Scholarships

The scholarship process for all students and all scholarships (major specific ones and all general scholarships) begins with UWM’s Panther Scholarship Portal. The first time you log in, you will need to create your general application; this will stay on file for four years but you should update it regularly and must, at a minimum, sign it once per year to re-activate it. You will also need to upload a copy of your transcript twice a year. Log into the Panther Portal twice a year to update your application and upload a newer transcript – we recommend doing this in November/December and in February/March every year.

You may see scholarships on your Panther Scholarship Portal dashboard that you can “Apply To.” These are scholarships which require additional information beyond the general application and transcript. If you do not see “Apply To” you are still being considered as long as your general application and transcript are up-to-date.

A.T. Brown Award for History Graduate Students

This award is given to a history graduate student with demonstrated academic merit.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies - typically $1,000 to $3,000

Donor: The late Kay Brown and Family and Friends of A.T. Brown


A.T. Brown Award for History Undergraduates

This award is given to history majors with high academic achievement. Qualified candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • A student with sophomore, junior or senior standing and a declared major in History with at least twelve credits in history completed
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Full-time enrollment

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies - typically $1,000 to $2,000

Donor: The late Kay Brown and Family and Friends of A.T. Brown


Ahmad Family Scholarship

The Ahmad Family Scholarship was established by history alumna Diana Ahmad, currently Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, specializing in the history of the American West, at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Dr. Ahmad is a Milwaukee native and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UWM. Eligible candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Declared History major
  • Demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Preference will be given to a student who started at UWM as a freshman (not as a transfer student)

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: $1,000.00

Donor: Dr. Diana Ahmad


Ellen Healy Award

Graduate students in the Department of History who have not received any other award (including a TA or RA-ship) are eligible to be reviewed for this award. The award honors the late Ellen Healy, an alumna and onetime teaching assistant in the Department.

If you are a new graduate student who has no established UWM grades yet, be sure to upload a copy of your final undergraduate transcript as part of your general application process.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $1,000

Donor: Dr. Ann Healy


Frank P. Zeidler Graduate Student Award

The Frank P. Zeidler Graduate Student Award is given to a student in pursuit of his/her Master’s degree in American history. The award is intended to support research or travel expenses.

Preference will be given to students who meet one or more of these criteria:

  • students exploring the international relationship between the United States and foreign countries
  • students exploring American History
  • a student eligible to become or currently serving as a teaching assistant

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $2,000

Donor: The late Victor Greene, Emeritus Professor of History


Frederick I. Olson Scholarship

The Frederick I. Olson Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who is a Wisconsin resident, is enrolled in six or more graduate credits, and demonstrates financial need as documented by FAFSA. Should two or more students have equal need, the most academically qualified student will be selected. Masters students are eligible for a one-year renewal; doctoral students are eligible for a two-year renewal if funding is available.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $4,000

Donor: Multiple Donors


J. David Hoeveler Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a declared History major who has taken at least 12 credits in History and with demonstrated academic excellence. Qualified applications will have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, junior standing and will be enrolled full-time. Scholarships may be renewable for one additional year if the student still meets the criteria, and scholarships will be valued at $5,000 per year.

This scholarship is funded through a generous gift from history professor J. David Hoeveler.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: $5,000

Donor: Dr. J. David Hoeveler


Professor Bud Weare Scholarship

This award is named in honor of Professor Bud Weare and is given to a student who meets the following criteria.

  • A student with sophomore, junior or senior standing and an intended or declared major in History. Preference will be given for declared majors.
  • Demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time enrollment

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2022 are for Fall 2022; students graduating in May or August 2022 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $2,500

Donor: Anonymous


Theodore Saloutos Award for PhD Dissertation Research in American History

The Theodore Saloutos Award for PhD Dissertation Research in American History is given to a graduate student in the Department of History who is in dissertator status and whose dissertation topic is in American history. Preference will be given to students whose dissertation topic is in American immigration or American agricultural history. Applications are typically accepted in spring each year between February and April.

Award: Varies up to $5,000

Donor: The late Florence Saloutos and Friends and Family of Theodore Saloutos


Friends of History Award in memory of Dr. Michael Gordon

During the school year, history students with urgent and emergency financial needs can apply for assistance.

Award: $500

Donor: Friends and Family of Dr. Michael Gordon