Awards & Scholarships

History majors and SSSE majors are eligible for several awards sponsored by the History Department.

The $1,000 Johnston-Aronoff History Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior History student, preferably with an emphasis in the study of California and/ or the Western United States. First preference is to a Native American student who has graduated from either a Humboldt County charter or high school, but is not limited to students who meet those preferences.

The Johnston-Aronoff Scholarship was established by Guy Aronoff, a lecturer in Humboldt State University’s History Department, and his wife, Judy Johnston, in memory of Guy’s father, David Aronoff, and Judy’s mother, Aldy Johnston. Both were lifelong learners and, while neither were native Californians, very much loved California as their adopted home.

Applications for the scholarship are accepted and reviewed early in the spring semester. Contact the History Department office for details.

The Charles R. Barnum History Awards celebrate original historical research of Humboldt County. The awards were established in 1952 by a grant from Charles Barnum, a realtor and insurance broker in Eureka who was a member of the Humboldt State College Advisory Board from 1946 to his death in 1953. Papers will be accepted until 4p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014, or e-mail it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). By submitting your paper to the Barnum History Contest you hereby grant the HSU Library permission to make your work available in its online repository, Humboldt Digital Scholar. Awards will be announced at the spring majors meeting. Up to $2,500 in prize money will be distributed each year, and up to three awards will be given.

Any current student from any major can submit a paper from any year in their HSU career that hasn’t been previously submitted. The topic of the paper should be some aspect of local Humboldt County history; sources should be cited and a bibliography included; and the paper should be approximately 10-12 pages in length (the page length is a guideline, not a limit). Turn in your submission at the History Department office in Founders Hall 180. The title page should include your name and e-mail address. Submissions should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Previous winning research papers are available for reference in the Humboldt Room in the HSU Library and on Humboldt Digital Scholar.

The Gimbel Research Trust is administered by the History Department in honor of former HSU History professor John Gimbel. Awards are intended to support the research of outstanding History majors. Students may apply for up to $250 for travel to an archive or research library, or to conduct research in another appropriate form. Travel must support student work related to a History class or to the annual History Department Student Conference held in the Spring. Applications for award money must be submitted to the History Department main office (Founder’s Hall 180). The deadline for applications is TBA.

The Dr. John Hennessy Award was established in memory of Dr. John Hennessy, a professor of History and department chair at Humboldt State University who, after his retirement from the History Department, provided many years of service to the university. The The $500 award is given each year to a history major and graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence in the study of history.

The William R. Tanner History Scholarship was established in memory of William R. Tanner, professor of History at Humboldt State University from 1970 to 1999 and founder of History Day at the university. Dr. Tanner was also author of A View from the Hill, a history of Humboldt State University. The Tanner scholarship is awarded each year to a History major and resident of Humboldt County who has demonstrated academic merit and financial need.