Department of History


The History Department is pleased to offer several scholarships to History majors to help defray the cost of higher education. For additional information, please see the descriptions below, or contact the Department Chair, Prof. Lisa Edwards, or the Awards Chair, Prof. Chad Montrie.

Beginning in 2015-16, students majoring in History do not need to apply for these scholarships; all students eligible for these scholarships will be automatically considered. The one exception is the Study Abroad scholarship (see below). The faculty Awards and Prizes committee generally meets in April each year to recommend scholarship winners prior to the end of Spring semester. 

The O'Leary Scholarship

Named in honor of Dr. Daniel O’Leary, the former President of the Lowell State College and Chancellor of the University of Lowell, this scholarship of $1500 (variable according to the yield on the fund) is open to all full-time History undergraduate majors. The award is based on a combination of academic performance (i.e., GPA, faculty observations) and financial need (as determined by the University according to established federal financial aid formulas). Typically, one scholarship is awarded each spring to a sophomore student for use in the junior year. The scholarship is generally granted to the same student in the senior year, assuming that the student remains in good academic standing as a History major.

The Demaille Family Scholarship

The DeMaille Family Scholarship, provided through the generosity of the DeMaille Family, is awarded to students as follows:

  • Once in the amount of $400 or the total yield of the Endowed Fund in that year
  • To students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in History who are in their sophomore, junior or senior years in their degree program at the University 
  • To students with an academic GPA of at least 3.0 
  • To students who are in good academic standing 
Preference for students who demonstrate financial need through established federal financial aid formulas, and to students from the City of Lowell. 

Goodwin Endowed Scholarship

The Doris Kearns Goodwin and Richard N Goodwin Endowed Scholarship of approximately $1,000 is awarded to history students enrolled in the Department of History, according to the following criteria: 

  • Must be in good academic standing maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must demonstrate financial need through established federal financial aid formulas 

The amount of the award varies each year according to the yield from the endowment.

Zamanakos Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Alexandria Zamanakos Endowed Memorial Scholarship, made possible through the generosity of Mr. Alexander Zamanakos in honor of his sister, is awarded to students selected by the Department of History’s Scholarship Committee (the Committee). The Committee will make awards at least once per year based on the following criteria: 

  • First preference is to students studying the discipline of ancient/classical history, with focus on Greek and Roman civilizations 
  • Second preference to students studying the discipline of history in general 
  • Students must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, be U.S. citizens, and demonstrate financial need through established federal financial aid formulas.

Study Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad scholarships are offered by the History Department to History majors wishing to pursue educational programs outside of the United States.  The Department will offer 2-3 awards of $400 each in the late Spring each year, for use during the summer or following academic year. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Submission of a brief (200-300 word) statement outlining the location, purpose, and timing of the proposed study abroad program. This statement should clarify whether the student has already been accepted or is still planning to apply. 

  • Students must participate in a recognized educational program overseas.