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Carl G. Anthon Scholarship
The Carl G. Anthon Scholarship was established by Margaret D. Anthon in memory of her late husband and American University friend, Carl G. Anthon. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship support to deserving undergraduate or graduate students pursuing study in the fields of history and/or the performing arts.

Charley D. Hardwick Scholarship Fund
(for students entering the ministry or a church vocation)
See more information and online form. All majors will be considered for the Charley D. Hardwick Scholarship—in keeping with the intent and restrictions of the individual scholarship funds that make up the Charley D. Hardwick Scholarship Fund, the main selection criterion is the future plan of the student to enter the ministry or church vocation.

Jessica Waters and Douglas Ward Scholarship
The Jessica Waters and Douglas Ward Scholarship was established in 2009 by Jessica Waters. CAS/BA ’98; WCL/JD ’03, and her husband, Douglas Ward. The scholarship is an additive award to a student who is already receiving financial aid, has achieved a 3.3 grade point average, and completes 20 hours of community service each year.

 

Art

For Art History and Studio Art Students

Carol Bird Ravenal Art Award
The Carol Bird Ravenal Art Award was established in 2007 by Dr. Carol Bird Ravenal, professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Art, who taught both art history and studio art at American University. The award may be given to either undergraduate or graduate students and alternates annually between the Studio and Art History Programs. The award is competitive and students must apply with proposals for suitable projects using the funds for summer travel for educational or research purposes. The student must return to AU for either the remainder of the summer or the following semester or year and must file a report on the project with the Department of Art.

Patricia Moore Segnan Award
The Patricia Moore Segnan Award fund was created by Dr. Romeo A. Segnan in honor of his late wife, Patricia Segnan. Awards are distributed to art or art history students studying abroad, with preference given to those going to Italy.


For Studio Art Students

Catharina Baart Biddle Art Award
The Catharine Baart Biddle Art Award was established by Catharina Baart Biddle (MFA/CAS/1981), a well-known Washington painter and philanthropist to the art community. Awarded annually, this scholarship is intended to provide financial support for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the studio art program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Eligible students will demonstrate artistic talent (as determined by the chair of the Art Department) and be recommended by the faculty of the studio art program. The Award is to be used for the purchase of art supplies or other purposes supporting the student's artistic ability while the student is enrolled at the university.

Allan Carney Memorial Scholarship
The Allan Carney Memorial Scholarship was established by the late Magenta Carney Yglesias (BA/CAS/1997) in memory of her father, Allan Carney. Allan Carney was an artist who decorated and restored the interiors of churches throughout the mid-western states. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student majoring in fine arts who exhibits financial need and academic excellence.

Dean and Rosina Carter Sculptor Scholarship
The Dean and Rosina Carter Endowed Sculptor Scholarship was established through the generosity of Dean Carter, CAS/BA ’47, and his wife, Rosina Carter. The scholarship is awarded to an aspiring sculptor who is enrolled at the university and entering his or her senior (undergraduate) year.

Helene M. Herzbrun Art Scholarship
The Helene M. Herzbrun Scholarship was established in memory of Helene Herzbrun, an artist and former chair of the Department of Fine Arts, by her husband, the late Dr. Philip Herzbrun. This scholarship may be awarded to either graduate or undergraduate students and is intended for financially needy students selected by the Department of Art.

Ted and Elizabeth Leon Art Scholarship
Established by the estates of Theodore H. and Elizabeth G. Leon, the Ted and Elizabeth Leon Art Scholarship was created by Elizabeth Leon in memory of her husband and in grateful recognition of the personal rewards received from her long study of drawing and painting. The late Theodore Leon served as Chief of Language Services at the State Department from 1957 until 1977. He spoke German, Spanish, French, and Dutch and received the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State. A native of West Virginia, Ted earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He pursued post-graduate studies at the universities of Berlin, Poitiers, and Puerto Rico. Elizabeth Leon attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts on scholarship to study drawing and painting. During the 1970's, she was a student in the Department of Art at American University. The Ted and Elizabeth Leon Art Scholarship is awarded annually to a talented female junior, senior, or graduate student studying studio art who has financial need and is also a lifetime resident of Arlington County, Virginia.

