Departmental Scholarships & Awards

James N. Leonard History Scholarship

james leonardNamed in honor of Dr. James N. Leonard to honor his passion for "fostering better racial understanding."

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student must

  • be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in History at MTSU
  • There will be a preference for minority students when awarding this scholarship.
  • Each scholarship is for one academic year. Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration for this scholarship during subsequent years.

To apply, a student should

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • The committee will also accept letters of recommendation from History faculty in support of student applications, but these are not required.
  • submit all materials to history.scholarships@mtsu.edu no later than the last Wednesday of February.

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1 award of $500 this year.

James E. Taylor Scholarship

james taylorTo be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student must

  • be a citizen and resident of Rutherford County, Tennessee
  • have financial need
  • Preference will be given to a History major with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, though past academic performance will not be the exclusive factor in awarding this scholarship

To apply, a student should submit

  •  submit a statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • The committee will also accept letters of recommendation from History faculty in support of student applications, but these are not required.
  • submit all materials to history.scholarships@mtsu.edu no later than the last Wednesday of February.

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-3 awards of $500 this year.

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland International Study Award

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Named in honor of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Lucy Strickland, who were long-time and generous donors to the History Department and advocates for the importance of history in the university and in the community. Dr. Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. was one of the founding members of the History Department in 1963, having joined the faculty in 1949, and he served as the first President of the Faculty Senate. Lucy Strickland also served on the MTSU faculty and was very active in the Murfreesboro community, including serving as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This Award was established to help defray the costs of participating in any international exchange program established by the MTSU History Department that has a formal memorandum of understanding in place.

To be eligible for consideration, a student

  • Must be a currently enrolled MTSU undergraduate or graduate History major
  • Must have the faculty member overseeing the international study program certify that they are eligble for this international program
  • Must be participating in a program established by the MTSU History Department that has a formal memorandum of understanding in place (this currently includes Northumbria University in the U.K.)

To apply, a student should

  • Submit a 250-word statement about how this will enhance your study as a History major and how the money will be used
  • Letters of recommendation from faculty will be accepted but are not required

The Scholarship and Awards Committee expects to award $5,000 in International Study Awards each academic year.

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Mailing Address
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 23
1301 E. Main Street 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office
Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Kevin Leonard

Undergraduate Program
(615) 898-2631

Graduate Program
(615) 898-5798

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