Giving to the History Department
State-appropriated funding supports our core mission of teaching and, to a lesser extent, our research and engagement. Still, we must generate external support through grants, fellowships, and donations to address a myriad of other critical needs in the department. We have existing giving opportunities and are open to new funding ideas and approaches.
Please consider a gift to the History Enhancement Fund. Gifts to this fund can be used by the Department of History in whichever area has a particular need.
The following is a list of specific opportunities for giving.
History Enhancement Fund
Gifts to this fund can be used by the Department of History in whichever area has a particular need.
Michael and Lyn Green Fund for Jewish Studies
Initiated by Michael and Lyn Green of Fayetteville, this fund supports course development and programming in the history of Jewish life. Our goal is to build up an endowment that will enable us to sponsor an annual lecture.
Public History Enhancement Fund
Begun with contributions from alumni of our Graduate Program in Public History, this account provides support in programmatic areas for which state-appropriated funds may not be used. For example, a student without a graduate stipend or assistantship is ineligible for travel support with state funds. We use this account to support their travel to research sites and to present the results of their research at professional conferences.
Mary Lee and Luther W. Barnhardt Memorial Scholarship Endowment (Graduate Support)
Generously created by the Barnhardt family, this scholarship provides a annual scholarship for a graduate student.
History Emeriti Faculty Award
Started by History alumni to recognize Emeriti Professors John Riddle and Joe Hobbs, this fund currently supports an annual prize awarded in the name of Joe Hobbs to the graduating senior who has consistently demonstrated the highest level of historical curiosity. The department seeks to increase the endowment to the point that it will support an annual undergraduate scholarship in honor of our emeriti faculty.
John David Smith Award
Named in honor of the former faculty member who established the Public History program, this prize is awarded each year to the outstanding graduating M.A. in Public History.
Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The department has no undergraduate scholarships and only one graduate student scholarship to use to recruit outstanding students. More of these are vital to attracting the best students, especially those who are considering careers in secondary teaching.
Endowed Lecture Series
Endowed lecture series permit the department to invite leading historians to NC State to present talks that are accessible not simply to faculty but also to the community at large. Such occasions raise the department's profile professionally and in the community, thereby helping us to attract faculty and students.
How to Make a Gift
By Credit Card: Use our Secure Online Gift Form to make a gift by credit card.
By Check: Make your check payable to the NC State Foundation. On the memo line, please indicate to which History Department Program you wish to direct your gift. Then mail the check to:
CHASS Development Office
Campus Box 7016
Raleigh, NC 27695-7016
To learn more about giving opportunities, please contact the History Department at 919.515.2483 or email HistoryDept@ncsu.edu.
Alumna, Amy Vidunas, Gives Back to the History Department.
Graduate students often find it difficult making ends meet especially if they are going to school full time. Alumna, Amy Vidunas, ’07, wants to make it a little bit easier.
Amy Vidunas was a fifth grade Social Studies teacher working in California when she decided to return to school to obtain a Masters degree in History. Since the fifth grade curriculum covers US History through 1800, she wanted to go east to study in an area close to many of the places she was teaching her students about. In 2002, she applied and was admitted to NC State’s Masters Program in History.
Her thesis ended up focusing on recent US history. The project, “Jimmy Carter, Mexico, and the Natural Gas Contract Negotiations of 1977-1979” required travel to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta. Vidunas was on a tight budget, “I remember being downright jubilant the night at the library when I found the broken microfilm copy machine; I inserted one quarter and was able to make some 50 copies instead of just one.”