Scholarships & Awards
The VCU department of history currently offers the following award and scholarship opportunities to graduate students. Contact Dr. Joseph Bendersky if you have questions.
James Tice Moore Scholarship in History for Teachers
This merit based-scholarship honors the distinguished career of Dr. James T. Moore. Dr. Moore taught in the VCU History Department for over three decades, where he achieved a notable reputation as a teacher/scholar and served as Department Chair. This scholarship is awarded to a teacher currently enrolled in or applying to the VCU History MA Program. Applications for this scholarship are due in late February or early March. The scholarship usually carries a $500 award. Contact Dr. Joseph Bendersky or the Director of Graduate Studies if you have questions.
Previous Award Recipients:
- 2017-2018, Ms. Chesney Rhoades
- 2016-2017, Ms. Emily Chadwell
- 2015-2016, Mr. Michael Strusky
- 2014-2015, Mr. Benjamin D. Tyree
- 2013-2014, Mr. Michael Strusky
- 2012-2013, Mr. Jeffrey G. Dunnington
- 2011-2012, Ms. Mary O. Cosby
- 2010-2011, Ms. Mary H. Cosby
- 2008-2009, Mr. Mack H. Scott
William E. Blake Scholarship
This merit-based scholarship honors the distinguished career of William E. Blake. For decades, Dr. Blake taught courses on the Reformation and the History of Christianity, building student and popular interest to such an extent that an endowed chair was established at VCU in his honor. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate major or graduate student in history demonstrating an an interest in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, or the History of Christianity. Applications for this scholarship are due in late February or early March. The scholarship usually carries a $500 award. Contact Dr. Joseph Bendersky or the Director of Graduate Studies if you have questions.
Craig Kennedy Scholarships
These scholarships, one based on merit, and one based on need, are named after Craig Kennedy, a longtime friend of the Department. Undergraduate majors and graduate students in history are eligible to apply. Applications for this scholarship are due in late February or early March. The scholarship usually carries a $1,000 award. Contact Dr. Joseph Bendersky or the Director of Graduate Studies if you have questions.
James Tice Moore Graduate Essay Award
This book prize award honors the best paper by a history graduate student.
Previous Award Recipients:
- 2016-2017, Ms. Marlea S. Donaho
- 2015-2016, Ms. Kathryn S. Parkhurst
- 2014-2015, Ms. Amanda Tompkins
- 2013-2014, Ms. Caitlin D. Foltz
- 2012-2013, Mr. Anthony Cox
- 2010-2011, Mr. Bryan Kessler
- 2009-2010, Ms. Alyce Graham, Mr. Jacques B. Vest
- 2008-2009, Mr. Schuyler Van Valkenburg
- 2007-2008, Ms. Lauren T. Wanveer
- 2006-2007, Mr. Scott B. Hansen
- 2005-2006, Mr. Scott B. Hansen
- 2004-2005, Mr. John M. Fout, Mr. Terrence M. Moore, Mr. Eric A. Ruark
- 2003-2004, Ms. Anne Berler, Mr. Scott Hansen
- 2002-2003, Ms. Angela L. Boyer
- 2001-2002, Mr. John McClure
- 2000-2001, Mr. John McClure
- 1999-2000, Mr. Solomon K. Smith
- 1979-1998, Mr. James Nuessle
- 1996-1997, Ms. Kelley M. Brandes
The Schilling Fund was established by F. Robert Schilling, Jr. a VCU Department of History graduate and his mother Ms. Mildred Schilling. Each year the fund provides a small number of competitive grants for graduate students engaged in the study of the history of the U.S. South, broadly conceived. These funds are intended to support costs related to research and travel. Applications are due May 1, and consist of: 1. a brief description of the project (approximately 500 words); 2. an explanation of how the funds will be used, including a budget with a specific dollar amount for the total; and 3. a letter of reference from a faculty member or thesis advisor. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies if you have questions.