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Please see also: Undergraduate Scholarships. For further information about how to apply for scholarships, please visit the directory to find department and program contact information.

 

Alumni & the College

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
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All majors will be considered for the scholarship—in keeping with the intent and restrictions of the individual scholarship funds that make up the Hardwick Scholarship Fund, the main selection criterion is the future plan of the student to enter the ministry or church vocation.

Vollmer Foundation Scholarship
The Vollmer Foundation Scholarship was established by Ana Luisa Estrada Vollmer de Wallis and the Vollmer Foundation. This scholarship provides support to graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, with preference given to citizens of Venezuela who intend to pursue, or are currently pursuing, full-time graduate studies.

 

Anthropology

Harvey C. and Sarah M. Moore Fellowship
The Harvey C. and Sarah M. Moore Fellowship was established through the generosity of the late Harvey and Sarah Moore. Dr. Harvey Moore served as professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at American University. This fellowship provides support to graduate students studying anthropology.

Betty T. Veatch Scholarship
The Betty T. Veatch Scholarship was established by the estate of Betty T. Veatch, CAS/MA ’74, to support graduate study in the field of archaeology. Preference is given to graduate students interested in studying the Potomac Creek Estuary of Stafford County, VA, and to female students who are returning to graduate study later in life.

 

Art

For Art History and Studio Art Graduate Students

Carol Ravenal Travel 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. It 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.


For Studio Art Students

Please note: there is no application process for the scholarships below, awarded by the studio art teaching faculty.

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.

JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Graduate Purchase Prize
The JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Graduate Purchase Prize was established by the late JoAnn Crisp-Ellert, CAS/MA ’62, CAS/PhD ’70, a well-known Washington artist and former owner of Gallery 10. This prize is awarded to a graduate painting, printmaking, or sculpture student based on the body of work in his or her master's thesis exhibition. In turn, the prize recipient will donate one work of art from his or her master's thesis exhibition to American University.

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 to an outstanding artist studying painting.

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

Van Swearingen Graduate Scholarship
The Van Swearingen Graduate Scholarship was established in 1974 by the estate of Earl Kendall Van Swearingen to support female graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Communication or the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 provides support to graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.

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.

 
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Biology

Ella F. Helmlinge Biology Fellowship
The Ella F. Helmlinge Biology Fellowship was established by the late Ella F. Helmlinge in 1964. The fellowship supports to graduate students in the Department of Biology.

 

Chemistry

Horace S. Isbell Fellowship
Established by the estates of Horace S. and May Davidson Isbell, this scholarship supports graduate students in the Department of 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.

Leo Schubert Award
The Leo Schubert Award was established through generous contributions of former students and friends of Leo Schubert to be used to support chemistry education. The award is given to the best graduate teaching assistant in chemistry.

Rachel Isbell Shaw Graduate Fellowship
Established by the late Horace S. Isbell, the fellowship is awarded to graduate chemistry fellows.

 

Economics

Barbara Bergmann Graduate Fellowship for Gender Economics
The Barbara Bergmann Graduate Fellowship for Gender Economics was established by friends, family, and members of the American University Community in honor of Barbara Bergmann, AU faculty emerita, in the Department of Economics. Barbara R. Bergmann writes on economic and social policy, with recent works on Social Security, child care, poverty, women's place in the economy and the family, and the labor market problems of women and African Americans. The fellowship supports graduate students in the Gender Economics Program.

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.

Professor Jose D. and Ursula Epstein Award
The Professor Jose D. and Ursula Epstein Award was established in memory of Jose Epstein, a former professor in the Department of Economics, by his wife, Ursula Epstein, and their family. This award supports students seeking a master’s degree in the development banking program who exhibit an outstanding performance as measured by the cumulative grade point average at the end of his or her last semester.

Simon Naidel Dissertation Fellowship
The Simon Naidel Dissertation Fellowship was established by the estate of Simon Naidel, CAS/PhD ’51. The fellowship provides support to graduate students majoring in economics who demonstrate financial need.

Nikos G. and Anastasia Photias Educational Foundation Scholarship
The Nikos G. and Anastasia Photias Educational Foundation Scholarship was first granted at American University in 2004 and is jointly awarded annually to postgraduate students at American University and the University of Economics and Business in Athens, Greece. It is funded by the Nikos G. and Anastasia Photias Educational Foundation, which was established by Anastasia Photias in memory of her husband and economics professor, Nikos G. Photias.

Frank M. Tamagna Educational Fund
Established in memory of Frank M. Tamagna, a former professor in the Department of Economics, by his wife, Irene Tamagna, MD, and friends, the Frank M. Tamagna Educational Fund supports both an award and a lecture series. The award supports an outstanding graduate or post-doctoral student who has excelled in the field of International Finance. The lecture series is usually held in the spring semester.

