Joseph Logsdon Scholarship

Professor Joseph Logsdon in the classroom Photograph courtesy of the UNO Archives, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

Purpose

This scholarship, endowed by UNO alumnus Carl E. Muckley, is intended to provide financial assistance to a full-time junior or senior UNO history major who demonstrates exceptional ability and promise.

For more than thirty years, UNO Professor Joseph Logsdon was that rare combination of scholar and teacher. At the time of his death in the late 1990s, he had just been named the first Ethel & Herman Midlo Chair holder. In addition to being named a Research Professor, he was recognized for outstanding teaching. Logsdon mentored younger faculty colleagues as well as students. A native of Chicago, he became a New Orleans bon vivant during the thirty plus years he lived in the city. Not just a class room teacher, Logsdon lived the ideals he taught and was active in the NAACP, at the local, state, and national levels. His teaching popularity was equaled by his scholarship and he became a role model for many of his students, both undergraduate and graduate. One of them, Carl Muckley, was so impressed that he endowed a scholarship for history majors.

Eligibility

Applicants must be continuing UNO undergraduate history majors of at least junior standing in the Fall semester with at least two remaining semesters before graduation, (60 hours earned) with an overall 2.50 GPA, including at least 12 hours earned in History with a 3.00 over-all average in all history courses. Recipients must be full-time students during the semesters of the award. Sons and daughters of UNO history faculty are not eligible.

Criteria

Applicants will be judged and the scholarship awarded on the basis of academic performance and clarity of goals and purpose. Financial need can also be a consideration.

Application

Applicants must write a short (300 to 500 words) statement in which they outline their past academic work, career goals, and financial needs that they wish to have considered. Formal transcripts of grades are not needed. One letter of reference (preferably from a member of the History faculty) is required, addressed to the Undergraduate Advisor, Department of History.

Deadlines and Award Dates

The deadline for application is March 1 for the following academic year. The scholarship awardee will be announced at the annual College of Liberal Arts Honors Convocation, and the first half of the scholarship granted at Fall semester registration.