Elizabeth J. Maiden Scholarship
The Elizabeth J. Maiden Scholarship was established by Elizabeth J. Maiden, CAS/BA ’51, to provide financial support to undergraduate students studying in the Department of Art at American University.

Leonard Maurer Trust Award
The Leonard Maurer Trust Award is awarded annually to an undergraduate student in fine arts whose creative work is deemed outstanding by the faculty of the Department of Art.

Pearl Rance-Reardon Scholarship
The Pearl Rance-Reardon Scholarship was established by Pearl Rance-Reardon, CAS/MFA ’96, in 2004. The scholarship provides support to students in the Department of Art.

Serge Sacknoff Memorial Sculpture Scholarship
The Serge Sacknoff Memorial Sculpture Scholarship was established in memory of Serge Sacknoff by his daughter, Marianne Sacknoff. This scholarship provides support to undergraduate and graduate students studying sculpture.

Alma Thomas Award
The Alma Thomas Award is an award that is presented annually (as funds permit) to an outstanding artist studying painting.

Elizabeth L. Van Swinderen Award in Art
The Elizabeth L. Van Swinderen Award is given annually to a graduate or undergraduate student for outstanding artistic accomplishment.

 

Biology or Sciences

Stephen C. Grebe Memorial Scholarship
The Stephen C. Grebe Memorial Scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of Stephen C. Grebe, former faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, by family, friends, and faculty. This scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate students pursuing summer research opportunities.

Gloria P. Likins Scholarship
The Gloria P. Likins Scholarship was established by the estate of Gloria Likins, CAS/BA ’60, who majored in biology while attending American University. The scholarship provides support to deserving undergraduate female students majoring in one of the sciences, with preference given to biology students.

 

Chemistry

Nina M. Roscher Travel Fund for Women in the Chemical Sciences
The Nina M. Roscher Travel Fund for Women in the Chemical Sciences was established in 1996 by Dr. Nina M. Roscher and American University, with monies awarded to Dr. Roscher as recipient of the American Chemical Society's Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences. The fund provides support to students interested in the chemical sciences profession, with preference given to female students.

Anthony M. Schwartz Fellowship
The Anthony M. Schwartz Fellowship was established in memory of Anthony M. Schwartz, a former professor of research in the Department of Chemistry at American University, by his wife, the late Jane Schwartz, family, and friends. Anthony M. Schwartz was born in Philadelphia on July 31, 1908. He received his BS in chemistry (1928) and his PhD in organic chemistry (1931) from Cornell University. Anthony Schwartz served as a chemist with Alrose, Visking, and National Aniline Chemical Companies. In 1944 he accepted a position at Harris Research Laboratories in Washington, D.C. When Harris Research Laboratories became the Gillette Research Institute, Anthony Schwartz served as assistant director and then as principal scientist and manager of the Harris Research Laboratories Department. Upon his retirement in 1973, he established his own consulting firm and held an adjunct position as a research scientist at Lehigh University's Center for Surface and Coatings Research and as was a research professor at American University.

Awarded during the summer semester, the Anthony M. Schwartz Fellowship supports undergraduate students conducting chemistry research. Preference is given to junior chemistry majors, although applications from sophomores are also welcome. Selection is based on grades, recommendations, and a statement of the student's interest in chemistry research. To apply, a completed application is to be returned to the Department of Chemistry office no later than March.


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Economics

Robert T. Adams Scholarship
The Robert T. Adams Scholarship was established with a gift from the late Robert Thomas Adams, CAS/MA ’59, and his wife, the late Marguerite Hayes Adams. The purpose of this fund is to provide aid to an outstanding undergraduate student, majoring in economics, who has exhibited financial need.

Ruth Dewey Meade Award
The Ruth Dewey Mead Award was established by Ruth Dewey Meade, CAS/BA ’40, in 2006 in honor of her daughter, Dr. Ellen E. Meade. This prize is awarded to one or two students studying economics.

