History Department Scholarships & Awards
Langston Carter History Graduate Student Emergency Fund
Langston Carter was a talented and beloved graduate student in the Department of History, whose life was tragically cut short in 2020. Those faculty fortunate enough to work with Langston remember his extraordinary empathy, work ethic, wit, and intelligence, as well as his huge role in our graduate student community. His graduate school peers, who knew him much better, remember how his qualities impacted their lives - Langston joining others for late-night writing sessions after already putting in a full day’s work, hugs that “felt like a gift,” epic karaoke performances, the "type of friend who was there when you needed him most," and someone with enough sass to make everyone around him laugh.
In 2021, the Department of History established the Langston Carter History Graduate Student Emergency Fund in his memory to help graduate students who experience temporary financial hardships and need immediate support.
Learn the History Behind Our Scholarships
Each year, the History Department awards a number of merit and need-based scholarships and awards to currently enrolled students. Most scholarship decisions will take place by early spring. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Scholarship and Awards Committee. Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for information about additional scholarships open to MTSU students.
Frederic M. Crawford History Scholarship in European and Global History
Named in honor of Dr. Frederic M. Crawford, who joined the MTSU History Department in 1964 and retired in December 2011. In his 45-year career, Dr. Crawford taught many courses, including Roman and Greek History, the French Revolution and Napoleon, Absolutism and Enlightenment, and Western Civilization. He was well-known for his generosity and his love of baseball and politics.
Edward L. and Aileen O. Jennings Scholarship in History
Named in honor of Edward L. Jennings and his wife, Aileen O. Jennings (a graduate of Cumberland University in 1938), who were both graduates of Liberty High School in DeKalb County, Tennessee. Edward Jennings received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Middle Tennessee, served on the State Board of Education for more than 20 years, served as president of the National Alumni Association in the mid-1960s, and helped organize the MTSU Foundation (and served as one of its trustees for its first 13 years). In recognition of his many contributions to the university, he was honored as "Distinguished Alumnus" on 7 May 1983. Mr. Jennings was an attorney, and Mrs. Jennings was a teacher.
Ernest Hooper History Scholarship
Named in honor of Dr. Ernest Hooper, who received his bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State College in 1942 and then served in the Hospital Corps of the U.S. Navy until the end of World War II. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 and 1957. He served as professor and dean at Yankton College from 1958 until 1960, when he joined the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro from the time he was nine until 1950, and he returned to First Presbyterian in 1960 when he joined the faculty. During his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, the Rutherford County Historical Association, and the Rutherford County Retired Teachers Association.
Roscoe and Lucy Strickland Awards
Named in honor of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Lucy Strickland, who were long-time and generous donors to the History Department and advocates for the importance of history in the university and in the community. Dr. Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. was one of the founding members of the History Department in 1963, having joined the faculty in 1949, and he served as the first President of the Faculty Senate. Lucy Strickland also served on the MTSU faculty and was very active in the Murfreesboro community, including service as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This set of three awards was created to recognize outstanding historical research projects by MTSU’s History majors and minors in a public manner each spring semester.
William and Westy Windham History Scholarship
The William and Westy Windham History Scholarship was established by William and Westy Windham through the MTSU Foundation to benefit students who are working toward becoming history teachers. Dr. William Windham was a member of the MTSU faculty from 1955 to 1989 and served as chairman of the Department of History for eleven years. The late Westy Windham (1927-91) earned a master's degree in sociology at MTSU and was the founder of the Great American Singalong.
Bart McCash Memorial Scholarship
Named in honor of Dr. William Barton "Bart" McCash, a member of the History Department faculty and its Chair. He was a scholar, teacher, leader, and friend to the department during his 30 years there (1961-1991). He published 2 books and won the university's outstanding teacher award. Students remembered him as a teacher who challenged their assumptions and made them want to learn. Members of the MTSU community honored his integrity and his professional vision. And his many friends and members of his family simply cherish his memory.
Thelma Jennings Scholarship
Named in honor of Dr. Thelma Jennings, who taught for a number of years in the Wilson County Public School System. She received her master's degree from MTSU and joined the History faculty in 1996 after received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Her teaching focused on American history, especially the Old South and the Civil War. She retired in 1985 and established this scholarship that same year.
James N. Leonard History Scholarship
Named in honor of Dr. James N. Leonard to honor his passion for "fostering better racial understanding".
James E. Taylor Scholarship
Roscoe and Lucy Strickland International Study Award
Named in honor of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Lucy Strickland, who were long-time and generous donors to the History Department and advocates for the importance of history in the university and in the community. Dr. Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. was one of the founding members of the History Department in 1963, having joined the faculty in 1949, and he served as the first President of the Faculty Senate. Lucy Strickland also served on the MTSU faculty and was very active in the Murfreesboro community, including serving as the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters and service on the MTSU Foundation. This Award was established to help defray the costs of participating in any international exchange program established by the MTSU History Department that has a formal memorandum of understanding in place.
May Dean Eberling Scholarships
Named in honor of May Dean Eberling, an MTSU alumna who was presented with the Distinguished Service to the Community Award. May Dean Eberling was heavily involved in education, and in historic preservation. She was the first Executive of the Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, as well as the Community Services Director and Executive Producer at WTVF.
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