Scholarships and Awards

Thanks to the generous philanthropy of our donors, you are able to extend your opportunities when you apply for a scholarship. Besides the degree specific scholarships available through our school, we encourage you to explore other scholarships available at ASU.

ASU General Scholarships

ASU Scholarship Search

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarships

http://clas.asu.edu/current-students/scholarships-and-awards

National Scholarships

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement administered by Barrett, The Honors College helps students apply for national and international awards, including the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, and many more. This office assists any Arizona State University student applying for one of these awards, not exclusively students in Barrett, The Honors College. 

Friends of History Scholarship

Description
The Friends of History Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student who has declared a major in history. Consideration is given to academic merit and to the student's commitment to the field of history. 

Amount
$1,000

Eligibility 

  • A minimum ABOR high school GPA of 3.00  
  • Declaration of a BA in history in SHPRS

Requirements

  • Please submit a short essay (250 words maximum) about why you chose history as a major. Please address what kind of impact you hope your studies will have on your life and what kind of impact you hope to have on your community and your world with a degree in history.

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Wallace E. Adams Memorial Award for Excellence in European History

Description
Nan Adams, in memory of her husband Dr. Wallace E. Adams, established this scholarship to support undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate sustained excellence in the pursuit of European history.

Amount
$1,500

Requirements

  • Submit a letter to the history scholarship committee explaining why you should be considered,
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in history, evidence of significant course work
  • A copy of a paper from a class 

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Thomas H. Critchlow Scholarship

Description
The Thomas H. Critchlow Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students interested in the study of the history of political liberty and economic freedom.

Amount
$500-$1,000

Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student (Political History and Leadership certificate program student preferred) 
  • Recipient shall have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants should include a 600-word analytical essay examining a critical decision that was made by a leader of their choice, and how that decision revealed qualities of good or bad leadership.

Requirements
Submit a completed application, resume and essay via the ASU Scholarship Portal by March 2 deadline. 

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Palo Verde Republican Women Scholarship

Description
The goal of the scholarship is to promote civic responsibility, knowledge of the political process, and future community engagement by the scholarship recipients.

Amount
$500-$1,000 

Eligibility

  • Must be an incoming freshman or full-time undergraduate student (Political History and Leadership certificate program student preferred) 
  • Applicants should include a curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants should include a 1,200 - 1,500-word argumentative essay examining an event in American history that was most decisive in changing the course of the nation.

Requirements
Submit a completed application, resume and essay via the ASU Scholarship Portal by March 2 deadline.

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Schultz Family Scholarship

Description
The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage undergraduate students and incoming high school students to explore the founding principles and exceptionality of the United States.

Amount
$2,000 - $3,000

Eligibility

  • Must be an incoming freshman or full-time undergraduate student (Political History and Leadership certificate program student preferred) 
  • Applicants should include a curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants should include a 1,200 - 1,500-word argumentative essay answering the following question: Since its founding, what has been the greatest strength of the United States?

Requirements
Submit a completed application, resume and essay via the ASU Scholarship Portal by March 2 deadline. 

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Friends of Philosophy Scholarship

Description
The Friends of Philosophy Scholarship is an annual scholarship of $1000 awarded to an undergraduate student who has declared a major in Philosophy or in Morality, Politics, and Law. Consideration will be given to academic merit and to the student’s commitment to the field of philosophy.

Eligibility

  • A minimum GPA of 3.50
  • Declaration of a B.A. in Philosophy or in Morality, Politics, and Law in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies is required for consideration

Requirements

  • Please submit a short essay (250 words maximum) about why you chose to study philosophy. Please address why studying philosophy is important to you and to society.

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Christine Sato Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy

Description
The Christine Sato Memorial Scholarship was established to support an undergraduate student pursuing a Philosophy degree in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. The scholarship was established in memory of Christine Sato, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from ASU in 1990 and a Master of Accountancy in 1996. During her life, Christine worked in the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, was credited with helping to make the new Arizona State Hospital a reality, and was dedicated to serving the behavioral and public health needs of Arizona residents. The scholarship is a tribute to Christine's dedication to education and to her efforts to always help others.