 

Education, Teaching, and Health

Educational Equity Scholarship
The Educational Equity Scholarship was established in 2006. The scholarship provides support to deserving full or part-time students from under-represented populations within the university community pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the School of Education, Teaching and Health. Recipients must show strong academic achievement and a record of community service.

Ganek Family Student Teacher Awards
The Ganek Family Student Teacher Awards fund was established by Dr. Lynne Brenner Ganek, a former faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, to support student teachers. The awards provide financial support to student teachers in the development of inventive classroom activities, lessons, projects, and experiments. Awards are given to student teachers who promote academic excellence and who design exciting learning experiences which meet curriculum standards. Student teachers may apply for the awards during the practicum semester. Awards will be made at the start of the student teaching semester and can be executed throughout the term. Applications are  scored by the following criteria: creativity, benefit to students/school/community, motivational impact, and effective use of funds.

Josephine G. Gimble Scholarship
The Josephine G. Gimble Scholarship was established in memory of Josephine G. (Gichner) Gimble, CAS/BA ’52, by her children, Dr. Jeffrey Gimble, Elliot Gimble, Dr. Frederick Gimble, and Dr. Diane Johns. The scholarship is awarded to students in their junior or senior years, who are majoring in the health sciences and who have expressed a commitment to a career in the allied health fields (including, but not limited to, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, public health, and nutrition). Preference is given to female students who are originally from Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. The recipient must have attained a 3.0 grade point average or higher and demonstrate financial need.

William M. Vincent Scholarship
The William M. Vincent Scholarship was established by the Clare Rose Foundation, Inc., on behalf of William Vincent, CAS/BA ’95. The scholarship provides support to students enrolled in the School of Education and Health, with a concentration in Special Education. Eligible applicants must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and complete a minimum of 30 credits per year.


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History

The Janet Oppenheim Prize is awarded annually to the student submitting the best major seminar senior thesis.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000.  In some years, the department may offer more than one prize. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This prize was established in memory of AU History Professor Janet Oppenheim.

The Janet Oppenheim Research Awards support undergraduate research by students preparing their major seminar senior theses. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This research award was established in memory of AU History Professor Janet Oppenheim.

The James W. Mooney Research Awards support undergraduate research by students preparing their major seminar senior theses.  Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This research award was established in memory of AU History Professor James Mooney.

The Dorothy Gondos Beers Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a deserving student in the Department of History who may use the funds to meet the costs associated with attendance at the University.  Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This prize was made possible through the generosity of Dorothy and Victor Gondos.

Conference Support is available through the History Department for undergraduate students. Those undergraduates receiving funding from American University for travel to present a paper at a conference may also apply to the Department for additional funds. Submit your paper proposal, notice of its acceptance, notice of your AU award, and a projected budget to history@american.edu with the subject line "UG application for conference travel." Deadline: Rolling.

 

Jewish Studies

Stephen and Lynn Greenfield Family Scholarship
The Stephen and Lynn Greenfield Family Scholarship was established by Lynn Greenfield, CAS/BA ’79, her husband, Stephen Greenfield, and their family to provide financial support to a deserving student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student, in his or her sophomore year,  enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who has attained a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and completed a minimum of 30 credits. Preference is given, when possible, to a student studying Education, Jewish Studies, or the Arts.

Jerrold and Jane Goodman Judaic Studies Scholarship
The Jerrold and Jane Goodman Judaic Studies Scholarship is a current use scholarship established by Yablick Charities, Inc. and Jerrold and Jane Goodman. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the Jewish Studies Program.

Everett and Marian Gordon Scholarship
The Everett and Marian Gordon Scholarship was established through the generosity of Everett and Marian Gordon. This scholarship is awarded to the most promising student planning a major in Jewish studies, with preference given to students without a background in Jewish studies. The scholarship may also be awarded to senior students for an outstanding thesis and may also cover related costs for selection and publication of said thesis.



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Literature

Gisela B. Trechsel Scholarship in Literature
The Gisela B. Trechsel Scholarship in Literature was established by the estate of Dr. Gisela B. Trechsel, in care of her husband, Heinz Trechsel. This scholarship supports deserving undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Literature.

