Mansfield Historical Society Book Scholarship

In the Fall of 2018 The Mansfield Historical Society began offering a Book Scholarship to graduating seniors within the Mansfield Independent School District.  The purpose of the Scholarship is to help promote and maintain the local history of our region.  By preserving the knowledge of our region's past, present and future we, the Mansfield Historical Society, ensure that interest in membership will continue to grow among the students of Mansfield, bridging the gap between generations.


  • The Scholarship will be advertised through Holly McCanlies, Director of Guidance and Counseling, on the District Counselor website, at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, on social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and the MHS website.
  • The Scholarship award is competitive based on a research paper, the topic of which will be set each year by the MHS.
  • An ad hoc committee will be formed to read applicants' papers and interview those deemed to be the top five.
  • Once a winner is selected, payment will be made directly to the school of the student's choice, adding the Scholarship to the student's financial aid.

Application Process and Qualifications:

  • The Scholarship will be available to graduating seniors attending public schools in MISD, as well as students graduating from a Home School setting with residence inside the MISD boundaries (must include proof of residency)
  • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Minimum length of research paper will be 1,000 words on a local history topic
  • Must include at least one primary source and two secondary sources, in MLA format
  • Students will also prepare a resume that has two recommendation letters from their teachers
  • Students are expected to visit and utilize the museum resources as part of their research
  • Completed submissions should be emailed, in PDF form, to
  • Deadline for submission is February 17, 2020


  • The winner will receive a $1,500.00 Book Scholarship for their first year in college, which will be divided in two installments, $750.00 for Fall Semester and $750.00 for Spring Semester*
  • Membership to the Mansfield Historical Society will also be included.

2020 Research Topic:

  • Mansfield's contribution to the Vietnam War effort.  (Can also include the effect of the war on the Mansfield community.

*"Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2017-2018," Trends in Higher Education, College Board, accessed July 31, 2018,; states that college students at a four-year school averaged a total of $1,300.00 on books for 2017-2018.


Our first award in May of 2019 was to Legacy High School Senior, Carly Eisenhower (Press Release below).

The Mansfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2019 Book Scholarship Award.  In 2018 the Mansfield Historical Society initiated the award for Mansfield Independent School District graduating senior students.  The funds will be divided into $750 grants provided to the student’s university account for the purchase of textbooks during their initial fall and spring undergraduate terms.  To apply, MISD seniors needed a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Additionally, they were required to submit a short research paper with at least one primary and two secondary sources on a local historical topic.  Along with the paper, students submitted a resume, cover letter, and two recommendation letters directly to the Mansfield Historical Society.

​An ad-hoc committee of MHS members was formed and reviewed all application material, selecting three finalists:

Carly Eisenhower, “The Crisis in Mansfield”
Phillip Ipock, “Race, Religion and Fear: the Mansfield ISD Arabic Studies Program”
Katlin Nguyen, “Confronting Our Roots”

After interviewing each of the candidates, the committee selected Carly Eisenhower and her paper, “The Crisis in Mansfield” as the first recipient of the Mansfield Historical Society Book Scholarship Award.  In the paper, Carly uses court cases, newspaper accounts, and a host of secondary sources to argue that despite a 1956 appellate court decision to integrate Mansfield schools, the negative racial sentiments of some of Mansfield’s population coupled with the inaction of, then, Texas Governor Shivers led to the longest postponement of Brown v. Board of Education-mandated integration in the United States.

2019 MHS Scholarship Recipeint, Carly Eisenhower and MHS President, Christopher Ohan, PhD.

Carly graduated from Mansfield Legacy High School in Spring 2019 and will be attending Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in the fall.  She will combine her two passions by majoring in Deaf Education with a specialization in history so that, in her words, “By using history as a foundation, every generation can build and alter their own history that will be admired and remembered even after their time has passed…. I want to instill this belief and the importance of history in my future students to carry on the passion for knowledge of the past.”

​In addition to the scholarship, Carly was presented with a copy of The History of Mansfield, Texas, which chronicles the early history of the city to the 1960s.

​If you’d like to read Carly’s or any of the finalists’ papers, they are on file in the Mansfield Historical Society’s Library on the mezzanine level of the Mansfield Historical Museum.  For information about the MHS Book Scholarship, please visit