October 22, 2019


There are few majors as old as History… no pun intended.  The history major has many applications, but most of which is going to be academic in nature.  Of course, this is not going to be a bad thing, as this is one of the most abundant places to find scholarship opportunities.  It should be noted that the best places to find tuition funding is by looking into the fields of academia.  Academia loves to send itself a paycheck, and if you are a History major, then they will be doing just that.


Career Opportunities

Unfortunately, museum curators and history teachers don’t always make the highest to salaries.  While the job may bring satisfaction, it is not necessarily going to be the most well paying.  Which means that you are going to have a few choices to make.

You can either find yourself a high paying job that somehow works with being a history major.  This is entirely feasible, yet it will probably be a little bit more difficult that the next two choices.  There are a few professions that might interest you, but you will probably be working for the government.  (The government is also a great source of tuition funding.)

If you have the money to outright pay for college, or take classes as you earn the money (which will take you a pretty long time) you could simply take history, and be whatever you want to be, whether the salary is high or not.

Or, you could find lots and lots of scholarship funding.  This will allow you to pay for your school, no matter how much money you have.  In addition to that, you are going to be able to find yourself in whatever satisfying career that helps you reach your goals.

Notice that one of the choices was not take out oodles of student loans, and end up as a history teacher.  With the costs of education, you probably will not be able to comfortably afford a beginning teacher salary, while paying student loans.  You will have to make one of the choices above.


Best Bet

Your best bet will most likely be to find scholarships.  This is actually going to be easier than it sounds, because as we mentioned above, you are not going to have a tough time convincing academia to invest in a history major.

There are a few scholarships in particular to watch out for, and here are a few examples to point you in the right direction.  A quick search engine inquiry will reveal more details on each.  Also, if you are curious, make sure that you call the Financial Aid department of you own school or university to see what other scholarship opportunities can be afforded to you.

Here are just a few:

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards a number of scholarships to students majoring in history at accredited colleges or universities in the United States.

  • The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is given to a high school senior who will pursue a degree in American history and government. The scholarship is worth $2,000 per year and renewable for up to four years if the recipient is making suitable academic progress.
  • The Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship given to a junior or senior undergraduate history, political science, government, or economics major.
  • The J.E. Caldwell Centennial Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a graduate degree in the field of historic preservation. The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000.

Contrary to popular belief, the DAR scholarship committee does not give preference to female applicants. All scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s record of academic achievement, professional promise, and financial need. Factors such as gender, race, and religion are not considered.


Essay Contest

High school students planning to major in history can earn money for college by competing in the U.S. Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest. Students must submit a well-researched essay of 1,500 words or less on the U.S. response to conflict around the world.

First place winners from each state will receive college scholarships of $1,000 and advance to the national competition. They will receive an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit various historical landmarks, visit with political figures from around the world, and attend seminars taught by some of the nation’s leading history scholars. The top three national competition winners will receive scholarships of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500.