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Department of History & Geography

History Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available exclusively to students within the History and Geography department at Columbus State University: 

Alfonso Biggs Scholarship

The Alfonso Biggs Scholarship was established to reward the young scholarly careers of entering first-year students who will major in History at Columbus State University. The scholarship honors Mr. Biggs' lifelong interest in academic excellence and his support for undergraduate education in the humanities and social sciences. Recipients of this prize shall be known as Biggs Scholars.


Awarded to a deserving high school student, majoring in History, who has been accepted into the CSU first-year class and demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, skills and interest in history, the potential to contribute to the collegiate environment, and financial need.

Applications for the Biggs Scholarship can either be mailed to Dr. Ryan Lynch, Department of History & Geography, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31907, or emailed to lynch_ryan1@columbusstate.edu.

Applications should include:

  • Your name, address, and contact information
  • A recommendation letter from a high school history teacher (or someone who is familiar with your work)
  • Your high school transcript
  • An original essay, limited to 200 words, explaining your commitment to the study of history at Columbus State University


This award may be renewable for three years while the student continues in the discipline of History and maintains a 3.0 cumulative average and a 3.3 average in history. The awarded amount is determined by current funding.


Annually, April 1

The Christine Agnes Gullo Prize in Historical Research and Writing

The purpose of the prize is to promote the scholarly writing of undergraduate majors in History at Columbus State University. The prize honors Ms. Gullo's lifelong interest in history and support for historical knowledge as a key component of the humanities and social sciences. Recipients of this prize shall be known as Gullo Scholars.


Faculty of the CSU Department of History and Geography may annually nominate an original outstanding research paper using both primary and secondary sources for courses of the HIST 3000, 4000, and 5000 level completed at Columbus State University. Evidence of high-quality writing skills, innovative primary source analysis and research, accurate citation, and judicious use of secondary sources are necessary for consideration and award.


The Christine Agnes Gullo Prize is awarded annually provided that members of the faculty submit a paper matching the criteria of the prize.


Annually, Spring Semester

For more information on these history scholarships contact:
Dr. Doug Tompson, Chair
Phone: 706-507-8356

Other Financial Aid

Looking for other ways to help pay for school as a History major at Columbus State? The following are useful resources for identifying scholarships that are offered at the university, state, regional, and national level:

Honors Program Scholarships and Grants

Institutional & External Scholarships

Student Research and Creative Endeavors Grants

Scholarships for History Majors

Scholarships for African American Students

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia Scholarships

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

Phi Alpha Theta Graduate Student Scholarship

Phi Alpha Theta Paper Prize Awards

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Content