Chorn Family Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Department of History is proud to announce the Chorn Family Scholarship. The Chorn family wishes to recognize the important role that historians have as storytellers who help the world make sense of itself. Historians perform this critical storytelling work not only within their own communities but also across different communities. Further, the family understands that external obligations and challenges, such as work or sudden financial hardships can sometimes stand in the way of student success. Accordingly, the Chorn Family Scholarship will be used to break down these barriers and ensure that the storytelling skills students master as a history major will not be silenced. The Chorn Family wants to ensure that your historical thinking and storytelling skills are used after graduation.

The Chorn Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to undergraduate scholars who work more than 20 hours per week and/or to students facing an unforeseen financial hardship.

Scholarship funds can be used toward tuition, a research project, or community engagement work.


All history majors in their junior or senior year who are in good academic standing and who have completed at least three history courses at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Application Guidelines

Applicants will need to submit their application via email to (in a single pdf file named as: last name.chorn.pdf).

  1. College transcript(s). An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
  2. A brief Personal Statement (1-page limit) that describes how these funds will allow you to work less and/or manage a specific hardship or emergency. Applicants should also speak to how they plan to use their history major or storytelling skills during and/or after college.
  3. The Chorn Family Scholarship is due the First Monday in February. 

Review/Selection Considerations

The undergraduate studies committee will review applications and award one Chorn Family Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each year.