Supporting Excellence

If you were one of many student who benefited from department scholarships, assistantships, and work-study appointments, or simply enjoyed good teaching, advising, and the fellowship of favorite teachers, you may welcome the opportunity to give something back so that future generations of students can enjoy similar benefits. Your gifts and support helps broaden the opportunities, experiences, and quality of academic life that the Department of History can offer its students.

Priority Needs

The following funds are our current funding priorities:

Gift Options

If you would like to contribute online to the Department of History or any of its subsidiary funds, please use the CMU Office of Development and Alumni Relations' secure online giving form, located here. If you would like to contribute by mail, you can make checks payable to "Central Michigan University," denote the History Department and/or the specific fund on the memo line of the check, and mail it to:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Carlin Alumni House
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Tel: (800) 358-6903
Fax: (989) 774-7159

For more information on how to make of gift of securities, real estate, or include the Department of History in your estate plans, please visit here or contact:

Lesa Smith
Director of Development
College of Humanities, Social, and Behavioral Sciences
115 Anspach Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Tel: (989) 774-3354
Fax: (989) 774-7106

Fund Descriptions

History Department Development Fund

To assist history faculty and staff in their mission to deliver quality education to their students and to support faculty and student scholarly and creative activities.

History Department Joint Graduate Program Development Fund

To assist history faculty and staff in their mission to deliver quality education to their students and to support faculty and student scholarly and creative activities.

G.M. Blackburn Endowment

The income from this endowment funds an annual lecture series in American history (focusing on the Civil War and Reconstruction) in honor of George Blackburn, a greatly admired teacher and scholar during his thirty years as a member of CMU's history faculty.

Duane Mark Bouliew History Prize

Scholarship awarded to a junior or senior with at least 12 credits in history completed at CMU. Requirements: The scholarship must be used for undergraduate study at CMU or in one of CMU's study-abroad programs. Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA or higher in history, 3.0 GPA overall & ranking in top 35% of class. Also must be active in Phi Alpha Theta, the History Club or other campus or community organizations, and must submit two letters of recommendation from history faculty members.

William T. Bulger Endowment

This lecture series funds a lecture series in the field of American biography in honor of William T. Bulger, a long-time former member of the CMU history faculty.

Gabriel Chien Memorial Fund Essay Prize

This fund was created to honor the memory of Gabriel Chien, a former CMU history professor.  The scholarship ($1,000 towards financial aid) is awarded annually to one student for a written essay that focuses on an aspect of Chinese culture, Sino-American relations, or a comparative study of China.

J. D. Smith Graduate Student Award in History

This annual award recognizes one of the department's outstanding graduate students, and is named for our former colleague J. D. Smith.  The prize includes a certificate of recognition and a cash award.

J. D. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Two scholarships will be awarded to: 1) An incoming freshman who resides in Saginaw, Midland or Mount Pleasant, is committed to the advancement of minorities in American society, and demonstrates great academic potential; and 2) A CMU undergraduate student, of sophomore or greater standing, who is committed to the advancement of minorities in American society and demonstrates an interest in research or scholarly pursuits. Preference will be given to applicants studying or conducting research in the fields of history and/or African-American history.

Mae Teeter History Prize

Awarded annually to a CMU student majoring in history. Requirements: Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, produce an outstanding essay in a CMU history seminar, be elected to Phi Alpha Theta and make a promise and commitment to a career of service. Applicants must also submit a thoughtful proposal for using the award for continued study in history. Applicants must also submit 2 letters of reference from CMU history faculty members.

Dennis Thavenet Study Abroad History Award

This is an annual award that provides financial assistance to a junior or senior history student studying abroad, with some preference given for study in the Netherlands. The award is named in honor of Emeritus Professor Dennis Thavenet, who has been very active in promoting the benefits of study abroad experiences for students.  Requirements: Applicants must have 3.0 or higher GPA in history. Other criteria considered include: educational benefit to student's plan of study; commitment to serious study; and financial need. Applicants must also solicit 2 letters of recommendation from History faculty.

Dennis Thavenet Study Abroad Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship that provides financial assistance to a junior or senior history student studying abroad, with some preference given for study in the Netherlands.  The award is named in honor of Emeritus Professor Dennis Thavenet, who has been very active in promoting the benefits of study abroad experiences for students. Requirements: Applicants must have 3.0 or higher GPA in history. Other criteria considered include: educational benefit to student's plan of study; commitment to serious study; and financial need. Applicants must also solicit 2 letters of recommendation from History faculty.​

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