University at Albany

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes:

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

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Kendall A. Birr Senior Award
Established by Professor Kendall A. Birr (History), the Kendall A. Birr Senior Award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate history major and should be used to enhance his or her educational experience.

Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. Prize in History
Established by Professor Emeritus Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr., the Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. Prize in History is awarded annually to the graduate student(s) who submits the most outstanding research paper in History.

Dr. Marit Jentoft-Nilsen Memorial Scholarship
Established in honor of Dr. Marit Jentoft-Nilsen '60, by family and friends, this scholarship was created to support graduate students who are studying the history and culture of ancient Athens and Rome.

Catharine Newbold Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Professor emeritus Catharine Newbold, the Catharine Newbold Memorial Scholarship is presented to a senior undergraduate history major who is concentrating in United States History. The recipient must also demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in which he or she will utilize his or her history degree.  This fund was established through a fund raising challenge issued by William C. Rock '56.

Joseph E. Persico '52 Fellowship Fund

A fellowship established in honor of distinguished alumnus Joseph E. Persico '52, this fund will provide fellowships to deserving graduate students who are studying American history.

William C. Rock ’56 History Scholarship
Established by William C. Rock, Class of 1956, this scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree within the Department of History.

1st Lt. Joseph J. Theinert, US Army, B.A. ’08 Endowed Scholarship
The 1st Lt. Joseph J. Theinert, US Army, B.A. ’08 Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Lt. Theinert, who earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University at Albany in 2008. Lt. Theinert was serving his first tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and was killed June 4, 2010, in Kandahar when an improvised explosive device was detonated during a dismounted patrol. It provide a scholarship for a rising junior or senior undergraduate student(s) at the University at Albany who is a history major, with demonstrated financial need.
First preference for this scholarship is given to a student who has graduated from a Long Island high school. 

Helena U. Whitaker Scholarship Fund
Established to provide annual scholarship support for students studying history within UAlbany’s College of Arts & Sciences and who have expressed an interested teaching