Thursday, May 10, 2012

Montana History Conference Scholarships Available

The Montana Historical Society is putting together an amazing program for the 39th Annual Montana History Conference, to be held in Helena, September 20-22, 2012. (The educator’s workshop is shaping up to be dynamite, too.) We hope you’ll consider attending—and that the scholarship opportunity detailed below will make things easier.

This is obviously a great opportunity for teachers, but it is also a good opportunity for your students. The Butte High School History Club has used this scholarship the last two years to send interested high school students (with a chaperone) to the conference. We’ve loved having those young people!

Here are details on the scholarship:

Washington Foundation Scholarships Available for Teachers and Students

Thanks to the generosity of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in Missoula, the Montana Historical Society is pleased to offer scholarships for attendance at the 39th Annual Montana History Conference.  This year the conference will be held in Helena at the Best Western Premiere Great Northern Hotel from September 20–22, 2012.

About the conference: 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of America’s first Homestead Act.  Born of the same political discord that led to the Civil War and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln during the early years of that conflict, the act provided for the transfer of 160 acres of public land to each homesteader upon payment of a nominal filing fee and five years of “proving up.” The original proponents of the Homestead Act envisioned the settlement of the West by individual farmers with an almost utopian fervor, and today, our cultural mythology most often portrays homesteading as a symbol of the most American of ideals.

There is no question that homesteading played a significant role in the development of Montana.  But did it truly represent “opportunity for all?” The 39th Annual Montana History Conference seeks to examine that question in depth and from many different angles.

About the scholarships: The scholarships will consist of full conference registration plus a $275 travel/expense reimbursement.  All teachers and students in Montana’s high schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply (residents of Helena and the immediate vicinity are eligible for the conference registration scholarship but not the travel reimbursement).

Recipients must attend the entire conference, including Thursday’s Educator’s Workshop.  

Preference will be given to

Teachers and students from Montana’s tribal colleges;
Teachers and students from Montana’s on-reservation high schools;
Teachers and students from Montana’s community colleges;
Teachers and students from Montana’s small, rural, underserved communities.

Applicants should provide the following information by mail or email to klambert@mt.gov (no official form is required):

Mailing address:
Teachers—grade(s) taught and number of students:
Students—grade level and major/area of interest:
My school is/is not located on one of Montana’s seven Indian reservations.

Include a brief description of why you want to attend the History Conference and how this scholarship will further your teaching or study of Montana History.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. September 3, 2012.  Awards will be announced the following week.

For more information, or to submit an application, contact:

Kirby Lambert, Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620-1201

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