Talle Family Merit Scholarship for Excellence in History

Margaret and Kenneth Talle graduated in 1966 from the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts.  Margaret’s degree was from the departments of French and English, and she went on to have a very successful French teaching career at Breck School. Kenneth graduated with a degree from the Department of History, and he co-founded Thies and Talle, a prosperous Management Company with properties located throughout the Midwest. Inspired by former University President Ken Keller’s commitment to focus and excellence, as well as their own son’s merit-based scholarship awards, the Talle’s were moved to create a scholarship, to be awarded to the best undergraduate senior with a major in History.

The Talle Family Merit Scholarship for Excellence in History covers an amount up to $12,000 to be used for the payment, partially or totally, of tuition, living expenses and travel, or the purchase of books and other research materials during the student’s senior year.

Application Procedure & Eligibility Requirements

Applications for the Talle Family Merit Scholarship must meet the general department requirements for scholarships as well as these additional requirements as noted below:

The Talle Family Merit Scholarship requires that you:

  • Are an admitted U of M Student
  • Are a History major
  • Have a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA from all schools attended
  • Have full time status (minimum of 15 credits each semester)
  • Have completed a minimum of 75 credits at time the scholarship is dispersed.

In addition to the standard application materials, the Talle Family Merit Scholarship requires these additional items:

  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a U of M History faculty member)
  • A scholarly writing sample (a paper, preferably historical, from a class taken at the U of M)
  • Personal narrative of no more than two single-spaced pages describing:
    1. your previous engagement with the study of history
    2. what receiving the Talle Scholarship would make possible for you
    3. future educational plans/goals, if any
    4. if applicable, the applicant may wish to explain how his or her background and experience contributes to the History Department’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity. The applicant may also wish to speak to any obstacles he or she has faced in his or her studies to date.

Past Recipients

Tyler Boesch (2016-2017)

Rachel Perry (2015-2016)

Lauren Kittrell (2014-2015)

Rebecca Whitmore (2013-2014)

Gus Gleiter (2012-2013)

Renae Rodgers (2011-2012)

Paige Patchin (2010-2011)

Alisha Santoorjian (2009-2010)