Amount
$1000 

Eligibility

  • Recipients shall be full-time, undergraduate students pursuing a major in philosophy
  • Recipients shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are Arizona residents
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who have done community service or volunteer work or have been involved in leadership or campus organizations
  • Preference to applicants who have worked or are currently working to help meet their educational expenses

Requirements

  • Copy of resume
  • Essay about your goals

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Douglas G. Arner Academic Freedom Scholarship

Description

The Douglas G. Arner Academic Freedom Scholarship was established in 2006 to recognize Professor Arner's passion for academic freedom and career achievements in the field of Philosophy. Douglas Arner came to ASU in 1959 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. He was a pivotal member in establishing the Department of Philosophy, served as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 1962-1972, and taught at ASU for 28 years.

He was a deeply principled man whose values and ideals governed the actions he undertook and the direction of his life. Of these principles, the concept and importance of academic freedom figured prominently in his career. Throughout his career, he defended the rights of faculty and students to express their views while also striving to maintain the integrity of the education the department delivered.

Through the generosity of Dr. Arner's son John, former students, colleagues and friends, the scholarship creates a legacy that will benefit many generations of undergraduate students majoring in philosophy.

Amount
$1,500

Eligibility

  • Recipient shall be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Recipient must be at the junior or senior level when receiving the scholarship
  • Recipient shall be majoring in philosophy
  • Recipient shall have a minimum GPA 3.0

Requirements

  • Write an original essay on the importance of academic freedom

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Philosophy Essay Contest

Description
The Philosophy Essay Contest annually recognizes a high-quality undergraduate essay on any topic in philosophy.

Amount
$500

Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled as a philosophy student
  • Prior prize winners are not eligible to enter

Requirements

  • One entry per student
  • Essays are to be typed, double-spaced between 3,000 and 6,000 words (double-spaced) in length and any philosophical topic. Use either PDF or Word format.  
  • Essays will be blind reviewed, and therefore should contain no personal identifying information—do not put your name in the document. Please verify that your name is not included in the file properties/metadata.

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Friends of Religious Studies Scholarship

Description
The Friends of Religious Studies Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student who has declared a major in religious studies. Consideration will be given to academic merit and to the student’s commitment to the field of religious studies.

Eligibility

  • Declaration of a degree in religious studies in SHPRS is required for consideration

Requirements

  • Please submit a short essay (250 words maximum) about why you chose religious studies as a major. Please address why studying religious studies is important to you and to society.

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Norton and Ramsey Religious Study in Israel Scholarship

Description
The Norton and Ramsey Scholarship is named in honor of the Reverend Jenny Norton. Jenny received her BS in Justice Studies with a minor in Religious Studies in 1993 from Arizona State University. She completed her graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary. After denominational ordination, she was assigned to serve her church as assistant pastor and appointed to a position as an auxiliary chaplain at the Arizona State Department of Corrections. Her work continues that of her father, Ralph Norton, in Arizona’s state prisons. Jenny holds a personal awareness and passion for religious studies. This fund is established as an outgrowth of and commitment to that ideal.

Amount
$1,700

Eligibility

  • Recipients shall be full-time students at the sophomore or higher academic level, as defined by the ASU registrar
  • Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a degree program with a focus on building understanding and tolerance of different religions, and have a major or minor within SHPRS
  • Student must have at least one remaining semester at ASU and will share experience with students and faculty. The award is to be used to provide support for academic study in Israel, including a visit and possible internship with a university in Israel.
  • The Donor has a preference for the student to visit and participate in the Arava Institute at Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
  • The Donor has a preference for the student course work to have a focus on sustainability and stewardship of Mother Earth's resources.

Requirements

  • The amount available for award is to be used to provide support for academic study in Israel, including a visit and possible internship with a university in Israel.  The scholarship is not to be used to fund travel for international students to the United States.
  • Recipient is expected to return to ASU for a minimum of one semester prior to graduation so that they may share the study and travel experience with other students and faculty.
  • Please submit one essay regarding your goals and another regarding your impact on your field of study; address why you selected Religious Studies as your major/minor.