 

Education

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. 

Tilley Scher Family Scholarship
The Tilley Scher Family Scholarship was established in 2010 by American University Trustee Peter Scher, SPA/BA ’83; WCL/JD ’87, and his wife, Kimberly Tilley, CAS/MA ’08. The scholarship provides support to graduate students in the School of Education, Teaching and Health, who are specializing in Special Education and Learning Disabilities.

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, Teaching and Health, with concentrations 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 Richard and Carol Breitman Endowed Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, is designed to provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled full-time in the Department of History, who is pursuing his or her doctorate. Preference is to be given to students who have focused on European History. The fellowship may be renewed so long as the student remains in good standing and is enrolled fulltime. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This prize was made possible through the generosity of Margaret Anthon.

The Roger Brown Dissertation Fellowship
The Roger Brown Dissertation Fellowship, in the amount of $10,000, is to assist advanced doctoral students in completing their dissertations. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This prize is made possible through the continuing generosity of Roger Brown.

Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Graduate Research Fellowship.
This Fellowship provides $3,500 to support research using the collections at the U.S. National Archives. Candidates should submit an application consisting of a 3-page, single-spaced research proposal explaining the research question, describing briefly where the project fits into existing scholarship, and demonstrating the relevance of specific collections at NARA. A one-page letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor is required. Both should be sent as attachments to history@american.edu with the subject line “Gondos Summer Fellowship application.” The winner must submit a one-page summary of research findings at the end of the summer and make a presentation at the CAS Research Conference. Deadline: March 15. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

Robert Griffith Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Established in 2013, the Robert Griffith Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes excellence in graduate student teaching and contributions to the academic mission of the Department of History. Faculty may nominate their graduate teaching assistants. The Department's Graduate Committee selects the recipient. The award carries a prize of $1,000. The award is named in memory of AU History Professor and former Department Chair Robert Griffith.

 

Literature

College of Arts and Sciences Literature Fellowship
The College of Arts and Sciences Literature Fellowship was established by Robert F. Pence, WCL/JD ’71; CAS/MA ’97. The fellowship supports an outstanding student applying to the master's program in the Department of 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.

 

Mathematics

Frank Cox Jones Scholarship for Women in Mathematics
The Frank Cox Jones Scholarship for Women in Mathematics was established by Blair Jones, SPA/MS ’78, CAS/MA ’95, to support women in mathematics. The scholarship is awarded, as funds permit, to undergraduate or graduate female students enrolled in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

Hanna Miriam Sandler and Bella Sandler Scholarship
The Hanna Miriam Sandler and Bella Sandler Endowment was established in memory of Hanna Miriam Sandler, a former professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, by parents Samuel and the late Bella Sander, and husband Dr. Jeffrey Hakim. Dr. Hakim is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The scholarship provides support to graduate students who are earning a degree in mathematics or mathematics education, with preference given to female graduate students. 


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Philosophy

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.

Gustavus Swift Fellowship
The Gustavus Swift Fellowship was established in 1914 by the Estate of Gustavus Swift and Ann Swift. The fellowship is awarded to graduates of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who continue their studies at American University.

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.

Lucinda Joy Peach Scholarship
The Lucinda Joy Peach Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Lucinda Joy Peach, former associate professor of philosophy and religion. The scholarship provides support to students in the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master’s program in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Professor Peach specialized in moral philosophy, applied ethics (including bioethics, feminist ethics, and legal ethics), religion and politics, gender and religion, and women’s studies. As co-director of the Master's Program in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs in CAS and SIS, Professor Peach taught popular seminars in ethical theory, modern moral problems, and global ethics. She also taught a wide variety of courses in the General Education Program, both in philosophy and in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and served on the General Education Committee. 

 

Philosophy, Kay Spiritual Life Center

Edward B. Lewis Endowed Scholarship
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Dr. Edward B. Lewis was the former pastor of the historic Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lewis graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in 1946, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1967, and was honored with the Alumni Recognition award in 1981. The Edward B. Lewis Scholarship was established by Edward Lewis 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.


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Psychology

Barnard Endowed 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. This fund provides scholarship support to deserving graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree students studying psychology who exhibit financial need, with preference for adult learners.

 

Sociology

Kianda Bell Scholarhsip
The Kianda Bell Scholarship was established in memory of Kianda Bell. The scholarship provides support to master’s degree candidates in the sociology program who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

 

World Languages & Cultures

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 World Languages and Cultures. The scholarship provides support to graduate or undergraduate students majoring or concentrating in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

 
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