open for these scholarships. These endowed awards provide financial support for undergraduate students across all colleges who wish to participate in unique learning opportunities away from campus. UA Away supports (3) three distinct opportunities:

  • Study Away: Students travel to another country, city, or university to study in their academic fields. The Study Abroad Program and National Student Exchange offer these opportunities.
  • Serve Away: Students volunteer for service projects, often related to their fields of study or career goals, which expose them to issues related to poverty, hunger, and lack of educational resources, and expose them to new cultures and regions. Opportunities for service are available through the Center for Service and Leadership.
  • Work Away: Students receive first-hand work experience, related to academic and career goals, that increases their marketability to future employers.

The application for these awards is simple and requires the submission of a recommendation from a member of the UA faculty or staff. There are two scholarship cycles for UA Away awards. Students may complete an application in the fall for spring travel or in the spring for summer and/or fall travel.

Current students should apply online using their myBama username and password.