This listing includes academic scholarships and financial awards that are open to CU Denver history students. We are grateful for our generous donors and partners who help provide the following opportunites for our students. Find the listing for internships and other opportunities here.

Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honors Society. CU Denver's chapter of this society incorporates students' passion for history with group bonding and overall fun. They hold several events each semester, such as guest lectures, panel discussions, and trivia nights. Once a member, you are a member for life. If interested, please contact the history department at

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Phi Alpa Theta Application

Phi Alpha Theta Secondary SGA Application

The Dean's List is a university honor that is bestowed upon students who receive a 3.75 or higher in any given semester

The Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation has provided funding for students studying Colorado History since 1958. This scholarship is awarded to several students who focus on Colorado and local history each year. Awards are distributed in the Spring semester. If you think you are eligible, speak with your advisor about application dates and requirements. 

 Students must earn a minimum 3.50 g.p.a. in their upper-division History classes to qualify for honors. Students who meet that minimum will submit their History Seminar (HIST 4839) papers to the Honors Committee at the end of their final semester. The Honors Committee will determine whether to award distinction (and the level of distinction) based on the quality of the History Seminar paper. The Undergraduate Advisor will notify eligible students in the middle of their final semester. 

This scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus Mark S. Foster, a distinguished teacher, accomplished scholar, and esteemed colleague, who wished to encourage students at CU Denver to pursue the study of History. Each year, the department plans to award the scholarship to at least one undergraduate History major who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement as well as financial need. Awardees will receive $1000 toward their tuition.

Eligibility & Criteria:

  • This scholarship is open to undergraduate History majors who have completed at least six History credits at CU Denver.
  • Applicants will be evaluated based on academic merit and financial need.
  • The department especially welcomes applications from first-generation college students and students from historically underrepresented populations. 

The Mark Foster Scholarship application will be available through this page and Scholarlynx Fall 2018.

Tom & Judy Ward established the Ward Family Prize in Public History for the CU Denver student doing the most to promote history among the public through educational activities, historic preservation, publications, tours and other efforts to establish a sense of place and appreciation of the past as a guide to the future. Self nominations required. Contact Tom Noel for details and submit your nomination to him. All current CU Denver students and graduates are eligible for this prize, given each Spring.
Given in the name of beloved faculty emeritus James B. Whitesides, this $100 prize is given to the graduate student who writes the best essay in the course HIST 6013 Introduction to the Professional Study of History. The nomination process and award takes place in the Spring semester.
The David Owen Tryba Prize is an annual award for outstanding student achievement in Historic Preservation for a CU Denver student.
Don Koch, the late historian and author, established the Donald Warner Koch Colorado History Fund to encourage future Colorado historians. The fund endows two fellowships for CU Denver graduate students and highly qualified undergraduates enrolled in history programs. Fellows gain training and experience in archival management, collections management, education, historic preservation, librarianship, museum studies, public history and publications. Koch Fellowships pay two student fellows $5,000 annually to work an average of 8 hours a week at the History Colorado Center in Denver. To apply, submit the following materials by March 1st.

Application Materials

 1) Letter of intent addressing your interest in Colorado history and how this fellowship will advance your education. This letter should be no more than three pages.
 2) Resume including previous work and educational expereience and two references. Academic references preferred. 
 3) Transcripts from all collegiate institutions you have atttended. 
 4) Writing sample of 3-4 pages

Fellowship Requirements 
 1) Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate history degree program at CU Denver
 2) The Koch Fellowship application process includes an interview with the university advisors as well as History Colorado coordinators. Applicants must be prepared to schedule an interview within a certain time-frame. Usually two or three weeks after the applications are due.