Rudolph Von Abele Memorial Scholarship
The Rudolph Von Abele Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Rudolph Von Abele by Renee Weitzner CAS/BA ’68, and friends. The scholarship provides support to students majoring in European literature who exhibit financial need and academic achievement.

 

Mathematics

Frank Cox Jones Scholarship for Women in Mathematics
The Frank Cox Jones Scholarship for Women inMathematics was established by Blair Jones, SPA/MS ’78, CAS/MA ’95, to support women in mathematics. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate female students enrolled in the Department of Mathematics, with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, who have completed a minimum of 30 credits, with preference given to female students of U.S. citizenship. 

 

Performing Arts

For Theatre/Musical Theatre Students

Barnee and Dolores Breeskin Scholarship
The Barnee and Dolores Breeskin Scholarship was established in memory of Barnee Breeskin by friends and family. Barnee Breeskin graduated from Central High School and attended Georgetown University. Mr. Breeskin’s first career was in music, and from 1930 to 1956, he led the orchestra at the Blue Room at the Shoreham Hotel. In 1938, he wrote and obtained the copyright for the music for "Hail to the Redskins." Mr. Breeskin then founded Barnee Breeskin Inc., a public relations firm. Mr. Breeskin was a member of the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts and father-in-law of Gail Humphries, a member of the Department of Performing Arts faculty at American University. The scholarship provides support to an outstanding performing arts student, with preference given to students studying musical theatre.

Sylvia and Harold Greenberg Scholarship
The Sylvia and Harold Greenberg Scholarship was established by Sylvia Kay Greenberg and her late husband, Harold Greenberg. Sylvia Kay Greenberg served as a member of the American University Board of Trustees from 1973-1996. This scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduate students in a performing arts program. The scholarship provides tuition assistance while the holder is enrolled full-time at the university.

Mary Miller Patton Scholarship
The Mary Miller Patton Scholarship was established by Major General John S. Patton and Professor Emerita Mary Miller Patton. From 1943 until 1973, Mary Miller Patton taught speech, English, and classical drama, and served as director of the American University's drama program. This scholarship provides support to undergraduate sophomores and/or juniors specializing in dramatic arts in the Department of Performing Arts.

 

For Music Students

Esther W. Ballou Memorial Scholarship
The Esther W. Ballou Memorial Scholarship was established by alumni and friends in memory of Esther Williamson Ballou, a former composer and faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship provides support to music students.

Lilyan Evans Music Scholarship
The Lilyan Evans Music Scholarship was established by Mrs. Lilyan Evans and her two sons, Dr. Geoffrey Evans and Mr. Randall K. Evans. The scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Performing Arts who are majoring in music and are string players.

Mary Howe and Hans Kindler Memorial Scholarship
The Mary Howe and Hans Kindler Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mary Howe and Hans Kindler, co-founders of the National Symphony Orchestra, by Charles Crowder, former professor of music at American University, and the Kindler Foundation. Mary Howe also served as a member of the music faculty in the Department of Performing Arts at American University. This scholarship provides support to freshmen majoring in music.

Music Scholarship
The funding for this scholarship is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Music Program and is awarded at the discretion of the music scholarship committee.

David W. Wainhouse Memorial Scholarship
The David W. Wainhouse Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of David W. Wainhouse by his wife, the late Katherine Wainhouse, in recognition of the pleasure and enrichment Mr. Wainhouse received from his studies in the Music Program during his retirement years. This scholarship provides support to students studying music.

 

For music or theatre students

Ruth-Martin Simpson Melas Scholarship
The income from this fund is to be used in support of students in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Performing Arts chosen by the department chair. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in theatre or music and may be awarded for consecutive years. Student recipients should exhibit academic excellence and financial need.

 

Philosophy

Hon. Edward C. Bou Award in Philosophy and Religion
The Hon. Edward C. Bou Award in Philosophy and Religion is a merit scholarship in support of an undergraduate or graduate student studying in the Department of Philosophy and Religion who has exemplified outstanding scholarly aptitude.

Bordan Parker Bowne Scholarship
The Bordan Parker Bowne Scholarship was established by the estate of Ida C. Morrison. The scholarship provides support to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.