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Steve and Margaret Forster Memorial Scholarship in Religious Studies

Description
The Steve and Margaret Forster Memorial Scholarship provides scholarship for students who have a documented major and/or minor in Religious Studies.

Amount
$5,000

Eligibility

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the Religious Studies undergraduate degree program.
  • Preference given to students who are specifically interested in Buddhism, Atheism and/or Judaism.

Requirements

  • Please submit one essay regarding your goals and another regarding your impact on your field of study; address why you selected Religious Studies as your major/minor.

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Warner-Fong Scholarship

Description
Lilly Fong established the Warner-Fong Scholarship in honor of Ila Marie White Warner for her inspiring example of service to the community and for her love and loyalty to ASU and in honor of her parents, Ong C. and Helen Hing. Lilly Fong earned her B.A. in Education from ASU in 1949 and was the first Asian-American school teacher in Nevada. This scholarship is a commemoration of Ms. Fong's dedication to supporting students.

Amount
$1,000

Eligibility

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be an incoming freshman or transfer student
  • Consideration is given to academic merit and to the student's commitment to the field of Asia Studies. 

Requirements

  • Please submit Impact on Field of Study Essay and address why you chose Asia Studies as a major, what kind of impact you hope your studies will have on your life and what kind of impact you hope to have on your community and your world with a degree in Asia Studies.
  • Application due July 5, 2020

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Guilford A. Dudley Memorial Prize for Excellence in Asian Studies

Description
Guilford A. Dudley was a professor of history at Arizona State University for 16 years, introduced Asian Studies to ASU and was the founding director of the Center for Asian Studies. This memorial fund was established by his colleagues and friends to remember Guil and his passion for Asian history. The award aims to recognize the highest achieving student in Asian Studies.

Amount
$400*

Eligibility

  • The undergraduate or graduate student recipient will be selected based on academic excellence

Requirements

  • Submit a letter of support from a faculty member
  • Submit a page-long motivation or cover letter

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Sage Family Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship

DescriptionThe Sage Family Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship is a tribute to William W. Sage's interest in a lifelong work in Laos and Southeast Asia and is in loving memory and honor of his parents, Lloyd G. and Twyla M. Sage. Sage earned his B.A in Political Science from ASU in 1968. As an undergraduate student, he was interested in international affairs, particularly foreign student affairs. After graduating, he volunteered for the International Voluntary Services (IVS), a Peace Corps-like organization working in a number of countries around the world, like Laos. Throughout his career, Sage continued to work and support refugees. This scholarship aims to recognize his contribution and support students at ASU who wish to travel and study abroad in Laos (and neighboring countries of Southeast Asia).

Amount
$3,000*

 

Eligibility

  • Students of all majors are invited to apply. Some prior study of Southeast Asia at ASU is preferred, but not required.
  • In order to receive funding, the selected recipient must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at the time of application and have completed at least 56 semester hours or four (4) semesters of study prior to taking up the scholarship.
  • By signing the application, applicants agree that, if awarded the scholarship, they will: 1) spend at least half of their scholarship-funded trip in Laos; 2) submit, within three months of completing the scholarship, a trip report of approximately six pages (c2,000 words) reflecting on their trip and its lessons; and 3) make at least one public or classroom presentation at ASU about their experiences.
  • By signing the application, each applicant agrees to: 1) apply for and receive a Passport; 2) abide by the laws of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and other countries in which they may travel; 3) comply with the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct; and 4) enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) recommended by the ASU Study Abroad Office, https://studyabroad.asu.edu/.
  • Financial need is not required. It is suggested that students inquire at the ASU Financial Aid Office if there is a question as to whether receiving this scholarship will impact their financial aid.
Requirements
  • The completed Sage Family Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship application.
  • The applicant’s name should appear at the top of each page.
  • A copy of a transcript that includes grades from your most recently completed semester (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professionals/professors who can attest to the potential for success in academics at ASU and the character of the applicant. Each letter should be written on letterhead stationery and submitted by email to Asia@asu.edu, with Sage Scholarship on the subject line.
  • Transcripts and letters of recommendation must also adhere to the deadline of January 17, 2020.

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