Descriptions and Application Procedures


Claude E. Fike Scholarship: This scholarship is for an undergraduate with financial need and a GPA of at least 3.0.  Students must submit a brief (250-500 word) statement explaining their financial need.  Awards normally range from $500-700.

Jay Washam Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is for a graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation.  The student must submit a 500 word essay explaining their project and financial need along with a letter from his or her mentor confirming progress and worthiness.  Awards range from $400-$900.

Russell Miller Memorial Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship goes to the undergraduate who combines academic achievement with community service. Eligible students must be History majors or minors and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  The recipient must have 4-12 hours per year of community service with a recognized service agency, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or another 501(c) (3) organization. All applications must include: An ESSAY (500 words) or AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION describing ONE of the following:

  • How the scholarship will be used
  • A description of the connections between the US Civil War and current events in the US
  • The reason for your community service work

Gonzales Study Abroad Scholarship: For any undergraduate or graduate student who wants money to participate in a study abroad program offered by USM.  Students must submit a 500 word essay explaining how the funds will be used and outlining how the study abroad experience will benefit them. They must also obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in support of their application. Funding for these awards varies by year but is traditionally around $3,000.

John E. Gonzales Scholarship: This award is given to outstanding undergraduate students who will still be enrolled at USM in the following academic year, 2014-2015.  Students must submit a brief (250-500 word) statement explaining their course of study and discussing their academic and personal qualifications for the award.  Award amounts vary by year.


Download (pdf)

Application Cover Sheet

Flyer with Scholarship Descriptions (2014)