Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

Frederic M. Crawford History Scholarship in European and Global History

fred crawfordNamed in honor of Dr. Frederic M. Crawford, who joined the MTSU History Department in 1964 and retired in December 2011. In his 45-year career, Dr. Crawford taught many courses, including Roman and Greek History, the French Revolution and Napoleon, Absolutism and Enlightenment, and Western Civilization. He was well-known for his generosity and his love of baseball and politics.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student

  • must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at MTSU
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in ancient Greece and Rome and/or the French Revolution.

To apply, a student should

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

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-2 awards of $500 this year. 

Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship in History

Named in honor of Edward L. Jennings and his wife, Aileen O. Jennings (a graduate of Cumberland University in 1938), whojennings scholarship were both graduates of Liberty High School in DeKalb County, Tennessee. Edward Jennings received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Middle Tennessee, served on the State Board of Education for more than 20 years, served as president of the National Alumni Association in the mid-1960s, and helped organize the MTSU Foundation (and served as one of its trustees for its first 13 years). In recognition of his many contributions to the university, he was honored as "Distinguished Alumnus" on 7 May 1983. Mr. Jennings was an attorney, and Mrs. Jennings was a teacher.

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

  • be an undergraduate History major enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours at the time of application
  • have completed at least 15 credit hours of History courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
  • have a minimum 2.7 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • have received the Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship for no more than two years

To apply, a student must

  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation from History faculty members
  • submit a copy of her/his FAFSA or a statement of financial need
  • submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship
  • submit all materials to history.scholarships@mtsu.edu no later than the last Wednesday of February

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-4 awards of $1,000 this year ($500 will be granted each semester) 

Ernest Hooper History Scholarship

ernest hooperNamed in honor of Dr. Ernest Hooper, who received his bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State College in 1942 and then served in the Hospital Corps of the U.S. Navy until the end of World War II. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 and 1957. He served as professor and dean at Yankton College from 1958 until 1960, when he joined the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro from the time he was nine until 1950, and he returned to First Presbyterian in 1960 when he joined the faculty. During his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, the Rutherford County Historical Association, and the Rutherford County Retired Teachers Association.

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

  • be a History major
  • be nominated by a member of a History Department faculty member (each faculty member may nominate one student for this scholarship)
  • have completed at least 60 semester hours of coursework with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in History with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • not have previously received the Hooper Scholarship

To apply, a student must

  • submit a statement (no more than 500 words) about the value of history and her/his reasons for majoring in History
  • the committee will also accept letters of recommendation from History faculty in support to student applications, but these are not required.
  • submit all materials to history.scholarships@mtsu.edu no later than the last Wednesday in February

The Scholarship Committee expects to make 1-4 awards of $1,000 this year, half of which will be awarded in the Fall semester and the other half of which will be awarded in the Spring semester so long as the student is registered for classes each semester.

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland Awards

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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 service as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This set of three awards was created to recognize outstanding historical research projects by MTSU’s History majors and minors in a public manner each spring semester.

To be eligible for consideration for one of the three Strickland awards, a student

  • Must be a currently enrolled or recently graduated MTSU History major or minor
  • Must have created an outstanding historical project (for example, a paper, digital history project, public history project, or pedagogical project)

To apply, a student should

  • Be nominated by the History faculty member for which the historical research project was created.
  • Submit the historical research project to the History Department office no later than the last Wednesday in February.

    The Scholarship and Awards Committee expects to make 2 awards to History majors and 1 to a History minor of $750 this year.

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