The History Department offers scholarships and grants that recognize students who achieve academic excellence and students who desire to apply their history skills in real-world contexts.

David Montgomery History Scholarship
The David Montgomery History Scholarship supports one scholarship for $2000. David Montgomery (Accounting, '80), currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Duluth, Minnesota, is a life-long student of history. He funds this scholarship in support of students who share his passion. His scholarship is awarded to a returning student who has declared a major in History. The scholarship will be awarded to the student based on their application and answer to an essay question. This award will be in the form of a tuition payment for the following academic year.

David Taylor Scholarship
The David Taylor Scholarship Fund supports an annual scholarship of up $1500. The scholarships will be awarded to either a first year student who has declared a major in History or an outstanding History major. In addition to the Application for History Scholarship form, the student must submit an essay explaining why they chose history as their major (about 250 words). This award will be in the form of a tuition payment for Fall and Spring semesters of the following academic year or can be received be in the form of a cash grant. These scholarships have been established by the family and friends of Professor David Taylor in order to honor the memory of one who exemplified the highest ideals of historical scholarship and college teaching. Professor Taylor was a member of the History Department from 1969 to 1985.

William E. Lass Student Research Grants
Our William E. Lass Student Research Grants have sent students to conduct archival research present their work at academic conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Professor Emeritus Lass taught history to Minnesota State University students for 42 years.  During his prolific career, Dr. Lass published dozens of articles and seven books.  His prodigious teaching, research, and writing enabled him to become the state’s leading expert on Minnesota history.  Dr. Lass established this research and writing fund to help students with the cost of historical research and writing, a passion he keeps alive during his retirement from teaching. The grants may be used to support undergraduate and graduate student research and presentations at conferences. Grants will be made throughout the year.

Lass Research Grant Application


New first year and transfer students may be eligible for scholarships from Minnesota State University, Mankato! Prospective students may view additional scholarship opportunities at Minnesota State Mankato by submitting a General Application through Minnesota State Mankato's Scholarship Finder tool.


Financial Assistance

The Department offers graduate assistantships to support its most promising graduate students. The number of assistantships varies according to funding support from the university. Students must apply for an assistantship. The faculty usually reviews and recommends assistantships in the late spring for the following year.

Students who are aged 62 or above and who are Minnesota residents may take advantage of a tremendous opportunity to enroll in our courses at exceptionally low tuition rates. See the student financial services page for more information.