Harold J. and Ruth Pearson Prize
The Harold J. and Ruth Pearson Prize was established by the late Colonel Harold J. Pearson, CAS/BA ’66, and his late wife, Ruth Pearson, CAS/BA ’66. The scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student majoring in philosophy.


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Philosophy, Kay Spiritual Life Center

Edward B. Lewis Scholarship
See more information and online form
Dr. Edward B. Lewis was the former pastor of the historic Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lewis, CAS/BA ’46, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1967, and was honored with the Alumni Recognition award in 1981. He established the scholarship posthumously through a bequest from the Lewis Trust. The scholarship provides support to students at American University who are preparing for the ministry or a church vocation.

 

Physics

Benson T. Chertok Memorial Scholarship
The Benson T. Chertok Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the late Dr. Benson T. Chertok, a Professor of Physics at American University from 1966-81. This scholarship recognizes his outstanding research and contributions to the field of High Energy Nuclear Physics, including his pioneering studies of quark substructure of light nuclei at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and his 15 years of dedicated teaching and service to the Department of Physics. This scholarship is split into three awards to graduating seniors: Outstanding Academics Award, Outstanding Research Award, and Outstanding Service Award.

Jacob Kastner Memorial Scholarship
The Jacob Kastner Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jacob Kastner, a man who had a significant impact within the physics field, at the request of Dr. Richard B. Kay, former chairman of the Department of Physics, and Bernard Singer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dr. Kastner got his PhD from the University of Toronto and worked for many years at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was known for his ability to communicate with a wide variety of people across a broad range of topics — he published highly technical articles in professional journals and he created materials about radiation to distribute to high school students. This scholarship is awarded in the spring to outstanding physics majors.

 

Premedical Program

Josephine G. Gimble Scholarship
The Josephine G. Gimble Scholarship was established in memory of Josephine G. (Gichner) Gimble, CAS/BA ’52, by her children, Dr. Jeffrey Gimble, Elliot Gimble, Dr. Frederick Gimble, and Dr. Diane Johns. The scholarship is awarded to students in their junior or senior years, who are majoring in the health sciences and who have expressed a commitment to a career in the allied health fields (including, but not limited to, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, public health, and nutrition). Preference is given to female students who are originally from Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. The recipient must have attained a 3.0 grade point average or higher and demonstrate financial need.

Hassa F. Shanker Award
The Hassa F. Shanker Endowed Award was established by the estate of Hassa F. Shanker, School of Nursing ’49. This award is given to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated excellence in pre-medical studies.

 

Psychology

Barnard Scholarship
The Barnard Scholarship was established by John Fiske Barnard, KSB/MBA ’59, in memory of his late wife, Lovelle, who benefited greatly from the teachings of American University Professor James J. Gray. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to deserving graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree students studying psychology who exhibit financial need, with preference for adult learners.

 

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Feminist Research Award Competition (Fall)
This award is given annually to WGSS students who show rigorous and engaged intellectual inquiry in topics pertaining to women’s, gender, or sexuality studies. Selection for this award is also based on the effectiveness of students’ research to incite social and political action on women’s, gender, or sexuality issues. An award of up to $500 will be made to an undergraduate researcher whose research proposal is judged to be significant, grounded in the field, and feasible. The awardee is required to submit to present their research at the spring Robyn Rafferty Mathias CAS Student Research Conference.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Feminist Scholar Activist Award (Spring)
This award of up to $500 highlights student achievement in integrating academic studies with social activist work. The cash prize is given annually to WGSS students who engage in meaningful and committed activist work in topics pertaining to women’s, gender, or sexuality studies.

 

World Languages & Cultures

Sara Presciutti Memorial Scholarship
The Sara Presciutti Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Sara Presciutti, CAS/BA ’96, by family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to students who have an active interest in Italian studies and may be awarded to students studying in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies or the Department of Literature, with preference given to a student who plans to travel and study in Italy, or a student from an Italian university who is studying at American University.

Jack Child Scholarship for Spanish and Latin American Studies
This scholarship was established by the late Jack Child, University Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies. The scholarship provides support  to graduate or undergraduate students majoring or concentrating in Spanish and Latin American Studies.


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