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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Student Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of past graduates and those interested in the various departmental programs, there are a number of students scholarships awarded each year. The provision of a scholarship is based on donor requirements, though merit and academic achievement play a significant role in the selection process.

In order to be considered for an award the student must meet two basic criteria: (1) the student must have completed a minimum of one semester as a full-time student at PSU prior to applying; and, (2) the student must be a major in one of the programs offered by the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. 

You can link to the scholarship requirements by area from the list below.

History Scholarships (PDF) Philosophy and Social Sciences Scholarships (PDF)
Pearl Brinkerhoff Scholarships Joseph K. Bachman Scholarship
Margaret B. Curfman Scholarship Curtis R. and Karen Spicer Finch Scholarship
Elizabeth Cochran Scholarship O.F. Grubbs Scholarship
E.W. "Bill" Hollenbeck Award Keith D. Hite Scholarship
Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Lorna D. Howe Scholarship
Robert S. and Frances A. LaForte Scholarship Charles and Edith Menghini Scholarship
Reverend Kenneth Melaragno Award Alvin H. and Marcy C. Proctor Scholarship
Fred B. Misse Award, Excellence in Teaching Social Sciences Faculty Scholarship
Nathaniel Skipper Rea Memorial Scholarship Social Sciences Scholarship Fund
Paul and Florine Wilbert Scholarship
Elmer W. Williams Scholarship
R. Dean and Susan E. Wright Scholarship

Gorilla Advantage:
Many students from Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas can attend Pittsburg State University at our low in-state tuition. To see if you are eligible, visit Gorilla Advantage In-State Tuition Plan.

Application Process:   
Students interested in applying for university OR a department level scholarship should contact the Office of Financial Assistance, 103 Horace Mann, 620.235.4240, If you want to apply online go to: to access the universal application form (at PSU, you use only this form to apply for university and department level scholarships).  Additional university scholarships and scholarship information can be found at

Post-Graduate Scholarships:
If you are interested in securing funding for future study, the following link ( will take you to a list of national scholarships available to graduates. These scholarships are highly competitive but students who are interested are encouraged to apply. The site gives you a link to the particular scholarship, a description of its purpose, and general qualifications.