Gift Giving to the History Department
The History Department has a number of Funds established to promote the Teacher/Scholar ideal among our faculty and to promote the intellectual development of our students majoring in history. Our department also sponsors numerous public lectures and symposiums designed to enrich the College, University, and wider community.
Your gifts can help us continue to enhance the intellectual climate of our campus and beyond. Funds can help sponsor visits by nationally and internationally renowned historians who impart their knowledge to our students and faculty. Your gifts can send students to academic conferences and symposiums where they can share their newly developed expertise with an audience of scholars beyond our campus. Your gifts can also bring alumni to campus to share their skills and life experiences with our students, helping them to prepare for their careers in the world beyond Wake Forest University.
Please consider designating your gift to one of the funds listed below. No matter the size, the support of our friends and alumni is important to us. Thank you for your endorsement of our program!
Selecting one of the links below will pre-designate the desired fund on the donation form. All you need do is enter your donor information, gift, and any matching gift information.
The Forrest W. Clonts History Fund.
This fund provides support for various educational purposes. The department annually awards The Clonts Excellence in History Award to our most outstanding history major among graduating seniors. This fund also annually awards a research prize to the student with the best research paper in European history. Lastly, this fund sponsors a biennial public lecture by an internationally renowned historian that is open to all students, faculty, and the public alike.
J. Howell Smith Family History Department Fund.
This fund enhances undergraduate learning experiences and career development by enabling their attendance in professional History conferences or similar scholarly or academic meetings. Students acquire and exchange information, knowledge, and advice from and with history professionals about the academic discipline of history as a profession. Fund distributions may be applied to defray expenses related to conference registration, travel, lodging, meal, and administrative costs for students to travel within the continental United States.
The Richard Worden Griffin History Fund.
This fund provides support for student and faculty research. It funds faculty research trips to archives across the United States, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Canada. Qualified students pursuing archival research for honors projects or for the research seminar papers receive funds to visit archives around the world. This fund also annually awards a research prize to the student with the best research paper in Asian, African, or Latin American history.
The James G. McDowell History Fund.
This fund is for educational use only. It allows the department to bring in speakers to enhance our students’ classroom experiences. Guest speakers not only deliver a public lecture that benefits the campus and community, but they generally visit our classes to share their work on a much more intimate level with our students. This fund also supports our Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) International History Association: it supports our PAT Book Club where faculty and students discuss recent scholarship; our PAT annual picnic where faculty and students engage intellectually in an informal setting; and our PAT banquet where our majors graduating with honors present their research findings.
The Henry S. Stroupe History Faculty Support Fund.
The fund annually awards one member of the history department faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding publication record. The financial award can be used for any professional development by that faculty member.
The History Fund.
This fund is for general use for any expenses that benefit the goals and objectives of the history department.
Note: There are many unallocated costs associated with the receipt and administration of gift funds. Accordingly, and in an effort to be fully transparent, donors should know that when funds from the gift are expended, 12 percent of this amount will be used by the university to cover administrative costs. For additional information regarding these Associated Program Costs (APC), please refer to this link under Financial Services.